Movement Disorders Fellowship

Movement Disorders Fellowship

Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Alice Flaherty
Program Director:
Dr. Alice Flaherty

The Movement Disorders Fellowship is a two-year program aimed primarily at physicians wishing to focus on research during their fellowship. Fellows typically spend 90% of their time on research and one half-day per week seeing movement patients in clinical setting. Clinical experience can be tailored to the fellow's interest, but typically includes exposure to the Botox clinic, deep brain stimulator unit, Huntington's group, and others.

A large part of the application process is the fellow's finding a research group with whom to work. Most applicants will already have a strong idea of what research group they want to join. Research can be carried out within any of the many research institutions in Boston, including non-medical settings such as MIT. We are happy to provide guidance to applicants who need more information about research opportunities at Harvard. Typically, our fellows' funding comes either from the lab in which they are carrying out their research, or by training grants they have acquired themselves.

Eligibility/Application Process

Any candidate who wishes to become a fellow must do so through the Movement Disorder Fellowship (MODIF) Match Network.

Applications must include the following:
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • A statement (one-page maximum) of your goals for the fellowship. How many years would you like to stay
       here (include plans after fellowship)? Would you like your training to be all clinical, all research (name
       particular laboratories or questions in which you are interested), or a mixture? What drew you to movement
       disorders? What are your plans after your fellowship?
  • Your visa status, if applicable. As you may be aware, movement disorders fellowships do not count as
       specialty training programs for J1 visa purposes.

You can send the material by e-mail (preferred) or regular mail, at the address below:

Alice Flaherty, MD, PhD (
Director, Movement Disorders Fellowship
Massachusetts General Hospital
15 Parkman Street, WACC 729B
Cambridge, MA 02114

Program Coordinator

Altrecia Henry
(617) 643-9136

Visit the Movement Disorders Fellowship website for further information.