Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy Fellowships

Welcome to the Clinical Neurophysiology (CNP) and Epilepsy Fellowships at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. We offer ACGME-accredited fellowships in Clinical Neurophysiology, Adult Epilepsy and Pediatric Epilepsy (combined total of eight positions per year). Usually 1-2 of these positions are reserved for a 2-year fellow wishing to pursue an academic career in epilepsy.

FELLOWSHIP OVERVIEW:

Fellows will receive broad training in adult and pediatric epilepsy, autonomics, intraoperative monitoring, evoked potentials and neuromuscular disorders (for Clinical Neurophysiology fellows). We emphasize a balanced experience between structured didactics, scholarly activities and clinical experience. Dedicated, separate fellowships for Sleep and Neuromuscular Disorders are also available through Vanderbilt Neurology.

We pride ourselves in maintaining camaraderie and a friendly, open teaching and work environment. The program has a strong faculty base (13 in adult epilepsy, 7 in pediatric epilepsy and 6 in neuromuscular). We take special interest in career development and subspecialty board preparation for our fellows, while balancing life and enjoying all that Nashville has to offer.

Training is primarily based at Vanderbilt University Hospital and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Vanderbilt is a level 4 epilepsy center that offers inpatient epilepsy monitoring experience (8 adult and 4 pediatric beds), critical-care/ICU EEG, outpatient adult and pediatric clinics (including clinical trials), outpatient EEG and evoked potentials (EP), intra-operative monitoring (IOM) and surgical epilepsy. We perform approximately 50-60 combined adult and pediatric epilepsy surgeries per year. The program is supported by 2 neuropsychologists, 1 pediatric and 2 adult epilepsy-trained neurosurgeons, adult and pediatric neuroradiologists, neuroradiology studies (including SPECT, Wada, fMRI, and PET) and equipped for adult and pediatric invasive EEG monitoring with depth and subdural electrodes.

The neuromuscular experience highlights both adult and pediatric EMG lab experience and neuromuscular clinics, including dedicated ALS and MDA clinics at Vanderbilt. Fellows will be trained to be proficient and independent at EMG, nerve conduction studies, repetitive nerve stimulation, and single fiber EMG. This is supported by EMG lab experience at the Nashville VA Medical Center.

FELLOWSHIP DETAILS:

Within Clinical Neurophysiology (CNP), two tracks are available: Mixed EEG/EMG and Epilepsy. Within Epilepsy, two tracks are available: Adult and Pediatric. Both fellowships can provide experience in Adult EEG and EMU, Pediatric EEG and EMU, EMG, evoked potentials and intra-operative monitoring (IOM). See sample schedules below.

  • The mixed EEG/EMG track within CNP is designed to provide a broad exposure in preparation for private practice to include epilepsy, evoked potentials, and neuromuscular experiences.
  • The Epilepsy track within Clinical Neurophysiology is designed specifically to be the first year of a 2-year fellowship, for those who wish to academic epileptology. Fellows on this track spend their second year gaining advanced epilepsy experiences to include epilepsy surgery (subdural grids, depth electrodes, stereo-EEG, electrocorticography, neurostimulation, laser ablation), ICU/critical care continuous EEG monitoring,  education of junior fellows and research. A second year fellow may serve as the chief fellow and may have an epilepsy continuity clinic.
    • Intraoperative monitoring (adult and pediatric) experience is also available in both fellowships, depending on fellow interest.
  • Graduates of the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship are eligible for the ABPN Clinical Neurophysiology Board Certification Examination. Graduates of the Epilepsy Fellowship are eligible for the ABPN Epilepsy Board Certification Examination.

SAMPLE ROTATION SCHEDULES:

Adult Epilepsy Fellowship (1 year):

  • Adult EMU:  4-6 months
  • Adult EEG/EP: 1-3 months
  • Pediatric EEG/EMU: 1-4 months
  • IOM 1 month

Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship (1 year):

  • Pediatric EEG/EMU 7-9 months
  • Adult EMU: 1-2 months
  • Adult EEG/EP: 1-2 months
  • IOM: 1 month

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship (mixed EEG/EMG track):

  • Adult EMU: 4-6 months
  • EMG: 3-4 months
  • Adult EEG/EP: 1-3 months
  • Pediatric EEG/EMU: 0-3 months

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship (Epilepsy track):

First year:

  • Adult EMU: 4-6 months
  • Adult EEG/EP: 1-3 months
  • Pediatric EEG/EMU: 1-4 months
  • IOM: 0-1 month

Second year:

  • Adult EMU: 4-6 months
  • Adult EEG/EP: 2-3 months
  • Pediatric EEG/EMU 1-3 months
  • Elective (IOM, research, epilepsy clinic):  2-4 months

We look forward to hearing from you, and hope that you will visit us soon!
Dr. Bassel Abou-Khalil, Program Director, Clinical Neurophysiology

Dr. Amar Bhatt, Program Director, Epilepsy and Associate Program Director, Clinical Neurophysiology

Dr. Shilpa Reddy, Associate Program Director, Epilepsy

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Applicants must be either board-eligible or board-certified in Neurology and have completed an ACGME-accredited adult or pediatric neurology residency in the United States.

For questions about the Clinical Neurophysiology or Epilepsy fellowships, please contact Ms. Barbara Borel: barbara.borel@vanderbilt.edu or 615-936-0660.

We have filled our fellowship positions for 2018-2019. We are currently accepting applications for 2019-2020 for which we offer interviews on a rolling basis through spring 2018.

Click here to download the application (details regarding requirements and mailing process including in the application form).