Feinberg School of Medicine -- Spinal Cord Injury Medicine (SCIM) Fellowship

Funding Agency:
Northwestern University

The Spinal Cord Injury Medicine (SCIM) Fellowship is a 12-month program which focuses on specialized training on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of traumatic spinal cord injury, and nontraumatic myelopathies. The program is open to persons who have completed an approved residency program in a specialty relevant to SCIM, such as physical medicine and rehabilitation, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family practice, internal medicine, neurological surgery, neurology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, plastic surgery, surgery, or urology. Successful completion of the fellowship program satisfies the eligibility requirement to take the Examination in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine to obtain Subspecialty Certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine.

The SCIM Fellowship will include clinical experiences in the initial acute care management, acute rehabilitation and outpatient/chronic management of persons with spinal cord dysfunction. During the various clinical rotations, the fellow will work with physicians in the specialties of physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopedic surgery, neurological surgery, anesthesiology/ respiratory/ critical care, pediatrics, plastic surgery, urology and neurology. In addition, the clinical experience will involve rotations with other clinical disciplines such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and psychology.

Involvement in teaching activities and research are required components of the SCIM Fellowship. Teaching will involve activities within the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) SCI Program, as well as with medical students from Northwestern University and the residency program in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the RIC. It is expected that the fellow will complete a scholarly research activity during the fellowship year sufficient for national presentation or publication.

The clinical, educational and research activities will involve the resources available through the Acute Spine Injury Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) the SCI Rehabilitation Program at RIC, other departments and programs at NMH and RIC, and Northwestern University Medical School.

The application deadline for the Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship is Sept. 1, 2019.


Medical Fellow/Resident


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

September 1, 2019