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Headache Medicine Fellowship

The section of Headache Medicine at Yale School of Medicine offers a candidate a one-year, UCNS (United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties) accredited fellowship in Headache Medicine.

Headache fellows will join a team of multiple UCNS-accredited faculty in treating a wide variety headache disorders: episodic and chronic migraine, migraine misnomers (“tension,” “sinus,” and “cervicogenic” headaches), post-traumatic and other secondary headache syndromes, IIH, SIH, Cluster and other TACs. Yale is also a regional referral center for facial pain syndromes with an active neurosurgical service that offers SRS (stereotactic radiosurgery), MVD (microvascular decompression) and trigeminal nerve stimulation. The Headache Clinic has a busy outpatient infusion service for prolonged and refractory headache attacks that permits active exploration of novel treatments. We also offer inpatient headache management for the most challenging cases. The fellow will learn a variety of diagnostic approaches and treatment modalities, including procedural headache medicine: chemodenervation (botulinum toxins), trigger point and peripheral nerve block injection techniques. Fellows will also participate in teaching medical students and residents. The latter includes not only neurology, but also primary care and internal medicine trainees.

Yale Neurology is now a site for ARMR—the AHS/AMF American Registry for Migraine Research. The headache fellowship has a special interest in developing Structured Clinical Documentation tools in Epic to improve recognition and management of headache disorders across our healthcare system.

Yale Neurology has ongoing collaborations with Pain Medicine, Neuroradiology, Emergency Medicine, ENT, Primary Care and Gynecology services, with opportunities for elective time in any of these services. Elective time is offered at a nearby private headache practice in the country, also an active site for clinical trials.

The fellow is required to author at least one peer-reviewed publication and will have the opportunity to give presentations at regional and national meetings. There are opportunities to participate in ongoing clinical trials in our division, and fellows are encouraged to design, execute and publish an individual research project.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits, and there are countless opportunities for you and your loved ones to participate in the richness of the university’s culture and community.

How to Apply

A complete application should include a personal statement and your curriculum vitae. We also require three letters of recommendation. These can follow the initial application.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Fellow must possess a current valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States of Canada or its territories.
  • Fellow must be a graduate of a residency program in Neurology, Child Neurology, Internal Medicine, or other specialties accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
  • Fellow must be board-certified or board eligible for certification in a primary ABMS or RCPSC specialty.

Please send dossier to:
P. Christopher H. Gottschalk, MD
15 York Street, LLCI 710F
New Haven CT 06520

Contact Information

Susan Gehrmann, Senior Administrative Assistant

Headache Medicine Faculty