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Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship

The Department of Neurology at IU School of Medicine offers an ACGME-accredited Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry (BNNP) Fellowship program. The core mission of this program is to prepare clinical experts in cognitive and behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. Under the direction of Liana Apostolova, MD, this two-year clinical fellowship provides a broad exposure to a variety of conditions seen in the outpatient behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry clinics, including familial and sporadic neurodegenerative conditions, traumatic brain injuries, focal brain lesions, developmental disorders, and psychiatric illnesses. All fellows are exposed to clinical and/or basic science research during their fellowship years.

The BNNP Fellowship consists of three major elements: clinical, didactics and research.

Fellows receive first-hand clinical experience in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry through continuity clinics within the Memory Disorders Clinics, Department of Neurology and Geriatric Psychiatry clinics within the Department of Psychiatry. Other required rotations include neuropsychology, neuroradiology and neuropathology. In order to obtain further specialized training, a personalized clinical schedule can be developed to cater to each fellow’s specific interests, including neurodevelopmental clinics, psychosocial interventions, movement disorders or traumatic brain injury clinics.

Fellows receive formal, didactic exposure to clinical topics and research methodology as well as current perspectives in cognitive neuroscience. Didactics include a monthly IU School of Medicine Clinical Neuropsychology Seminar Series, a weekly Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Didactic Series, and selected didactics from the biweekly fall semester Tools and Techniques in Translational Research Seminar as well as weekly Neurology Grand Rounds, the Summer Stock Neurobehavior Lecture Series, monthly Neurodegenerative Clinicopathologic Conferences, weekly Neuroscience Research Seminar Series, and Translational Neuroscience of Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Fellows have the opportunity to gain research exposure in their own area of interest. They are assigned a primary research mentor with relevant expertise. All fellows are expected to develop at least three manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals during their fellowship. These may include case/report series, review articles, and/or independent clinical or research studies. In the second year, fellows with academic interest are encouraged to work on developing a grant proposal (pilot project, K08, K23 or equivalent).

Curriculum

The Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship curriculum is based upon the UCNS Core Competencies for certification in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychatry. Fellowship graduates should be fully prepared to excel on the UCNS Board examinations.