Upon completion of the program, the fellow will demonstrate the ability to:
Clinically manage the medical, pharmacological and rehabilitative needs of persons with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury
Competently perform mental status and neurological exams as well as interpretation and application of neuro-imaging studies and neuropsychologic testing
Develop and implement specialized treatment regimens including behavioral modification programs and programs for patients with disorders of consciousness
Function as the leader of the rehabilitation team designing and implementing comprehensive rehabilitation programs in inpatient and outpatient settings
Manage spasticity through various means including serial casting, medications, motor point and nerve blocks, botulinum toxin injections and intrathecal baclofen pumps
Demonstrate an understanding of the management principles and practices related to the brain injury medicine
Develop an understanding of clinical medical research through topics in statistics, basic measurements, IRB approvals and clinical design
Education will be done in a variety of settings in the JFK Medical Center and Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Hospital systems:
Inpatient Acute Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Subacute Inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Outpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Acute trauma consults
Electives may be available based on the fellow’s and the department’s needs and interests.
Research and Innovation
Fellows are assisted in completing at least one research project during their training. Project suggestions and assistance may be obtained from the fellowship director and/or other faculty members. Senior grant funded investigators are working on state of the art research to advance the understanding and clinical care of brain injured patients. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in this research and develop research projects of their own. The fellow is given the opportunity to present their research at the Annual Brain Injury Alliance Seminar in May of every year.