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 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department and is an ACGME accredited program. There is one fellowship position available each year. It offers training in both adult and pediatric, acute and chronic, traumatic, and non-traumatic conditions affecting the spinal cord. There is a special emphasis on medical and rehabilitative interventions used to optimize and enhance neural restoration.

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 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 have 4 primary training sites: Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI), Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH), Johns Hopkins Bayview (JHB) and Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH). Acute inpatient pediatric patients are seen while at KKI; adult inpatient SCI patients are seen while at GSH and JHB and outpatient adult and pediatric patients are seen while at KKI Outpatient Center. Fellows will have ample training opportunities in preventative care for patients with spinal cord injury including urologic management, musculoskeletal training, bone health and spasticity management.

We pride ourselves on continual, on demand feedback and encourage a strong mentor/mentee learning based environment. We utilize state-of-the art facilities and broad inter-departmental relationships (urology, neurology, pediatrics, orthopedics, pain management, emergency medicine etc.).

Patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) require a lifetime of care therefore 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. The goal of the program is to ensure superior training so that graduating physicians are able to address the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of SCI in both acute and chronic lifelong phases.

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