Movement Disorders

Medical Doctor

Thank you for your interest in the University of Minnesota Movement Disorders Fellowship Program. We are the only Movement Disorders training program serving the 3.5 million people living in the Twin Cities area. Our program combines a busy subspecialty practice with cutting edge neuromodulation surgical practice and research.

Our fellows have the opportunity to tailor a fellowship to their needs by focusing on clinical practice, neuromodulation management, surgical neurophysiology or research.  All while enjoying life in the vibrant Twin Cities area rich with cultural and recreational activities. We look forward to hearing from you.


Program Highlights

  • Busy, comprehensive movement disorders practice with multidisciplinary clinical care team
  • Instruction in simple and complex deep brain stimulation programming
  • Active botulinum toxin practice
  • Biweekly surgical neurophysiology cases
  • Udall Parkinson’s Disease Center of Excellence
  • Opportunities for participation in active research in neurophysiology, bioengineering and MRI research laboratories
  • Curriculum/Program
  • Requirements/Application Process
  • Faculty/Fellows
  • Curriculum/Program

    The Movement Disorders Fellowship is a two year program.

    Year 1 includes intensive training in clinical movement disorders, focusing on presentation, diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease and atypical Parkinsonism. Clinical  rotations allow the fellow to evaluate and treat dystonia, tremor, myoclonus, chorea, tics, ataxia and other movement disorders. Fellows begin programming DBS patients with the aim of reaching basic competency in monopolar interrogation and initial programming, begin to follow their own panel of  botulinum toxin therapy patients. Didactic courses add structure and knowledge to clinical learning, including an intensive course on botulinum toxin lectures, ultrasound training and hands-on anatomy lab experience. Year-round lectures on DBS theory  and programming include basic principles, cutting edge research and practice.

    In Year 2,  fellows manage their own panel of patients with staff oversight. They become more involved in DBS surgical practice and advancing research, including in the UMN Udall Center. Fellows attend weekly microelectrode mapping of DBS surgeries and learn to perform complex DBS programming. Applications are accepted through SF Match.

  • Requirements/Application Process

    Applicants should be completing an ACGME-accredited neurology residency and be ABPN board eligible before starting the fellowship. Additionally, applicants must be eligible for a full MN Board license.

    Applicants meeting the above qualifications are asked to register with the San Francisco Match between April 1st and May 15th and submit the following directly to their central application service:

    • A curriculum vitae
    • Three letters of recommendation from faculty/mentors on letterhead with signature
    • A personal statement of interest in this fellowship or career path
    • Copy of UMSLE or COMLEX official score reports
    • A copy of your current ECFMG certificate (for International Medical Graduates)
    • Our coordinator will request information about your current visa/citizenship status (only J-1 visas sponsored by ECFMG are accepted)

    Consideration for an interview will be given following the download of a completed application through San Francisco Match no later than July 1st. Fellow selection is accomplished through the San Francisco Match, with ranking and selection taking place in early September.

  • Faculty/Fellows

    • Jerrold Vitek, MD, PhD Chairman of Neurology
    • Kristine Domingo, DO Program Director
    • Josh Aman, PhD
    • Khalaf Bushara, MD, FRCP
    • Yoon-He Cha , MD
    • Joseph Matsumoto, MD
    • Tsega Orcutt, NP
    • Scott Cooper, MD, PhD
    • Paul Tuite, MD
    • Kelsey Gagesch, MD (Fellow)
    • Allyson Connor, MD (Fellow)

Allyson Connor, PGY-6


Hometown: Oregon, WI

Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School

Residency School: University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University

Why did you decide to come to the U of M: Everyone I met on my interview, including attendings, fellows, nurses, and support staff, was friendly and genuinely happy to be working here. Also, if you want to learn about deep brain stimulation, this is the place to do it!

What do you enjoy most about the program: Everyone is excellent at their job which allows us to smoothly provide quality care. I'm constantly learning something from every team member I interact with.

What are your plans after fellowship: I plan to complete a Sleep Medicine fellowship and then enter academic practice as a clinician educator.

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Being out in the snow

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I can't walk by a bookstore without going inside.

If you weren't a physician, you would be: either a historian or a house flipper.

Kelsey Gagesch, PGY-5

FellowHometown: LaGrange Park, IL

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Residency School: University of Wisconsin

Why did you decide to come to the U of M MD Neurology Program: An amazing group of physicians and the location is hard to beat!

What do you enjoy most about the program: How nice and welcoming everyone is

What are your plans after fellowship: Still to be determined :)

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Exploring the dog parks!

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I have played flute/piccolo in medical orchestras throughout my medical training - originally I was a music major in college

If you weren't a physician, you would be: Musician