Fellowship Programs

 

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Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

The Department of Neurology at the University of Florida offers a one-year fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology. Two positions are available, one with EEG/Epilepsy emphasis and the other with EMG/Neuromuscular emphasis. Both positions are accredited by the ACGME, and fellows who successfully complete the fellowship are eligible to take the Clinical Neurophysiology Exam offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in addition to the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (EEG track) or the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (EMG track). Applicants must have successfully completed an adult or pediatric neurology residency in the United States.

The EEG track fellowship consists of twelve months of training and includes three weeks of vacation. The goals of the fellowship are to develop competence in various aspects of clinical neurophysiology with a special focus on clinical epilepsy, video-EEG monitoring, epilepsy surgery and related procedures, electroencephalography and evoked potentials. The year is divided into nine months of EEG/Epilepsy, two months of EMG/Neuromuscular Diseases, and one month of Sleep Medicine and intraoperative monitoring. During the EEG/Epilepsy rotation, fellows are fully involved in the pre-surgical evaluation of patients with intractable epilepsy, assist in patient care, interpret video-EEGs,  and perform intraoperative electrocorticography. In addition, fellows assist in the management of patients with challenging, uncertain diagnoses and patients with established intractable epilepsy and other procedures such as intraoperative corticography and evoked potential.

The EMG track fellowship consists of twelve months of training and includes three weeks of vacation. The goals of the fellowship are to develop competence in various aspects of clinical neurophysiology with a special focus on the electrodiagnosis of neuromuscular disorders. The fellow will spend nine months on the neuromuscular/EMG service and will perform electrodiagnostic studies on patients with disorders of nerve, neuromuscular junction, and muscle.  The fellow will spend two months reading EEGs and one month in the Sleep Medicine Clinic participating in intraoperative monitoring.

Fellows in either track are encouraged to participate in ongoing research or conduct their own. Fellows will also participate in the education of medical students and neurology residents.

Application Process

Both fellowship positions for the year 2021-22 are now filled. We welcome applicants for our 2022-23 cycle. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact:

Stephan Eisenschenk, MD
Fellowship Director
Department of Neurology
University of Florida College of Medicine
HSC Box 100236
Gainesville, FL 32610-0236

Application materials may be obtained from the fellowship administrator, April King at the email below:

April.King@neurology.ufl.edu

Interview invites will be sent out following review of application materials to selected candidates.

Epilepsy Fellowship

This fellowship will be offered from the academic year 2021 as an ACGME accredited, one-year program. Up to two positions are available for applicants who have successfully completed an adult or pediatric neurology residency in the United States. The fellowship is accredited by the ACGME, and on completion, fellows will be eligible to take the epilepsy fellowship exam offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. The program is designed to provide one year of advanced training in epilepsy and electroencephalography (EEG); candidates interested in a preliminary general clinical neurophysiology year may inquire about a  combined 2-year program. The epilepsy fellowship will impart proficiency in all aspects of diagnostic neurophysiologic evaluations, such as routine and prolonged outpatient and inpatient EEG recordings, ICU-EEG, and the video-EEG of refractory epilepsy including intracranial monitoring. Fellows will be exposed to SEEG planning and interpretation, intraoperative electrocorticography and extraoperative stimulation mapping. Training will also include exposure to advanced epilepsy-oriented neuroimaging (MRI, fMRI, PET, SPECT), neuropsychology evaluation (including Wada testing), our newly-established transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) service, as well as outpatient clinic practice. Rotations in pediatric epilepsy are included in the fellowship schedule.

The epilepsy program at the University of Florida is a level IV NAEC Epilepsy Center that serves over 5000 patients each year. More than 3000 inpatient and outpatient EEGs are performed each year, including an ICU EEG program that operates in a 30-bed neuro-ICU in addition to medical and surgical ICUs. Our state-of-the-art adult EMU is equipped with 8 hard wired beds and admits more than 25 patients each month. The separate pediatric EMU has 4 hard wired beds.  We have a high volume of complex refractory epilepsy with a busy stereo-EEG service for presurgical patients who later undergo traditional cranial resective epilepsy surgery procedures, laser Interstitial thermocoagulation therapy (LITT) or responsive neurostimulation (RNS; NeuroPace). We also serve a large population of patients implanted with vagus nerve stimulators (VNS). Epilepsy fellows gain valuable experience our entire clinical service.  Didactic opportunities include a weekly multidisciplinary Epilepsy Management Conference, weekly multidisciplinary SEEG/intracranial EEG conference, daily neurology resident noon conference, weekly departmental grand rounds, and wide choice of other academic meetings at the University of Florida. Research opportunities abound in all fields relevant to clinical epilepsy – e.g. pharmacology, electrophysiology, imaging, health outcome, epidemiology and descriptive case series.

Fellows are additionally offered the annual American Clinical Neurophysiology Society In-Service Exam. In addition, attendance and presentations at the national American Epilepsy Society and American Clinical Neurophysiology Society are encouraged.

Interested candidates should contact:

Yue Wang, MD

Assistant Professor & Fellowship Co-Director
Epilepsy Division, Department of Neurology
University of Florida