Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy Fellowship

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program Overview

The ACGME Accredited Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program will:

  1. Prepare fellows for the independent practice of clinical neurophysiology, i.e. the measurement and assessment of function of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems and skeletal muscles for the purpose of diagnosing, monitoring and treating neurological disorders.
  2. Provide fellows with the opportunity to acquire a thorough understanding of clinical neurology, normal neurophysiology and abnormal findings that occur in various neurological disorders so that they can select and apply properly clinical neurophysiological procedures to evaluate and manage patients.
  3. Provide fellow training based on supervised clinical work of increasing responsibility with both inpatients and outpatients in association with a foundation of organized instruction in basic neurosciences and neurophysiology.
  4. Program Director: James Tao MD PhD.
  5. EMG Director: Betty Soliven MD.
  6. Epilepsy Director: Sandra Rose MD.
  7. Questions? Contact Marla Scofield.

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Educational Goals & Objectives

  1. CNP fellow education is to include at minimum the proper application of clinical neurophysiological procedures including, but not limited to, EEG, EMG, nerve conduction studies, evoked potentials, epilepsy monitoring, intraoperative monitoring, polysomnography, and autonomic nervous system testing.
  2. Clinical and/or didactic experience is to include, but is not be limited to, the evaluation and treatment of encephalopathies, epilepsies, cerebrovascular disease, demyelinating disorders, tumors, CNS infections, movement disorders, sleep disorders, trauma, myelopathies, neuropathies, neuronopathies, radiculopathies, myopathies, and neuromuscular transmission disorders.
  3. The CNP fellow will obtain direct clinical experience in one of the two major areas of clinical neurophysiology (Combined EEG and EMG or EMG/Neuromuscular) with subspecialization in at least one area.
  4. The level of supervision provided to the CNP fellow and the clinical and teaching responsibilities of the fellow will evolve with his/her skill level, knowledge, and experience. Direct instruction of the fellow by CNP faculty will be replaced in turn by continuous and then selected supervision. Similarly, the CNP fellow will evolve from an assistant in medical student and neurology fellow education to a supervised instructor and finally to an independent instructor.

Epilepsy Program Overview

The ACGME Accredited Epilepsy Fellowship Program will:

  1. The program will provide training in the diagnosis and management for patients with epilepsy, including those with complications and diagnostic uncertainties. TheĀ  graduate should be able to apply outpatient and inpatient EEG facilities, including ambulatory and video/EEG monitoring units, to the management of patients with seizure disorders; and to provide or organize appropriate treatment, including pharmacological treatment, epilepsy surgery (traditional and minimal invasive), neuromodulation therapy (e.g. vagus nerve stimulation and responsive nerve stimulation) and diet treatment.
  2. Program Director: Sandra Rose MD.
  3. Questions? Contact Marla Scofield.

Supervisory Guidelines

  1. Fellows on subspecialty rotations are supervised by the attending clinical neurophysiologist(s) of that subspecialty for that day.
  2. Attendings must inform the fellow scheduled to be supervised on a given day of any changes in the attending schedule for his/her supervision.
  3. If a fellow requires assistance or supervision and the subspecialty attending of the day cannot be reached by the resident, the fellow should contact the laboratory director of that subspecialty.
  4. If a fellow requires assistance or supervision and neither the subspecialty attending of the day or the subspecialty lab director can be reached, the fellow should contact the director of the laboratories.
  5. Ascending levels of fellow supervision are as follows:
    1. Subspecialty Attending (of the day)
    2. Subspecialty Laboratory Director
    3. Laboratories Director.