Neurohospitalist Fellowship Program

Neurohospitalist Fellowship Program Beginning 2020

The Neurohospitalist Fellowship Program at McGovern Medical School is a non-ACGME accredited 1-year fellowship with the option to extend training in epilepsy or stroke if certification in either area is desired. With access to resources of one of the busiest comprehensive stroke centers in the nation and a Level-4 Epilepsy Center that performs over 400 continuous EEG days a month, it is our objective to create a unique educational experience for our trainees to prepare them for a career in the burgeoning field of neurohospitalist neurology.

This fellowship serves neurologists who have just completed residency. Neurologists who have completed Epilepsy or Vascular Neurology Fellowship training can also complete our Neurohospitalist Fellowship to obtain additional experience in EEG or stroke patient management to supplement their existing training. Our program uses a weekly rotation schedule, allowing for maximum flexibility in creating rotations that meets the need of each fellow. This fellowship is suitable for those planning a career in private practice or those looking to pursue a career as an academic neurohospitalist where opportunities for quality improvement projects are available.

(example schedule)

7/1-7/07 7/8-7/15 7/16-7/23 7/24-7/31 8/1-8/07 8/8-8/15 8/16-8/23 8/24-8/31 9/1-9/07 9/8-9/15 9/16-9/23 9/24-9/30
Rotation  NH IOM NH RE SVC RAD SVC TN MH TCD MH EMG
Location MHH MHH MHH MHH MHH MHH MHH MHH MHH MHH MHH UTP

NH = Neurohospitalist service
SVC = Stroke Service
IOM = Inter operative Monitoring
RE = Routine EEG
RAD = Neuroradiology
TN = Tele-Neurology
MH = Medical Hospitalist
TCD = Transcranial Doppler
EMG = EMG/NCS
MHH = Memorial Hermann Hospital

 

Application Procedure


All applicants must have completed a residency program in Neurology from an accredited program in the United States or Canada. The fellowship is based at McGovern Medical School at UT Health and Memorial Hermann in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX.

To apply, please send your CV, personal statement and 2 letters of recommendation addressed to:
Shaun Smart, MD
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
6431 Fannin Street, MSB 7.101
Houston, Texas 77030
or via email to: neuro.hospitalist.fellowship@uth.tmc.edu 

If you have any inquiries, please contact:
Shaun Smart, MD
neuro.hospitalist.fellowship@uth.tmc.edu
713-500-7582

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is a neurohospitalist?
A: A rapidly growing way of practicing in neurology where the physician’s primary focus is on inpatient neurology care, either as a consulting service or as a primary service.

Q: Where do neurohospitalist work, private practice or academia?
A: Both. While neurohospitalist medicine initially began in the private practice setting, it has become an important part of academic medicine.

Q: What is a typical neurohospitalist schedule?
A: Typically, a neurohospitalist works a 1 week on/1 week off schedule.

Q: Why do a neurohospitalist fellowship?
A: With the rapid expanding amount of information needed to be mastered by a neurology resident along with the time restraints in residency, fellowship training is becoming a necessity for neurology training. A neurohospitalist fellowship allows those interested in practicing inpatient neurology the opportunity to broadly expand their knowledge base while easing the transition to becoming an attending.

Q: Why not do a stroke or epilepsy fellowship to pursue a career in inpatient neurology instead of a neurohospitalist fellowship?
A: A neurohospitalist fellowship offers a broader scope of practice than either a stroke or an epilepsy fellowship. It provides fellows with training in giving TPA and reading EEGs, which are both needed to provide inpatient neurology care. This is especially true in private practice.

Q: Should I do a neurohospitalist fellowship after a stroke fellowship?
A: Yes – if your primary goal is to be an inpatient neurologist! A year of a stroke fellowship will make you a great stroke doctor but will not give you any training in epilepsy or EEG. By combining your stroke fellowship with a neurohospitalist fellowship, you will maintain your stroke skills while learning how to read routine and continuous EEGs along with how to manage inpatient seizure patients. Those skills will enhance your inpatient neurology abilities while making you more marketable giving you more skills to generate revenue.

Q: Should I do a neurohospitalist fellowship after an epilepsy fellowship?
A: Yes – if your primary goal is to be an inpatient neurologist! A year of an epilepsy fellowship will make you a great epileptologist but will not give you any training in stroke. By combining your epilepsy fellowship with a neurohospitalist fellowship, you will maintain your epilepsy skills while enhancing your ability to manage stroke patients. This would will make you a better inpatient clinician while making you more marketable in academia and private practice.