Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

The Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited one year program (with an optional second year of Epilepsy or Neuromuscular Fellowship – see below). The fellowship offers specialized training in the diagnosis and management of central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous system disorders using combined clinical evaluation and electrophysiologic testing such as electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), and nerve conduction studies (NCS). Additional training in autonomic testing, polysomnography, and intraoperative monitoring is incorporated.

Fellows can select between an adult or pediatric-focused track; regardless of track, exposure is offered to patients and expert faculty from both disciplines. The education program includes a comprehensive neurophysiology lecture series. There are also weekly clinical conferences for epilepsy surgery, EMG, and muscle biopsy review. The fellowship provides hands-on experience and intensive individual training by faculty in the following procedures and clinical activities:

  • Basic electronics and principles of neurophysiology
  • Pharmacology of antiepileptic drugs
  • Investigational antiepileptic drug research
  • Outpatient epilepsy clinic
  • Use of the vagus nerve stimulator and responsive neurostimulation
  • Pre-surgical evaluation and surgical treatment of epilepsy
  • Scalp electroencephalography in neonates, children, and adults
  • Invasive electroencephalography with depth and subdural electrodes
  • Electrocorticography
  • Intra- and extra-operative cortical mapping
  • Wada testing
  • Intraoperative monitoring
  • Evoked potentials
  • Outpatient multidisciplinary neuromuscular clinics (including clinics sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association)
  • EMG and Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Muscle biopsies
  • Autonomic studies
  • Polysomnography, multiple sleep latency test and clinical evaluation of sleep disorders

Fellows in the adult track spend time at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Zale Lipshy University Hospital (a neuroscience specialty hospital). The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit has 11 beds and admits 500 patients annually. The associated Neurophysiology Labs provide outpatient and inpatient services to more than 1,100 beds within the affiliated sites of the UT Southwestern Medical Center. Outpatient experience is offered at the adjacent UTSW Aston Neurology Clinic.

Fellows in the pediatric track are based at Children’s Medical Center, where there is an 8-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit which admits 600 patients yearly for video-EEG monitoring. The pediatric Neurophysiology Laboratory performs more than 3,500 EEGs and evoked potential studies annually. The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has 7,000 outpatient pediatric epilepsy clinic visits per year and includes multidisciplinary clinics for the ketogenic diet, epilepsy surgery, and genetic syndromes programs. 

Fellows completing the program will be board eligible for subspecialty certification in Clinical Neurophysiology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). An optional second year of fellowship training in Epilepsy or Neuromuscular Medicine is available, and optimal for candidates preparing for an academic practice in a tertiary center. The combined 2-year fellowship program offers a greater opportunity to become proficient in advanced neurophysiologic techniques. Second year fellows are expected to complete an independent research project for presentation at a national meeting and publication.

How to Apply

Applications for the UTSW Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship are generally accepted about 18 months before the anticipated start of training. This is typically in December of the PGY-3 year (for Adult Neurology Residents) or PGY-4 year (for Pediatric Neurology Residents). Interviews typically occur thereafter in March.

Therefore, we will begin accepting applications in December 2014, for the 2016-2017 academic year (which commences July 1, 2016). Please contact the fellowship program director with any specific questions. Your application form (click here to download application), CV, personal statement, and 3 letters of reference can be sent to the following:

Sheila Palos, Fellowship Coordinator:  fellowship@utsouthwestern.edu
Attn: Ryan Hays, M.D (Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Director)
5323 Harry Hines Blvd, J3.118
Dallas, TX 75390-9036
Phone 214-648-8816
Fax: 214-648-9126

Program Director Email: ryan.hays@utsouthwestern.edu