People with MS need access to the highest quality care to live their best lives. In recent years the ability to ensure that this care is available to everyone living with MS has come under threat due to the static or shrinking MS physician workforce. Fewer doctors are choosing neurology as a specialty, and even fewer the sub-specialty of multiple sclerosis care.
To ensure that high quality care is available in the future, the National MS Society has recently enhanced its clinical fellowship opportunities by committing more than $4 million to support the training of physicians in the comprehensive and multidisciplinary care of people with MS through the recently launched Institutional Clinician Training Award Program. Its aim is to provide MS clinical experts and their institutions with the funding and opportunity to become magnets for promising young physicians interested in learning how to care for people with MS.
This new approach provides five years of funding to an institution to support the establishment of a world-class training program. The result is a consistent and continuing opportunity to attract and train several highly skilled MS clinicians over multiple years. The Society’s recent commitment through the Institutional Clinician Training Program provided awards to the following institutions:
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL
University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
These world-renowned MS Clinical Care Centers draw from complex and varied MS patient populations and conduct cutting-edge clinical research, resulting in programs that provide advanced, comprehensive training. This training focuses on all aspects of patient management, including monitoring disease course, utilizing treatments, managing symptoms, multidisciplinary care, as well as exposure to clinical research.
“We are excited to develop a comprehensive program to ensure that our center trains highly competent MS experts capable of providing evidence-based, carefully considered therapeutic management for all MS patients.”
-Brenda Banwell, M.D, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, Mentor
The award’s unique flexibility allows the mentor and fellow to create a customized training plan tailored to the fellow’s background, interests and career goals that may span one to three years. And the Society’s five-year award gives mentors the certainty they need to attract and recruit the best candidates.
Given the world-class training and flexibility offered through Institutional Clinician Training Awards, mentors are able to attract and capture the talent and commitment of the most promising young physicians. These awards will produce the next generation of clinical care specialists with a depth and breadth of knowledge required to provide exceptional care to people with MS well into the future.