Movement Disorders Fellowship

As a fellow of the UConn Health–Hartford HealthCare Movement Disorders Fellowship, you will train under the leading experts in the field of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

You will learn the best techniques in the administration of botulinum toxin treatment for common neurological conditions such as dystonia and hemifacial spasms. You will acquire expertise in the selection, intra-operative monitoring and programming of deep brain stimulation (DBS)Participation in clinical trials and independent research are also encouraged.

We are committed to providing you with an educational experience that is cutting-edge in the field of movement disorders. Graduates will serve to advance the science and understanding of movement disorders and become leaders in the field.

Program Overview

The UConn Health–Hartford HealthCare Movement Disorders Fellowship is a one-year program that accepts 1 fellow each year.

The primary sites are the Movement Disorders Clinic at UConn Health in Farmington and the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute Chase Family Movement Disorders Center (affiliated with UConn School of Medicine) which has locations across the state. As a fellow, you will gain experience in the care of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other movement disorders as well as training in deep brain stimulation (DBS) programming, programming and management of intrajejunal levodopa infusion and injections of botulinum toxin. There are also opportunities to be involved in the clinical trials and research projects that are ongoing at both locations.

The fellowship will take place through didactic sessions scheduled throughout the year, courses and symposiums and specialized movement disorder clinics.

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Clinical Sessions Weekly Schedule





Morning Session

MvD clinic


HD clinic


MvD Clinic


BoNT clinic


Afternoon Session

MvD clinic


MvD Clinic


MvD clinic


DBS surgery

Movement Disorders Lecture Series

You will present rare and/or interesting movement disorder cases during this clinically oriented lecture series. Video presentation of MD phenomenology will be studied. This serieswill also allow the discussion of cases and application of evidence-based medicine to the care of our patients.

Clinical Case Conferences

Youwill be involved in the preparation and presentation of 12 main topics about movement disorders for UConn Neurology residents. Topics will range from anatomy to clinical diagnosis and management of common involuntary movements.

Neurology Grand Rounds

Each year, the fellow prepares a topic to be presented at the Neurology Grand Rounds. The topic should be relevant to the non-specialist neurologists, neurology residents, medical students and health care providers attending this formal session. The Grand Rounds is an important step in preparing for a career in academic institutions and will help you to feel comfortable presenting to the public.

Annual PD Symposium

Keeping up-to-date with medical knowledge is of paramount importance for the training of MD specialists. The annual symposium will allow the review and analysis of new scientific data. This allows the best in evidence-based medicine to be applied to our patients.


Professor & Chairman

L. John Greenfield, MD, Ph.D.
Chair of Neurology, UConn Health
Academic Chair, Hartford Hospital
Specialty: Epilepsy

Movement Disorders Fellowship Program Directors

Joy Antonelle de Marcaida, MD
Program Director, Movement Disorders Fellowship
Medical Director, Chase Family Movement Disorders Center
Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute
Phone: 860.870.6385

Bernardo Rodrigues, MD, Ph.D.
Associate Program Director, Movement Disorders Fellowship
Director, Movement Disorders Division
UConn Health
Phone: 860.679.3186


The UConn Health –Hartford HealthCare Movement Disorders Fellowship salary is competitive with a full benefits package that includes medical, dental, life and disability insurance, professional liability, and a tax sheltered investment program.

Other benefits include book and travel expenses and four weeks of paid vacation/educational leave.

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How to Apply


1. Neurology Residency Training

A complete 4-year ACGME accredited neurology residency. Applicants must have successfully completed their neurology residency at an accredited United States training program.

2. International Medical Graduates

Our program welcomes international medical graduates that hold a valid ECFMG certificate. (This does not apply to Canadian graduates.)3.3. Year of GraduationNeurology residency graduation should be within two years of fellowship application.

4. Visas (If Applicable)

UConn only sponsors the J-1 visa for those candidates who are not permanent residents or U.S. Citizens. The University will NOT sponsor H1b visas.

5. USMLE Exams

USMLE exams Part I, II, and III (or equivalent) must be passed to begin fellowship positions.

Our program does not discriminate with respect to gender, race, age, religion, color, natural origin, disability, or any other applicable legally protected status.

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment in all respects and for all learners.

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The Ayer Neuroscience Institute

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