Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

The VUMC Department of Neurology Epilepsy Division currently offers eight positions for its ACGME-approved Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship. The Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship prepares trainees for practice in the care of a broad variety of neurological disorders. Fellows will develop the expertise to evaluate patients with epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders (EMG Track), and autonomic disorders. At the end of fellowship, the trainees are prepared for American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Subspecialty Certification in clinical neurophysiology. Graduates will be ready for the independent practice of CNP, including use of techniques such as EMG (EMG Track), EEG, ICU EEG, Evoked Potentials (EPs) and intraoperative Neuro-Monitoring. The program also provides the necessary tools to enhance academic careers by ensuring high-level research opportunities, teaching activities, and hands-on experience through exposure to patients and procedures. The goal of the program is to train future leaders in the field, preparing neurologists for academic as well as private practice neurology careers. The program also aims to boost the community by increasing the number of well-trained board certified neurologists, thus improving overall care for neurology patients.

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Tracks and Sample SchedulesTracks and Sample Schedules

Clinical Neurophysiology fellows may choose to follow one of two tracks. The one-year mixed track will offer four months of EMG/Neuromuscular study, plus eight months of epilepsy focus. The two-year Advanced Epilepsy track will follow clinical neurophysiology training in year one, and a strong focus on epilepsy in year two. 

Clinical Neurophysiology Sample Schedule

Educational ConferencesEducational Conferences

In addition to a rigorous clinical experience with a high volume of diverse cases, our epilepsy and neurophysiology fellowships are complemented by a robust year-round didactic and conference schedule. 

Clinical Case Conference: 
Monthly year-around attending-led interactive case conferences discussing challenging non-surgical (pediatric and adult) epilepsy cases.

SEEG (Case) Conference: 
Monthly attending-led interactive invasive EEG (predominantly stereoEEG) case discussions from the initiation of non-invasive pre-surgical surgical work-up to post-surgical outcome.

Tuesday 11AM Fellow Conference: 
Weekly multi-specialty (epilepsy, clinical neurophysiology, neuromuscular, sleep, psychiatry, neurosurgery, wellness) didactic sessions presented by faculty. This conference also includes a fellow-led and attending moderated in-service examination review course. 

Tuesday 12PM EEG Teaching Conference: 
Weekly fellow-led interactive, challenging EEG case discussions (pediatric and adult) presented to all faculty and fellows. 

Wednesday 12PM CNP and Epilepsy Course: 
Weekly multi-specialty didactic sessions covering diverse epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology topics.

Thursday 8AM Anti-Epileptic Drug Conference: 
Weekly fellow-led didactic sessions, each covering one anti-epileptic drug extensively. This conference also includes major epilepsy and neuromuscular topics.

Journal Club: 
Monthly journal club with faculty leader that selects 4-5 articles and (briefly) presents the first article followed by fellows presenting the remaining 4 articles.

Multidisciplinary Adult Epilepsy Surgery Conference (MAESC)
Bimonthly conference presenting potential adult epilepsy surgery candidates to multidisciplinary group of epileptologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologist, neuropsychologist, biomedical engineers and physicists.

Multidisciplinary Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Conference (MPESC)
Weekly conference presenting potential pediatric epilepsy surgery candidates to multidisciplinary group of epileptologists, neurosurgeon, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologist and physicist.

Research Conference: 
Quarterly forum for faculty to share ongoing or new clinical research projects with opportunity for fellow involvement. 


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Research OpportunitiesResearch Opportunities

Fellows in both tracks will have rich opportunities to engage in research. The Department of Neurology has investigators active in both basic and clinical research in epilepsy. For more information about what faculty members are currently studying, visit the Epilepsy Division’s research summary page.


Bassel Abou-Khalil, MD
Division Chief, Epilepsy
Program Director

Shilpa B. Reddy, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neurology
Associate Program Director

Tracy Bradley
Program Coordinator
Phone: 615-322-0660