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Our department offers several ACGME-accredited fellowships in Clinical Neurophysiology (EEG/Epilepsy & EMG/Neuromuscular) and Stroke/Vascular Neurology
Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program
The Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program, directed by Dr. Geetha Chari, is an ACGME-accredited one-year fellowship providing training in a broad range of electrophysiological techniques. Applicants to the fellowship must have completed an accredited 3-year residency program in neurology or child neurology in the United States or Canada. On completion of the fellowship, fellows are eligible for certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) with added qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology.
Fellows elect to major in either EEG/Epilepsy or EMG/Neuromuscular Disorders, and spend approximately 2/3 of their time in their major area. The remainder of their time is spent in the other areas of neurophysiology, including electroencephalography (EEG) or electromyography (EMG), polysomnography, and evoked potentials (EP). Broad exposure to clinical neurophysiology is accomplished by hands-on experience, observation, and didactic lectures. Intensive attending teaching and supervision is provided throughout all rotations. The fellow's responsibility and autonomy is increased progressively as his or her fund of knowledge increases.
During the EEG/Epilepsy rotation, fellows rotate through the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, EEG lab, EP lab, and have an option of rotating in the sleep lab. These rotations include exposure to studies of adult, pediatric, and neonatal inpatients and outpatients with a wide variety of neurological disorders. The combined laboratories of SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) perform 1500 EEG studies per year. Long-term video-EEG monitoring is performed in the UHB Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, a 6-bed inpatient unit for adults and children with refractory epilepsy, with additional 2 portable video-EEG monitoring units for bedside recording. Polysomnography and evaluation of sleep disorders are performed at the Center for Study of Sleep Disorders attached to SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Fellows also gain experience in clinical epilepsy during this rotation by active participation in the UHB Epilepsy Clinic and inpatient consultations.
During the EMG/Neuromuscular section, fellows rotate through the EMG laboratories of SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Kings County Hospital Center, ensuring exposure to a broad spectrum of neurophysiological techniques. Trainees perform and interpret EMG and related studies, including motor control physiology, magnetic stimulation, and autonomic nervous system testing. Clinical experience in neuromuscular disorders is acquired through inpatient consultations and participation in the MDA Neuromuscular Clinic at SUNY Downstate Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Yaacov Anziska.
A weekly lecture series covers all aspects of clinical neurophysiology. Other weekly or biweekly conferences include Neurology Grand Rounds, an epilepsy management conference, epilepsy conference for neurology residents and fellows, an EEG conference, and Neuromuscular Conference. Fellows may elect to participate in rotations outside the fellowship program to gain more in-depth experience in sleep, intraoperative monitoring, autonomic function testing, and intracranial EEG. Opportunities are available to individually design fellowships to include clinical or basic science research.
Please mail completed application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to:
Geetha Chari, M.D.
phone: (718) 270-2042
SUNY Downstate offers two 1-2 year ACGME-accredited stroke fellowships. One fellowship position is in conjunction with Long Island College Hospital. The fellowships offer comprehensive training in the clinical diagnosis and management of cerebrovascular diseases. Fellows will participate in acute stroke management, inpatient stroke unit, outpatient stroke clinic, and consultation to other services. Opportunity for participate in non-invasive cerebrovascular evaluation, interventional neuroradiology, neurocritical, care clinical trials, and basic neuroscience and epidemiological stroke research is also available.
For more information, please contact Alison Baird, M.D., Ph.D.