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Epilepsy and Clinical Electroencephalography
Clerkship site: Harborview Medical Center
Preceptor: Shahin Hakimian, M.D.
Course description: Medical students will receive an introduction into epilepsy and the use and interpretation of the electroencephalogram and other clinical studies used to assess it. Each student will be under the direct supervision of several of the faculty epileptologists and clinical neurophysiologists.
Electroencephalography is particularly valuable in confirming the diagnosis of and forming the basis for the classification of the different types of human epilepsy. Expanded use of the EEG includes electrocorticography, where direct recording of the brain’s electrical activity is obtained at the time of epilepsy surgery and helps to guide the removal of abnormal brain tissues. EEG linked to video-audio systems is the basis for long-term epilepsy monitoring, where clinical and electrical events during a given seizure are correlated for patient management and care. The results of long-term epilepsy monitoring are frequently utilized to guide epilepsy surgery.
This clerkship is also designed to give experience and training in the evaluation and treatment of epileptic seizures and other spells. Will include working one on one with Epilepsy Center faculty in the outpatient setting, managing patients during long video EEG monitoring, and attendance at Epilepsy Center conferences and lectures. Experience in pediatric epilepsy can be arranged as appropriate. Participation in research can also be arranged on an individual basis as a separate experience.
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Absentee policy: This clerkship can be taken for 2 weeks or 4 weeks. For a 2-week clerkship, you are expected to attend every day. In the event of an urgent situation necessitating an absence, you must discuss this with your preceptor in advance, if possible. For a 4-week clerkship, please see Absentee/Work Hours Policies in menu at left.
Mini-CEX: No requirement.
Patient log: No requirement.
Pocket syllabus: None
Student evaluation: Discussed at site.
Course evaluations: Discussed at site.
Final exam: No requirement.
Grading policy: The 4-week elective is eligible for H/HP/P/F. The 2-week elective is only P/F.
Contact information: See corresponding tab.