Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowships
NYU Langone’s Department of Neurology offers an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)–accredited, one-year fellowship in clinical neurophysiology, directed by Deana M. Gazzola, MD. The clinical neurophysiology fellowship combines rotations and clinical experience covering electroencephalography (EEG), nerve conduction velocity (NCV), electromyography (EMG), and evoked potentials (EPs), with additional experiences in intracranial EEG monitoring, functional mapping procedures, and intraoperative procedures.
During this year of training, fellows acquire the skills needed to practice as independent clinical neurophysiologists in either an academic setting or in private practice. The one-year fellowship can be followed by a second, nonaccredited year of training, during which time you enjoy both dedicated research time and clinical work in the area of epilepsy.
The second year of fellowship is highly recommended for those individuals who wish to pursue a career in academic medicine as an epileptologist. The dedicated research time gives you the opportunity to develop a research project in an epilepsy-related area of interest in collaboration with some of the country’s leading experts in the field.
We offer two training program tracks, an EEG track and an EMG track. The standard one-year neurophysiology fellowship combines clinical work in both EEG and EMG. The year’s rotation schedule, however, reflects the fellows’ primary interests. Those focused on a career in EEG and epilepsy have more EEG-dedicated service time, whereas the schedules of fellows planning a more EMG-centered career reflect that goal.
Fellows rotate through two main sites during their first year: NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, where EEG–epilepsy training takes place, and NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, where EMG rotations take place. Tisch Hospital is home to NYU Langone’s adult and pediatric inpatient video EEG monitoring units. Tisch Hospital also possesses an active epilepsy surgical service, as well as an epilepsy consult service.
All incoming fellows begin the program in July, on the first day of the academic calendar year. Before orientation, materials are made available to assist you with scheduling medical record system training and understanding rotation-related procedures and expectations.
All fellows have remote online access to an electronic PDF library of selected EEG and epilepsy-related articles. This is an excellent resource, and you are highly encouraged to read the literature throughout their academic year. In addition, you may review orientation materials featuring general policy and procedures, as well as our fellowship rotation handbook, all located online for convenience. An instructional video series that takes you step by step through the mechanisms of different rotation-specific tasks is also available.
Didactics and Conferences for Fellows
All clinical neurophysiology fellows are expected to attend regularly scheduled conferences that make up the clinical neurophysiology fellowship curriculum. Topics related to EEG, epilepsy, EMG and nerve-conduction studies (NCSs), sleep, EPs, and neuromuscular disease are covered across the year. Lectures are held every Thursday at 12:00PM and are prepared and given by faculty for fellows; in the latter half of the year, EMG-track fellows lead case presentations and discussions at the weekly conference, under attending physician supervision.
While on service at Tisch Hospital, all fellows are encouraged to attend the Multidisciplinary Conference, held on Mondays at 3:30PM, where patient cases being considered for surgery are presented to NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Participants include epileptologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, and nursing staff.
Every Wednesday morning a separate journal club–style conference is held at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. This is protected time for fellows on the Tisch Hospital rotations. Invited lecturers from NYU Langone, as well as other external facilities, lead the discussions, in addition to our own Comprehensive Epilepsy Center faculty. Clinical neurophysiology fellows also have the opportunity to lead one journal club each year. Fellows also present a quality assurance project, which they may work on as a group across the year, at the end of the academic year during Wednesday morning conference.
Research is a major focus at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and our faculty are involved in a number of ongoing projects. Participation in research during the fellowship year is encouraged, and fellows are paired with mentors toward the beginning of the academic year based on the fellow’s area of interest.
Research working groups from the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center have regular meetings on Wednesdays, immediately after the morning lecture. Fellows with academic or research interests in a particular topic are encouraged to attend. The format of these meetings varies, from formal lectures on new data and reviews of related recently published literature from other groups, to working meetings to discuss new projects or troubleshoot ongoing projects.
In addition, formal laboratory meetings for the research labs affiliated with the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center are scheduled regularly, and fellows participating in research projects with these groups are encouraged to attend.
How to Apply
The application deadline for our fellowship training programs is December 12, 2017. Applicants must submit the following items before the application deadline:
- the completed application form
- a brief personal statement (one page or less) detailing your interest in our fellowship program, career accomplishments, and short- and long-term career goals
- your current CV
- one letter of recommendation from your residency program director
- two letters of recommendations from other individuals
Additional supporting materials, including copies of papers or abstracts in which you are listed as an author, are encouraged but not required. Only qualified applicants will be invited for an interview.
If possible, please combine your application form, personal statement, and CV into one PDF file (Word files are acceptable). Send all application materials to program coordinator Luisa Gutierrez by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail it to:
462 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
For more information on our fellowship programs, please contact Dr. Gazzola, fellowship director, at email@example.com or 212-263-4352.
For application information or questions, contact Ms. Gutierrez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-263-3737.