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. Applicants should note that our department also offers a separate clinical neurophysiology fellowship of dual training in EEG and EMG. Some applicants may be in interested in a 2-year program that combines a first year of clinical neurophysiology with a second year of epilepsy training.
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 pre-surgical 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). Didactic opportunities include a weekly multidisciplinary Epilepsy Management Conference, weekly multidisciplinary SEEG 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:
Assistant Professor & Epilepsy Fellowship Director
Epilepsy Division, Department of Neurology
University of Florida
Application materials may be obtained from the fellowship administrator, April King at the email below:
Interview invites will be sent out following review of application materials to selected candidates.