Fellowship in Movement Disorders

Northwestern University offers a one or two-year Fellowship in Movement Disorders. The first year of training provides extensive clinical experience in all aspects of movement disorders including recognition, diagnosis and management of various movement disorders; administration of botulinum toxin injections for the treatment of movement disorders; and surgical management of patients undergoing deep brain stimulation, from selection of appropriate surgical candidates to post operative programming. This training will involve attendance in outpatient clinics, participation in the inpatient consult service, and participation in ongoing clinical trials, didactic sessions, and weekly/monthly conferences.

For trainees who choose the two year program, the fellow will have the opportunity to receive training in clinical trials methodology through formal coursework and to work towards a master's degree in public health or clinical epidemiology. There are excellent opportunities for research and collaboration in basic as well as clinical science, with many disciplines across the university, and the fellows are encouraged to purse a research project. The fellowship is structured to assure that fellows will gain experience and training for a competitive research career. By conclusion of training the fellow is expected to submit a grant proposal.


The primary focus of the fellow’s training during the first year will be on clinical competency (see clinical exposure below). Beyond participation in direct patient care, the fellow will also participate in weekly/monthly conferences that include video conference, didactic conferences on various subspecialty topics, research conferences, and journal club.


All fellows will have exposure to clinical trials and have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials.

For the appropriate candidate who chooses to participate in a two year program, the fellow will have the opportunity to receive training in clinical trials methodology through formal coursework and work towards a master's degree in clinical epidemiology.

There are multiple opportunities to collaborate in research, both in clinical and basic science research and the fellow will be encouraged to pursue these.

Clinical Experience

We offer a very robust clinical experience. The fellow will participate in at least five outpatient clinics a week with several movement disorders experts. He/she will also participate in the movement disorders consult service.

The fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in a pediatrics movement disorders clinic at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

The goal, by the end of the fellowship is for the fellow to be able to:

  1. Recognize, diagnose, and manage various movement disorders
  2. Administer botulinum toxin injections for the treatment of movement disorders
  3. Identify appropriate surgical candidates for deep brain stimulation
  4. Program deep brain stimulators for the management of movement disorders

Because of the breadth of resources available at Northwestern University the fellow may also be able to carve out exposure to unique areas of interest (e.g. rehabilitation medicine and alternative medicine)

Requirements & Eligibility

Candidates must have completed residency program in neurology or child neurology accredited in the United States or Canada.

Residents are selected for the Movement Disorders fellowship from eligible applicants based upon their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities. No discrimination is made based upon sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Approximately half of the eligible applicants are invited for personal interviews.

Application Process

We participate in the electronic San Francisco match and all candidates must register with the SF Match in order to submit a rank list. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Interviews are held in the spring/summer prior to the start date.

The exact date for submitting the match list has not been set for the coming year but is typically mid September prior to the July 1 start date.

All interested applicants are invited to interview. Application packets should include the following:

Cyndi Zadikoff, MD

Program Director

Cyndi Zadikoff, MD
Assistant Professor in Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Contact Us

For more information on the Fellowship in Movement Disorders, contact Erin van Bladel.

Erin van Bladel
Neurology Fellowship Coordinator

Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine, Abbott Hall
710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Room 1105
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312-503-2849
Fax: 312-908-5073