The Sports Neurology Clinic (TSNC) offers a 1-2 year fellowship in sports neurology. The goal of the program is to train outstanding clinicians and researchers with expertise in the diagnosis and management of concussion, post-concussion syndrome and other neurologic conditions in athletes.
TSNC fellows will treat athletes of all ages and skill levels in our specialized clinic and provide team physician coverage to multiple high schools, colleges and sports organizations which will include sideline experience in a variety of sports. They will also participate in research through TSNC and Athlete Brain Health Foundation. In addition to training in sports neurology, fellows may have the opportunity to spend time in other specialty clinics including primary care and orthopedic sports medicine neuropsychology, pain management and vestibular therapy. TSNC fellows will start their training each July, although flexible starting times are available. The standard fellowship is one year, but a second year can be added either for more specific clinical training or more time dedicated to research. This program is not an ACGME accredited fellowship.
The fellowship program is directed by Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, who founded the first sports neurology fellowship in the United States at the University of Michigan in 2012. In 2016 he launched The Sports Neurology Clinic, which is dedicated to protecting the brain health of athletes at all levels of play and the training of future sports neurologists.
- Completion of a residency in neurology or child neurology prior to starting the fellowship
- ABPN board- certified or board eligible
Fellows will train directly under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher. By caring for youth, collegiate, professional and retired athletes of various sport types and competition levels, fellows will gain insight into the full spectrum of clinical diagnosis and injury management techniques. Given the patient population of TSNC, fellows will also be exposed to the non-medical complexities of caring for professional and other elite athletes.
In addition to the evaluation and management of concussion, the TSNC Fellowship Program aims to develop each fellow’s ability to care for all neurological diseases in the athlete population with a focus on lifelong athlete brain health.
Experiences will include:
- Outpatient Clinical Care: staff an average of 3-5 half-days per week; locations and schedule will vary depending on the season, current research activities , as well as team and event coverage
- Team and Event Coverage: provide neurological care for high school , college and other sports organizations including neurological pre-participation evaluations (Neuro PPE’s)and live event coverage
- Possible Additional Clinical Rotations (average one half-day per week):
- o headache neurology, neuro-ophthalmology, vestibular therapy, physical therapy, craniosacral therapy, neuropsychology, primary care and orthopedic sports medicine, cognitive neurology, neurophysiology (EMG), PM&R spine/TBI
- Research: participate in ongoing research projects with the potential to lead a project with the goal of first author publication
- Education: organize bi-weekly academic lecture series and journal club, as well as community presentations
- Travel and potential presentation at academic conferences: examples may include Big Sky Athletic Training & Concussion Conference, AAN Annual Meeting, and AAN Sports Concussion Conference
- Opportunity to participate in US Ski and Snowboard Association activities
- Opportunity to participate in neurological aspects of the National Basketball Association