Headache Medicine Fellowship
Headaches account for more disability than any other neurological condition yet there are relatively few UCNS board-certified headache medicine specialists across the country. Fellows will be educated in how to build and lead a multi-disciplinary headache program that delivers the much needed care to high volumes of patients while maintaining personal job satisfaction. Ideal pediatric migraine management requires training in not just medications and procedures but also a robust integration with psychology, school/work functioning and non-pharmaceutical pain management including self-regulation skills, nutraceuticals, physical and vestibular therapy, non-invasive neuromodulation, acupuncture and more.
The 12-month fellowship program will be a longitudinal learning experience with regular and repeated exposure to acute and chronic headache patients in a diversity of patient care settings and headache management complexity. Strong emphasis will be put on learning from other specialties including amplified pain management, physical therapy, psychology and others. Fellows will have bimonthly adult headache clinics at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City.
Your clinical experience
The Headache Section at the Children's Mercy is a multi-disciplinary team that is capable of providing quick access to first-line headache management and the comprehensive treatment needed by the most refractory and disabled patients. Our training program is led by experienced headache clinicians, educators and researchers who are passionate about meeting the needs of this underserved population. All of the faculty members have backgrounds in post-graduate training and understand the needs of the learner. Our ACGME programs are strongly supported by the institution and similar support has been contributed to our UCNS Headache Medicine fellowship. Our GME program has a core curriculum for fellows so that the fellows' various educational needs are met such as in safety training, quality improvement, and, importantly, physician wellness.
Gina Jones, DO serves as the Headache Fellowship Program Director. Dr. Jones believes in leading with a vision and passion for improving the lives of our patients. The headache section is comprised of 2 neurologists, 2 pediatricians, 2 pain psychologists, 5 headache trained APRN's, 1 headache dedicated research assistant and nursing support.
The headache section serves over 7,000 patients a year and provides a wide range of treatments including in-clinic headache infusions, pericranial injections, botox, medication management, acupuncture, lifestyle management, school re-entry planning, biofeedback, relaxation training, non-invasive neuromodulation etc. The headache section is active in research with a history of publications and grant funding. Headache advocacy is also a key component of the headache section including but not limited to school nurse educational programs, community educational outreach, development of the website www.headachereliefguide.com, a site organizer for Runnin' 4 Research 5K which raises money for headache research and political advocacy for headache funding.
The headache section members also work closely with other specialties such as physical therapy, pain management, developmental and behavioral medicine, pain rehabilitation, ER providers and others to provide our patients comprehensive treatment and our trainees a 360-degree learning experience. In 2018, the headache section opened a direct access urgent care for headache patients providing the much needed “right time, right place” approach to severe headaches.
Salaries and benefits
- PGY 4: $73,104.03
- PGY 5: $74,983.71
- PGY 6: $77,302.28
- PGY 7: $79,636.38
- PGY 8: $83,262.40
- PGY 9: $85,342.40
- PGY 10: $87,049.25
Benefits for fellows
- $1,500 Educational stipend per academic year for books, travel and other educational materials
- $2,250 Professional stipend for academic year to present scholarly activity
- Health and dental insurance for trainee and dependents with no premiums
- Hospital-issued iPad
- Free parking
- Moving allowance
- 20 days of vacation
- Paid sick time
- Paid board exam
- Access to clinical and research librarians, statisticians, scientific writers and learning specialists
- Tuition allowance of $5,250 per year
- On-site fitness center and wellness center
The curriculum has been designed in a fully longitudinal design to integrate the fellow’s multidisciplinary learning experience and maintain close contact with core headache faculty. The weekly and biweekly clinics will have a set schedule throughout the 12-month curriculum.
- Multidisciplinary Outpatient Headache Clinic = 8 hours per week for 52 weeks (Approximately 2.6 months)
- Self-directed Learning = 2 hours per week for 52 weeks (Approximately .65 month)
- Mentored Research and QI Development = 8 hours per week for 52 weeks (Approximately 2.6 months)
- Headache Procedure Clinic = 4 hours per week for 52 weeks (Approximately 1.3 months)
- Outpatient Headache Clinic = 4 hours per week for 52 weeks (Approximately 1.3 months)
- Infusion and Inpatient Consults = 2 hours per week for 52 weeks (Approximately .65 month)
- Adult Outpatient Headache = 8 hours per week for 26 weeks (Approximately 1.3 months)
- Pain Management = 4 hours per week for 10 weeks (Approximately .25 month)
- Concussion Management = 4 hours per week for 5 weeks (Approximately .125 month)
- Physical Therapy and Rehab = 4 hours per week for 5 weeks (Approximately .125 month)
- Neuro-ophthalmology = 4 hours per week for 2 weeks (Approximately .05 month)
- Dental = 4 hours per week for 2 weeks (Approximately .05 month)
- Elective = 4 hours per week for 10 weeks (Approximately 1 month)
Apply for the program
In order to apply for the Headache Medicine Fellowship, you must provide:
- A letter of interest
- Curriculum vitae
- Two letters of recommendation
- Foreign graduates: copy of ECFMG certificate
- Interviews will be arranged after initial screening of applications. Due to health considerations associated with COVID-19, interviews will take place virtually.
Contact Rachel Laws, Fellowship Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Headache Medicine Fellowship leadership team
Gina Jones, DO
Jennifer Dilts, DO
Associate Program Director
Rachel Laws, MBA, C-TAGME
Sr. Fellowship Coordinator