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Vascular Neurology Fellowship

About the Program

The Vanderbilt Vascular Neurology fellowship is a one-year, intensive clinical training program,  accredited by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education),   that prepares its graduates to enter a wide variety of careers in stroke and vascular neurology. The cornerstone of the fellowship is the 6 months fellows spend on the busy inpatient stroke service, where they serve as junior attendings. This experience is bolstered by a twice-weekly continuity clinic, as well as exposure to Neurocritical care, neuroradiology, inpatient rehabilitation and research. Fellows train primarily at Vanderbilt University Hospital, with one continuity clinic at the adjacent Veterans Affairs Hospital and rehab experience at Vanderbilt-affiliated Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center and winner of Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus and Target Stroke Elite Plus. We are situated in the heart of the stroke belt and have a busy clinical service. The hospital is a 966 bed facility with a 34 bed NeuroICU. VUMC has a robust multidisciplinary stroke team caring for on average 900 hemorrhagic and ischemic strokes yearly.

Fellows participate in varied educational experiences designed to provide them with high-level discussion of topics in vascular neurology. This consists of weekly didactics, attended by all faculty members, during which fellows discuss both core basic/clinical science content as well as the primary literature. A weekly interdisciplinary conference includes the stroke fellows and faculty, as well as neurosurgery, the Neuro ICU, neuroradiology and nursing.

Our program has a 100% boards pass rate, and graduates consistently obtain their position of choice after completing fellowship. This all occurs in a collegial and collaborative environment, encouraging our fellows to interact positively with coworkers. 

Prerequisite Training/Selection Criteria

The ACGME has approved two vascular neurology fellowship positions. Candidates should have successfully completed a residency in an ACGME accredited residency in neurology and must be board-eligible in that specialty.  Candidates are selected based on their achievements during residency, letters of recommendation and evaluations they receive in their training programs, and on a formal interview.

Applications are received through the ERAS system December-March with interviews taking place February and March. We require a CV, personal statement and 3 letters of reference uploaded to the ERAS system. Matching occurs through the NRMP in May. We sponsor H-1B and J-1 visas.

2020 Match Important Dates

December 1: Program begins accepting applications via ERAS

March 25: Ranking Opens

April 29: Rank Order List Certification

May 13: Match Day

Program Leadership

E Zimmerman

Eli Zimmerman, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program Director

L Hermann

Lisa Hermann, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Vascular Neurology Associate Program Director

R Black

Reena Black, M.B.A.

Program Manager

Phone: 615-936-1567