The West Virginia University School of Medicine announced recently that accreditation was granted for a new fellowship program in headache medicine. The fellowship is the only one in the state, and recruitment for the position starts in January 2018.

This one-year fellowship program accepts one fellow per year. Fellows get the opportunity to rotate with other relevant specialties over the course of their fellowship period including interventional pain management, neuro-ophthalmology, orofacial pain and addiction medicine.

The headache medicine fellowship offers one of the best training opportunities in the full range of headache disorders including migraine, cluster headache, trigeminal neuralgia and secondary headache disorders, including post-traumatic and post-concussion headache.

The program currently has three board-certified headache specialists and two nurse practitioners on staff and will help advance the understanding of the field of headache medicine as well as meeting the needs of the state’s population.

"Headache disorders are one of the most common reasons for Neurology clinic visits,” said Umer Najib, M.D., program director for the headache medicine fellowship and assistant professor in the Department of Neurology. “This fellowship will help us train more headache specialists to help our patients and advance the field of Headache Medicine."

The fellowship program is accredited by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS), a nonprofit organization that accredits training programs in neurologic subspecialties and awards certification to physicians who demonstrate their competence in these subspecialties.

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