The Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is pleased to offer a clinical fellowship for graduates of psychiatry specifically focused on developing considerable expertise in therapeutic brain stimulation. The fellowship experience provides an opportunity for the candidate to gain expertise in the application of novel brain stimulation therapies for treatment refractory psychiatric disorders. This fellowship will focus on treatment resistant mood and psychotic disorders across the lifespan. One day will be protected for the candidate to pursue an academic project with a specific focus on research, education or quality improvement.
Each fellow’s training program will be individually tailored to meet the training needs and individual interests of the candidate. The fellowship will include in depth training in the clinical application of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS). A primary clinical focus will be assessing patients’ suitability for different brain stimulation modalities and following patients through the clinical pathway of treatment within the centre. In addition, assessment and management of patients receiving Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST) will be part of the clinical duties. The candidate will be trained to be a fully independent brain stimulation practitioner (i.e., rTMS, MST and ECT) during the course of the fellowship.
The Temerty Centre has a specialized focus on clinical trials in multiple treatment resistant disorders as well as the use of neurophysiological tools to understand and predict outcomes. The fellow will participate in on-going clinical trials within the Temerty Centre and will be involved in the recruitment and retention of research subjects. Some examples of research studies currently ongoing at the centre include the investigation of MST for the treatment of refractory depression, comparative effectiveness trials of novel rTMS parameters for refractory depression, and examining the use of transcranial direct current stimulation to maintain response after MST, ECT and rTMS.
The fellow will have access to a broad range of multidisciplinary educational events within the Department of Psychiatry and through other departments at U of T, in addition to educational opportunities at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. The fellow will be expected to be involved in the teaching of medical students and psychiatry residents.
TERM and REMUNERATION
This position will start July 1, 2017 and end June 30, 2018. There is possibility of renewal for a second year. The position includes an annual stipend of $50,000CDN. Fellows with an independent practice license will be able to bill OHIP and will not have a cap on their income.
Dr. Daniel Blumberger MD, MSc, FRCP(C)
Dr. Jeff Daskalakis, MD, PhD, FRCP(C)
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