Vascular Neurology/Stroke

Stroke (Vascular Neurology) Fellowship

Duration:   One year 

Description: Our Vascular Neurology Fellowship is a 1 year post-graduate training program in advanced neurology with specific focus on stroke and cerebrovascular disease. Fellows will train under the guidance of board certified clinical neurologists with subspecialty training in vascular neurology. 

Comprehensive exposure to all aspects of cerebrovascular disease including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, vascular dementia, prevention and acute stroke treatment, stroke genetics and stroke related imaging, through outpatient and inpatient clinical rotations is the focus of our fellowship. We serve as major Stroke Center to a large underserved population of over 2 million patients in central PA and are the only tertiary referral center for patients with cerebrovascular diseases in the region. As such we manage a wide variety of patients with cerebrovascular disease. 

We offer active participation in clinical and translational research, teaching and community outreach. The fellow will have the opportunity to become actively involved in the area of clinical cerebrovascular research and can choose from a wide variety of ongoing clinical trials in stroke prevention, imaging and acute stroke treatment. We have close relationships and collaborations within the institution, with universities in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation allowing a broad involvement in scholarly activities. 

Our program allows fellows to be trained in neuroultrasound, stroke related neuroimaging and neurocritical care. All fellows will participate in multidisciplinary stroke management and cutting edge acute stroke interventions. Fellows can become involved in community outreach programs and in epidemiological based stroke research. Fellows will be asked to teach. Teaching responsibilities will involve medical students, residents, CME courses for practicing doctors and patient/lay audiences.
Fellows are expected to provide on-call coverage from home and to be available via beeper at assigned periods of time. Such on-call time will not exceed more than 6 months in each 12-month period of training. All cases will be discussed with the stroke attending, who is available 24h/7days a week, but will allow the fellow to become increasingly independent in the management of stroke patients. 

Fellows are eligible for three weeks of paid vacation time and one week of educational meeting time to present their poster or oral presentation. Reasonable expenses for attending the educational meeting will be paid by the program. Time for elective rotations and self directed study will be provided.
Contact Information:

Kerstin Bettermann, MD, PhD
Program Director
Penn State College of Medicine
Mail Code H037
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: 717-531-0003 (ext. 283934)
Fax: 717-531-0384

Before starting a fellowship, the candidate will have successfully completed an ACGME approved residency program in Neurology.  The candidate must be board eligible or board certified in Neurology.

Kerstin Bettermann, M.D., Ph.D.
Kerstin Bettermann, M.D., Ph.D.

We are now accepting applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for interested applicants applying for our fellowship position to begin July 2018. 

We also have an open fellowship position for July 2017. If you are interested in this, please contact Dr. Bettermann or Renee Choyce.

Regarding visa issues, you must be one of the following: a US citizen, permanent resident (green card holder), or have a J-1 visa sponsored through ECFMG. We do not sponsor any other visas.

Kerstin Bettermann, M.D., Ph.D
Fellowship Program Director, Department of Neurology
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Department of Neurology, H037
30 Hope Drive
Hershey, PA  17033

Phone: (717) 531-0003  ext. 283934
Fax:  (717) 531-0384


If you have any questions you are welcome to contact the program director (Dr. Kerstin Bettermann) at the following address: Or you may contact Renee Choyce in the Neurology Office at (717) 531-0003 (ext. 283934) or


The Hershey community is a wonderful and safe place to live, work, and play.  It offers fellows and their family members a wide range of cultural events, recreational facilities, superior schools and undergraduate institutions, and professional employment opportunities.

We understand that choosing a fellowship can be both difficult and exciting.  We want to provide you with the information you need to make an informed choice.