Advanced Practice Provider (PA/NP) Fellowship

Kimberly Robeson

Robert Wildman, M.D.
Primary Supervising Physician/Program Director

 

Julie DesMarteau, PA

Julie DesMarteau, MPAS, PA-C
Supervising APP

 

About

The Medical University of South Carolina’s Neurology Advanced Practice Fellowship Program offers a one-year program of advanced training. The mission is to provide specialty training to Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) seeking enhancement in knowledge and skills required for practice in the field of outpatient general adult neurology, while improving patient access to care and promoting effective utilization of APPs within the department.

Specific Objectives:

  • Prepare physician assistants for a career in neurology as competent members of a healthcare team, capable of providing care to patients with a wide variety of neurological concerns
  • Provide physician assistants with further education, specialized clinical and professional experience that distinguishes them from non-specialty trained PAs
  • Develop a broad differential diagnosis and respective diagnostic and treatment plans based a patient’s presenting symptoms in line with evidence based and cost-effective best practices
  • Advance competence in common procedures needed in outpatient neurology clinics
  • Improve critical thinking and communication skills

Curriculum:

  • Skills check off list (exam technique, procedures)
  • Comprehensive neurological exams
  • Assess new patients in the general neurology clinic under the direct supervision of a neurologist
  • Independently provide care in general neurology patients in follow-up clinics
  • Assist advanced practice providers in sub-specialty clinics within the stroke, epilepsy, movement disorder, and neuromuscular divisions
  • Perform procedures in a weekly clinic under the direct supervision of a neurologist: (e.g. lumbar punctures, Botox for headaches, Baclofen pump management, occipital nerve blocks)
  • Observation of sub-specialty procedures: EEG, EMG, Wada, biopsy, neurostimulator management, administration of cognitive evaluations (e.g. MMSE)

List of diagnoses we anticipate the fellows will become competent in treating in a general neurology setting:

  • Headache & intracranial hypertension
  • Facial pain
  • Nerve palsies
  • Aphasia/dysphagia
  • Vertigo/dizziness
  • Paresthesia
  • Multiple Sclerosis/Demyelinating disorders
  • Cognitive impairment/dementia

List of diagnoses we anticipate the fellows will become competent in treating through hospital discharge clinic and assisting in sub specialty clinics:

  • Movement disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Neuromuscular disorders

Physician Assistant Fellow Supervision: Physician Assistants provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive healthcare services under the supervision of physicians. This oversight is in the form of direct supervision in the new patient clinics and indirect supervision in follow-up clinics.

Application Requirements:

  • Graduation from an ARC-PA approved PA program
  • NCCPA Certification (or eligibility)
  • SC licensure (or eligibility)
  • Basic Life Support Certification (BLS)

Appointment: Physician assistant fellows will be appointed as a staff member of MUSC Health. 

The MUSC Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship in outpatient adult neurology 2021-2022 begins October 4th 2021 and ends September 30th 2022. Applications due by June 1st 2021. Interviews will take place in June and July 2021. Applications should include your CV and a letter detailing your interest in neurology and the fellowship program. New graduates should submit a letter of recommendation from one faculty member at you PA or APRN program, and one from a physician or APP preceptor, or a physician or APP you have worked closely with in the past. APPs who are already in practice should submit a letter of recommendation from a primary or alternate supervising physician. All application materials should be sent to Julie DesMarteau PA-C. There is no application fee.