Education and internships

International fellowship

Our department regularly hosts foreign neurologists or neurologists in training for fellowships of several months, sometimes up to a year. These fellowships offer them the opportunity to quickly gain a lot of clinical experience with movement disorders, especially dystonia. Our fellows participate in the outpatient clinics of professor De Koning-Tijssen and doctor Van Laar and, in doing so, get a comprehensive picture of the diagnostics and treatment of movement disorders. They also participate in (English-language) video sessions and science meetings about movement disorders.

We are part of the MDS (Movement Disorders Society) visiting trainee program. As one of the host institutions we offer several placements for trainees from abroad. Click here for more information on the program.

International fellowships up to today:

Kathryn Peall | Cardiff, UK | 01-04-2013 - 01-08-2013
Krzysztof Sadowski | Poland | May 2014
Stanislaw Szlufik | Poland | May 2014
Vladimir Han | Kosice, Slovakia | 1-04-2015 - 01-07-2015
Matej Skorvanek | Kosice, Slovakia | 01-09-2016 - 01-10-2016
Ramona Valante | Lithuania | 01-04-2017 - 01-06-2017 

Vladimir Han, Slovakia

Let me introduce myself: my name is Vladimir Han and I come from Slovakia. After completion of my medical studies at the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic in 2008 I have started to work at the Dept. of Neurology, University Hospital in Kosice, Slovakia, where I successfully finished my training in neurology. Subsequently my interest in movement disorders has raised, I joined the MDS and I began a PhD study with the topic: „Non-motor symptoms in patients with dystonia”. Besides the practice at the outpatient clinic for treating movement disorders I am also engaged in teaching of Neurology at the Medical Faculty of P.J. Safarik University in Kosice – both Slovak and international students. Among the other projects, I participate in the validation of the official Slovak version of the MDS Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale, as well as in the research supported by three national grants, that is focused on colonic alpha-synuclein as a potential biomarker of premotor Parkinson’s disease and on novel genetic mutations in the pathogenesis of dystonia syndromes.

I am very pleased that I could come to the Dept. of Neurology UMCG for three months (April-June 2015) in order to enrich my awareness of the movement disorders directly in the centre which is recognized for its excellence in this field. I feel welcome here mainly due to friendly and helpful colleagues – thank you all!

Dr Rezaei, Iran

I am a young Iranian neurologist recently graduated from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. During my residency and initial practice as a neurologist, I had great interest in the field of movement disorders, and my residency dissertation was about Parkinson Disease.

Early after my graduation, I started to get involved in a DBS surgery team in a newly established center in my city, Shiraz. I had limited experience with DBS,  and  I  was very keen on using  international  experience and exposure. Fortunately, this opportunity was provided to me to visit Groningen Medical center (neurology department).

This international experience was wonderful. During this period, I participated actively in the examination of movement  disorder patients. I attended stereotacticalprocedures for implantations of DBS and took part at the installing and adjustment of pump therapies and DBS in patients with movement disorders in Groningen and Hague. I also attended scientific meetings regarding movement disorders.

I also had a perfect experience in visiting the Dystonia Skill Lab in Amsterdam; the course aimed to gain the expertise in the application of BoNT in patients with focal dystonias. I regularly participated in BoNT treatment at their electrophysiology unit.

This experience was very valuable to me and for my professional experience. I was certainly not able to achieve this all  alone. I am very happy and satisfied about this, and I would recommend every young neurologist interested in movement disorders to visit this valuable center.