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  • Vascular Neurology Fellowship

    The ACGME-accredited Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program at Barrow Neurological Institute offers 1-year training for graduates of an adult neurology residency program.

    Goals & Objectives of the Vascular Fellowship:

    • Gain proficiency in acute treatment of vascular neurologic emergencies, including clinical diagnosis and management of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke
    • Understand pathophysiology of various cerebrovascular disorders, and develop expertise in their diagnosis, management, and prevention
    • Acquire the knowledge and skillset to provide high quality care to a diverse group of inpatients and outpatients with cerebrovascular disorders
    • Work effectively in collaboration with teams oriented to the care of patients with cerebrovascular disorders
    • Gain an understanding of the clinical research process in vascular neurology and be able to critically evaluate stroke literature
    • Develop skills to teach medical students, interns, and residents

    The Vascular Fellowship program at Barrow Neurological Institute offers two positions each year. This ACGME-approved program fulfills the requirements necessary for vascular neurology board eligibility.

    Conferences and Seminars

    • Bi-weekly Vascular Neurology case conference
    • Bi-weekly formal didactic teaching session and Journal Club
    • Weekly Neuroradiology Conference
    • Monthly stroke division meeting
    • Monthly neurovascular research meeting
    • Lecture opportunities to teach medical students and residents


    • Six months of inpatient stroke neurology service (home call, shared with attending)
    • One half-day outpatient clinic each week throughout the year
    • Six months of electives (no call):
      • Neuroradiology (including diagnostic radiology, interventional neuroradiology, and neurosonology)
      • Neurorehabilitation
      • Neurocritical care
      • Endovascular neurosurgery
      • Research

    Fellows will have the opportunity to take part in telestroke call for our mobile Barrow Emergency Stroke Treatment Unit, covering the City of Phoenix with a response radius of 20 minutes. In addition, fellows will become co-investigators on active stroke trials—gaining valuable training in clinical investigation and trial development skills—and assisting with patient recruitment and study management.

    Fellows are encouraged to attend the International Stroke Conference as well as other national conferences, especially if presenting research. Professional development funds for conferences and formal TCD courses are available for fellows.


    • A current valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States or Canada or its territories
    • Graduate status from a ACGME-accredited residency program
    • Board certified, or eligible for certification, in a primary ABMS or RCPSC specialty (as specified by the Subspecialty)
    • Completion of USMLE steps I, II, and III.

    Foreign medical graduates with equivalent qualifications are also eligible to apply provided the following criteria are met:

    • Graduate status from an ACGME accredited residency program
    • Completion of all three of the USMLE examinations
    • Completion of a CSA exam
    • ECFMG certificate (if applicable) – Foreign appli­cants must have ECFMG certification. We only accept J1 Visa; we do not sponsor H1 visa.

    We are now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year (2 fellows per year).

    How to Apply

    The following materials are required of all applicants to the Barrow Vascular Stroke Fellowship Program:

    • Barrow application (application can be requested by email: [email protected])
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Personal statement or letter of interest
    • Copy of medical school diploma
    • Medical school transcript
    • Three letters of recommendation sent directly by letter writers (waived rights)
    • Letter of good standing from current or past residency program director
    • Certificate of completion from any preliminary training (i.e., PGY-1 Internship)
      • Not needed if PGY-1 was categorical
    • USMLE/Complex Scores (Step 1, Step 2 CS, Step 2 CK, Step 3)
    • ECFMG certificate (required only for foreign applicants)
    • Apply through NRMP/ERAS: and complete a BNI application by contacting [email protected] and an application will be forwarded to you.
    • We accept, but do not sponsor, J1 visas.  We do not sponsor H1 visas.

    Program Director

    Jina M. Youn, M.D.
    Assistant Professor of Neurology: Neurovascular Division and Stroke Program
    Director of Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program

    Program Coordinator

    Lisa Clark-Imperial
    Fellowship Program Coordinator
    [email protected]

    About Barrow Neurological Institute
    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.