Vanderbilt Department of Neurology

Clinical Neurophysiology / Epilepsy Fellowship

Welcome to the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship at Vanderbilt University. We offer a one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology.  Currently there are three tracks: Adult Epilepsy, Pediatric Epilepsy, and “mixed” Neurophysiology (in which time is divided between epilepsy and neuromuscular experiences). We also expect to obtain ACGME accreditation in Epilepsy within the next year. Therefore graduates could be eligible to take either the Clinical Neurophysiology or Epilepsy subspecialty board examination.

We have a total of eight positions available per year.  There are additional opportunities for a second year of fellowship for anyone with an interest in academic epilepsy and research.  We offer a broad training in adult and pediatric epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, autonomics, intraoperative monitoring, and evoked potentials.  We emphasize a balanced year between structured didactics, scholarly activities, and clinical experience. Dedicated, separate fellowships for Sleep medicine and Neuromuscular medicine 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, 5 in pediatric epilepsy, and 6 in neuromuscular). We take special interest in preparing fellows for subspecialty boards, in helping fellows with career development, 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, intra-operative monitoring, and surgical epilepsy. We perform approximately 50-60 adult and pediatric epilepsy surgeries per year. The program is supported by 2 neuropsychologists, 3 adult and 1 pediatric functional neurosurgeons, neuroradiology and functional imaging (including SPECT, Wada, fMRI, and PET), and 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.
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. We begin accepting applications in the fall of 2015 and interview on a rolling basis through the spring of 2016 (for positions starting July 1, 2017). Along with the completed application form, please send a current CV, a personal statement including the intended track (neurophysiology, adult epilepsy, or pediatric epilepsy), as well as three letters of recommendation to Barbara Borel. She can be reached by phone at 615-322-0660, by fax at 615-322-1192, and by email at barbara.borel@vanderbilt.edu. (Although original letters can be sent by mail, fax or email are preferred to expedite review.)
We look forward to hearing from you, and hope that you will visit us soon!
               --Bassel Abou-Khalil, MD, Program Director
               --Amar Bhatt, MD, Associate Program Director

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