Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

The Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited, 12 month, fellowship program designed to train academic, specialty-trained spinal cord injury physicians to provide the highest level of medical and rehabilitation care and advance the frontiers of spinal cord injury medicine through research and education. The fellowship is sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and training will be based at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The fellowship will work collaboratively with the other specialty hospitals in the metropolitan area to provide a comprehensive educational experience.

  • Patient Demographics
  • Conditions Treated
  • Procedural Components
  • Patient Demographics

    Our program will provide opportunities to care for patients of all ages. The concept of lifelong care, to include end of life, will be emphasized. The Minneapolis VAMC serves as the “hub” caring for veterans from all over the Midwest region.

  • Conditions Treated

    A broad range of conditions in spinal cord injury medicine will be encountered in inpatient and outpatient settings. Common diagnoses include: traumatic spinal cord injury, spinal cord disorders such as MS, ALS, infections, infarcts, tumors and myelopathy, and pediatric conditions such as spina bifida. Care of the multitude of complications secondary to spinal cord injury, such as autonomic dysregulation, neurogenic bowel and bladder, sexual dysfunction, overuse injuries, etc. will be mastered.

  • Procedural Components

    Fellows will have exposure to comprehensive spasticity management including intrathecal baclofen therapy, botulinum toxin and phenol injections and joint injections. Opportunities will be available to advance EMG skills. Fellows will also be exposed to cystoscopy and urodynamic testing for neurogenic bladder, flap surgeries, ITB test dose trials and implants based on interest. 

Sites & Rotations

Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center Training Content:

  • Inpatient experience
  • Outpatient experience
  • Preventative SCI medicine
  • ALS clinic
  • Palliative care
  • Intrathecal baclofen pump management
  • Botulinum toxin injections for spasticity
  • Didactics
  • Research

University of Minnesota

  • Outpatient experience
  • Research

Regions Hospital/HealthPartners/Hennepin County Medical Center Training Content:

  • Acute traumatic SCI inpatient consultations
  • Inpatient experience
  • Outpatient experience
  • Didactics

Gillette Children's Hospital Training Content:

  • Pediatric outpatient experience
  • Intrathecal baclofen pump management

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Training Content:

  • Inpatient experience
  • Outpatient opportunities
  • Activity-Based Locomotor Exercise (ABLE) Program

Program & 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.

Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship Manual