The Merz Canadian Fellowship in Spasticity and Tone Related Impairment

Guidelines for Program Proposal

A 1 year Fellowship post FRCPC and open to Canadian Trained Neurology and Physiatry Residents.

Goal is to improve knowledge and education in the treatment assessment, and evaluation of tone related impairment.

The purpose of the Merz fellowship is to improve the quality of medical education in tone related disorders in Canada. The Fellowship makes it possible for young Canadians who have been selected for appointment on the continuing staff of a Canadian medical school,  to acquire knowledge, techniques, and experiences in a medical centre other than their own.

Funded Support $65,000 (fellow) and $10,000 to supporting academic program.

Any interested Academic Centre who feel they can support the fellow will submit a 2 page proposal outlining the fellowship offered at their institutions. The successful applicant will choose your program based on the information provided.

The successful candidate fellow cannot have been a resident in your program.

Each Program willing to support a fellow for one year with a specific spasticity fellowship director.

Application Deadline: January 31

Instructions to Institutions and University Programs wishing to support a fellowship:

  1. 1-2 pages
  2. Should include outline of clinics and clinical exposure available to the resident
  3. Must show how research of 20-30% of fellows time over the year is committed to research (1-1.5 days per week) and will be supported and relevant
  4. Highlight/Outline strengths and weaknesses and why resident should consider your program
  5. Programs are encouraged to have a broad exposure to advance expertise in Spasticity

Examples of broad exposure include but not limited to:

Pathophysiology and anatomy, clinical practice in assessment and management, exposure to chemodenervation (toxin, phenol), pharmacology, surgery, intrathecal baclofen, EMG, US, Neurosurgical management of tone and pain, bracing, outcome measures, and the role of chemodenervation in movement disorders.

Research is not just encouraged but expected with a minimum of 20-30% (1 day /week) of the fellows time with a focus on tone related impairment and spasticity.

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Question One:

Please indicate clinic availability and give a brief description of Clinical practice in the assessment and management of tone related impairment, spasticity to include outpatient Stroke, TBI, SCI, MS, CP, NMD etc.

eg.  Exposure and expertise in pharmacology, Chemodenervation (toxin), Surgery, Phenol, Intrathecal baclofen, bracing etc.

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Question Two:

Describe what is available, potential for learning opportunities, and why a Fellow would choose your program.

eg. Multi/interdisciplinary Baclofen pump program, or Surgical Management of upper or lower limb or Adolescent and Child tone related program

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Question Three:


Dedicated 20-30% of time will be spent on Research with a focus on tone related impairment, for example: long term management of stroke, outcome measures, kinematics, etc. Fellows must complete a research project (with a goal of 1-3 papers, at the end of the Fellowship)

Outline research opportunities and strengths and weaknesses of your centre's research infrastructure and exposure with emphasis on building a base to start their career in an academic position.

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Question Four:


Please outline the opportunity (approximately 1 day per week) for clinical activity outside of spasticity.

eg. Clinical exposure to EMG, Peripheral Nerve Injury, stroke, TBI, etc., or similar clinical exposure to enhance clinical skills as an academic physiatrist/Neurologist.

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