Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program
The clinical neurophysiology fellowship program at the University of Washington is a one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship designed to develop clinical proficiency in clinical neurophysiology.
In this fellowship, fellows elect to focus on one of two tracks: EEG or Neuromuscle Disease. The goal of this program is to 1) acquire clinical proficiency in the medical and surgical aspects of epilepsy, interpretation of EEGs, LTM, and EPs (EEG track), or EMG/NCS and neuromuscle disease (Neuromuscle track). Secondary goals are to gain familiarity with the subspecialty not selected for focus, Sleep Medicine, and Intraoperative Monitoring. Exposure to research in clinical neurophysiology is supported and encouraged. For fellows in the EEG/Epilepsy track, this fellowship will provide a solid foundation for entry into an Epilepsy Fellowship.
The adult EEG track provides for 10 months of hands-on, inpatient clinical exposure to routine and extended EEGs, ICU LTM, EP, and phase I presurgical evaluations under one-on-one supervision and guidance from attending physicians. 9 of the 10 months will be spent in adult EEG at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. One month will be spent studying pediatric EEG at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The remaining two months of the year will be spent on a secondary focus: intraoperative neuromonitoring or neuromuscle disease. Outpatient subspecialty exposure will be acquired through a year-long, half-day continuity clinic in Epilepsy. Didactics include an intense introductory lecture series in the first two month, followed by weekly teaching and work conferences.
The pediatric EEG track is similar to the adult EEG track, but with 9 months of pediatric neurophysiology at Seattle Children’s Hospital and one month of adult EEG/EP at the University of Washington Medical Center. Fellows will also hold a year-long, half-day continuity Epilepsy clinic. The remaining two months will be spent on a secondary interest of choice: intraoperative neuromonitoring or neuromuscle disease at the University of Washington. Didactic schedule parallels the adult EEG track.
The neuromuscle track provides for 10 months of rotations concentrating on EMG/NCS and the management of neuromuscle disease at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Childrens’ Hospital. For the remaining two months, fellows will rotate through adult EEG/EP at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. Fellows will also attend the introductory didactic lectures in the first months, followed by EEG/EMG/pathology teaching and work conferences. A weekly half-day continuity clinic under the direct supervision of an attending physician to gain longitudinal exposure to outpatient neuromuscle disease will also be required.
These tracks have some flexibility and schedules can be tailored somewhat to the interests of the individual fellow.
Fellowship prerequisites are:
1. Completion of an ACGME accredited neurology residency by the start date of the fellowship.
2. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States or Canada
Andrea Cheng-Hakimian, M.D.
Director of Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program
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UW Regional Epilepsy Center
Harborview Medical Center
325 Ninth Avenue Mail Stop 359745
Seattle, WA 98104-2499