The Indiana University School of Medicine Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship curriculum is based on the UCNS Core Competencies for certification in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry. Fellowship graduates should be fully prepared to excel on the UCNS Board examinations.
Fellows receive first-hand clinical experience in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry through continuity clinics within the Department of Neurology Memory Disorders Clinics and Department of Psychiatry Geriatric Psychiatry clinics. 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. Didactics also include 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. Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry fellows are expected to publish their original work in peer-reviewed journals during their fellowship. These may include case reports, review articles, and/or independent clinical or research studies. Fellows with academic interest also receive training in developing a grant proposal (pilot project, K08, K23 or equivalent).