Number of Fellows: 3 per year
Length: 1-2 years
Accreditation: ACGME (1st year only)
Salary Level: PGY 5 Level
The objective for this one or two year position in clinical neurophysiology with emphasis in epilepsy is to obtain a broad education in the clinical, electrodiagnostic, and pathophysiological aspects of epilepsy. The program provides a strong foundation in general clinical neurophysiology so participating fellows are eligible for examination/certification in Epilepsy through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and "Clinical Neurophysiology with Added Competency in Epilepsy Monitoring" through the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (ABCN). In addition to general training in all areas of clinical neurophysiology (see description of the General Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship), this fellowship emphasizes neurophysiological applications in epilepsy diagnosis and therapy. Didactic instruction and laboratory experience emphasize routine and ambulatory EEG, video-EEG monitoring (in diagnostic and presurgical applications), EEG monitoring in the ICU, evoked potentials (including intra-operative monitoring), and functional mapping with direct cortical electrical stimulation. Training in clinic settings emphasizes epilepsy diagnosis and therapy, with exposure to other paroxysmal and persistent disorders of consciousness, cognition and behavior. Emory University serves as a major tertiary referral center for patients with epilepsy for Atlanta and the Southeast. The faculty provides internationally recognized expertise in epilepsy and seizure disorders.
Clinical services offered by the faculty include:
Fellows spend approximately 10 months of their time split between the Emory Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (3.5 months) the Emory ICU EEG Monitoring Unit(3.5 months) and the Emory Subspecialty Clinic (3 months). Trainees spend the remaining 2 months with the EMG Division at which time they have dedicated exposure to outpatient EMG clinics, inpatient and outpatient EMG, as well as associated clinical conferences.
Our program additionally includes exposure to pediatric neurology/epilepsy and evoked potential/intraoperative monitoring (EP/IOM) for interested trainees.
Didactic conferences include the following:
Fellows are additionally offered the annual ACNS Inservice exam.
Research opportunities include genetics and epilepsy, brain imaging, transcranial magnetic stimulation, studies of epilepsy in special populations (pregnancy, childhood syndromes, and the elderly), EEG monitoring in the ICU, cognitive effects of epilepsy and studies of antiepileptic therapies (drugs, surgical resection, and neurostimulation). Opportunities for conference attendance and poster presentations: American Epilepsy Society, American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, American Academy of Neurology, Kiffin Penry Mini-fellowship