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Brain Stimulation Fellowship

Accepting Applications Now to Start July 2014

The Faculty of the Brain Stimulation Laboratory (BSL) at the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Psychiatry are now accepting applications for the position of Brain Stimulation Fellow to begin July 1, 2014.

Background: Although there is an explosion of the brain stimulation methods in psychiatry, many of whPatient receiving TMSich are clinically approved and being used by psychiatrists, there are no formal training positions. The MUSC BSL has been a leader in this new field, and in 2011 we created and began a one-year ‘fellowship’ in this area. In the early days of interventional cardiology or inverventional neuroradiology, there were no formal fellowships or pathways to training and credentialing. A few leading universities created positions to fill that void until national accrediting pathways were created. The MUSC BSL is filling that void now in the new area of ‘interventional psychiatry’, or formal in-depth training in the brain stimulation methods.

Requirements: The ideal candidate would be a psychiatrist who recently graduated (or will graduate in June) from a training progra
m and wants to sub-specialize before beginning their clinical or academic career. Candidates must be an MD (or DO) and be board eligible or board certified in psychiatry and be able to obtain a clinical license in South Carolina.

Faculty position/tenure status: This is an instructor position, tenure track-eligible, with a nonrenewable 12-month contract, beginning July 1st 2014 and ending on June 30th 2015. In the spring of 2015, if any additional clinical or research opportunities were available for a subsequent academic year, then the fellow could pursue a contract for assistant professor/tenure track at MUSC with appropriate salary.

Salary: $100,000 base for core responsibilities in brain stimulation clinical service and research. The position is listed 60% clinical and 40% research. 60% of the fellow’s base salary would come from clinical services performed at MUSC, while 40% of the base salary would come from clinical research performed at the Brain Stimulation Laboratory. The fellow can earn additional income from clinical coverage on nights and weekends at MUSC and MUSC affiliated psychiatric care, once he or she is credentialed at MUSC.

Goals: To become knowledgeable and skilled in all of the current clinical and research brain stimulation modalities, including ECT, TMS, VNS, DBS, tDCS and EpCS. The fellow would receive documentation certifying their training and MUSC credentialed status in multiple brain stimulation technologies.

Responsibilities: Clinical responsibilities will include but are not limited to providing brain stimulation consultations and providing a mix of ECT, TMS, and VNS and DBS programming. Research responsibilities will include participation in clinical research protocols within the BSL. The fellow would attend investigator meetings, conferences, and could participate in research publications. There is also the possibility for individual investigator initiated research.

Location: The bulk of the brain stimulation work would be done on the 5th floor of the MUSC Institute of Psychiatry, which is an entire floor devoted to brain stimulation. The fellow will have an office and access to faculty parking. Charleston is a lovely seaside city, with good public schools, and great restaurants and beaches.

Supervision: The Fellow will be supervised by Drs. Mark George, Baron Short, Colleen Hanlon and Jeff Borckardt.

Interested applicants should send by email or snail mail a covering letter, current CV, and the names of two references to Dr. Mark George, 502 N IOP, MUSC, 67 President St., Charleston, SC, 29425. We will conduct initial interviews by phone or skype and then have finalists visit Charleston before making a final offer by March 2014.

Mark S. George, MD
Distinguished University Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Neuroscience
Director, Brain Stimulation Laboratory
Editor-in-Chief, Brain Stimulation: Basic, Translational and Clinical Research in Neuromodulation