Brain Injury Medicine

The Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship is a recently approved ACGME fellowship in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. The fellowship received initial ACGME accreditation in September 2016. 

The purpose of the Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship is to provide comprehensive training for the evaluation and management of brain injuries across the entire spectrum of care from point of injury through rehabilitation; as well as across all types and severity of injuries. Brain injury medicine programs across the country will be participating in The Match.

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Fellowship Overview

This is a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship. Board-eligible/board-certified applicants from Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Neurology, and Psychiatry are encouraged to apply. The fellowship is made possible through the collaboration of three sites across our current training landscape including: Veteran's Affairs Medical Center (VAMC-Minneapolis), HennepinHealthcare (Minneapolis), and Gillette Specialty Children's Healthcare (St. Paul). This partnership provides access to the entire spectrum of care from emergent evaluation and management at a nationally-recognized level 1 trauma center, to combat-related injuries typically only seen at VA medical centers, and to a pediatric-specific population at a site well known for its brain injury program. The fellowship year will consist of 12-one month rotations (6 months VA, 5 months HCMC,1 month Gillette) and will provide exposure to inpatient and outpatient management, an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, neuroradiology, and population-specific procedures such as spasticity management with botulinum toxin injections. The fellow will be responsible for direct patient care and will also provide supervision of residents within the University of Minnesota PM&R residency program. Faculty from all sites will provide mentorship for the fellow during their time in the program.

Program Aims

  • Attract and train fellows who have demonstrated a passion for brain injury medicine as well as outstanding humanistic, academic, and scholarly skills
  • Prepare these fellows to practice independently in the care of persons with brain injury across diverse care settings
  • Provide service to our local and regional community in the care provided, as well as educational and preventative efforts aimed at brain injury

Sites & Rotations


Minneapolis VA Medical Center

  • Outpatient Brain Injury Clinic
  • Inpatient Ward
  • Interdisciplinary Opportunities


  • Outpatient Brain Injury Clinic
  • Inpatient Ward/Consult Service
  • Neurosurgery/Emergency Medicine/Critical Care

Gillette Specialty Children's Healthcare

  • Inpatient Opportunities
  • Outpatient Opportunities


Rotations allow the fellow to have ample experience at each site. Additionally, the fellow will have a weekly continuity clinic that they will maintain throughout the year.

Program and Policy Manuals

For information that applies to all fellows in a training program at the University of Minnesota, consult the Institution Policy Manual. Information in the Institution Policy Manual takes precedence over the Program Manual in cases where there is conflict.

Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship Manual


Lindsey Christ
Education Coordinator

Mailing Address

Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship Program
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 297
Minneapolis, MN 55455