The Spinal Cord Injury Medicine (SCIM) Fellowship at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University was established in July 2007 under the auspices of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. It is and is an ACGME accredited program offering 1 fellowship position each year.
It offers training in the management of acute and chronic spinal cord injury/spinal cord dysfunction (SCI/D) in both the adult and pediatric populations. There is a special emphasis on medical and rehabilitative interventions used to optimize and enhance neural restoration.
The goal of the program is to provide superior training so that graduating physicians are able to address the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of spinal cord injury and dysfunction (SCI/D) in both acute and chronic lifelong phases.
The program follows a “medical home” model, involving intense and meaningful communication between patient, family, medical professionals (physician, physical and occupational therapists, all specialized in SCI/D care), case manager, social worker/mental health counselor, resource utilization specialist, etc. creating a complete and comprehensive program to deliver individualized medicine, thus improving quality of life and decreasing lifetime costs.
We pride ourselves on continual, on demand feedback and encourage a strong mentor/mentee learning based environment. We offer a variety of clinical research opportunities, directed learning in quality improvement and patient safety, promote adaptive sports and virtual reality training in our program and within the community.
Fellows will be trained in preventative care and management of secondary medical issues associated with SCI/D. We utilize state-of-the art facilities and have broad inter-departmental relationships (urology, neurology, pediatrics, orthopedics, pain management, etc.). Our primary objective is to focus our training on preventive interventions to mitigate secondary complications while advancing day to day and neurologic function based on sound neuro-scientific principles.