Epilepsy Fellowship

Epilepsy Fellowship

The VUMC Department of Neurology Epilepsy Division currently offers six positions for its ACGME-approved Epilepsy Fellowship. The Epilepsy Fellowship prepares trainees for independent advanced epilepsy practice including advanced medical and surgical managements of epilepsy. The trainees will develop the expertise to evaluate patients with new onset or refractory epilepsy patients and pursue surgical work up and management when appropriate. At the end of fellowship, the trainees are prepared for American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Subspecialty Certification in Epilepsy. Graduates will be ready for the independent practice of Epilepsy including medical and surgical management of epilepsies. They will also be proficient in outpatient, critical care EEG (ICU EEG), Evoked Potentials (EPs) and intraoperative neuro-monitoring interpretation. 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 epilepsy positions. The program also aims to boost the community by increasing the number of well-trained board certified epileptologists, thus improving overall care for neurology patients with epilepsy.

Dr. Khalil and new epilepsy fellows


Tracks and Sample SchedulesTracks and Sample Schedules

Both one- and two-year tracks are available. The one-year track follows a typical schedule and focus, with the option to specialize in either adult or pediatric epilepsy. The two-year Advanced Epilepsy Fellowship offers additional research opportunities, more clinical experience, and more surgical cases. Advanced Epilepsy Fellows may complete their first year of fellowship with either the Epilepsy Fellowship or the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship. The second year is then dedicated to intensive epilepsy training.

Epilepsy 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 the one- and two-year 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


ContactContacts

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

Angela Crudele, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurology
Associate Program Director

Tracy Bradley
Program Coordinator
Phone: 615-322-0660
Email: tracy.bradley@vumc.org