Vascular

Thank you for your interest in the Vascular Neurology Fellowship at the University of Minnesota.  The University of Minnesota Stroke Program operates two comprehensive stroke centers, the University of Minnesota Medical Center and Fairview Southdale Hospital, in addition to an innovative network of emergent and inpatient Telestroke sites.

The stroke program is housed within the Stroke Clinical Service Unit which encompasses vascular neurology, neurocritical care, cerebrovascular neurosurgery, and endovascular surgical neuroradiology.  Our trainees are exposed to the entire spectrum of cerebrovascular disease through the collaborative academic and clinical mission of our stroke neurologists, neurointensivists, cerebrovascular neurosurgeons, and endovascular surgical neuroradiologists.

We are energetic and enthusiastic about our mission, which is reflected in our unprecedented growth over the past few years.

Program Highlights

  • The opportunity to combine the vascular neurology fellowship with a one-year NIH Stroke Network Research fellowship or two-year Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology fellowship.
  • Telestroke training in acute stroke, but also in novel settings such as virtual inpatient stroke services and remote clinic follow-up (coming soon).
  • Exposure to academic and private practice comprehensive stroke center models.
  • Stroke and Neurocritical Care weekly didactic lectures including Mortality & Morbidity (1st Tuesday), Journal Club (2nd Tuesday), Interesting Cases (3rd Tuesday), and didactic lectures (4th/5th Tuesday).
  • Weekly endovascular case conference facilitated by neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroradiology staff.

Requirements & Application Procedures

Applicants must have completed an ACGME or Royal College of Physicians accredited residency in neurology and passed the USMLE Step 3 examination before entrance into the program and must be board-eligible/certified in neurology.

Three training tracks are available (See ERAS for specifics):

  • Vascular neurology: one year of accredited vascular neurology fellowship.
  • Vascular neurology/StrokeNet research: one year of accredited vascular neurology fellowship plus one year of NIH-funded StrokeNet research. Additional information may be requested from the StrokeNet coordinator.
  • Vascular neurology/endovascular surgical neuroradiology: one year of accredited vascular neurology fellowship, one year of preliminary (non-accredited) training, plus the ACGME-accredited senior endovascular surgical neuroradiology year.

Procedures

Please apply to our program through ERAS and indicate the track or tracks in which you may be interested. You will be able to refine the list during an interview visit. If you are aware that the two- or three-year tracks are of interest to you, you must make application to that effect by February 1st. Positions are filled through the NRMP match (See dates on the NRMP website).

Please upload the following materials to the ERAS system and register with NRMP. ERAS document uploads take place December-January. The NRMP Match opens in late January, the rank-order list deadline is first week of May, and Match Day falls in mid-May. Our interviews are planned for February-March.

  • Your latest curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (signed, on letterhead)
  • A personal statement of interest in this subspecialty/ies and career path
  • Copy of USMLE/COMLEX examination score reports for Steps 1, 2 and 3
  • Email indication of visa status
  • Copy of ECFMG certificate (if international medical graduate)

Competitive applicants will be invited to visit the University of Minnesota for an interview with the Program Director and selected faculty members.