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Epilepsy Fellowship

Epilepsy Fellowship

Jefferson offers an ACGME-approved epilepsy fellowship for both adult and pediatric training in epilepsy.

 


Adult epilepsy fellowship track

This is an ACGME-approved fellowship, consisting of a two-year training program (one year of fellowship in an ACGME CN fellowship; one year in an ACGME epilepsy fellowship) at an internationally renowned epilepsy center. The fellowship offers training in diagnosis, medical management, and surgical treatment of epilepsy, along with instruction in EEG, video-EEG monitoring, use of intracranial electrodes, intraoperative monitoring, brain mapping, and evoked potentials. There is a strong emphasis on clinical research and teaching from a multidisciplinary faculty. This fellowship is designed for individuals who wish to pursue academic careers. After completion, graduates will be eligible for both the ABPN clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy board certifications.

Jefferson University Hospital is a 945 bed hospital and is the main teaching hospital of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. The Epilepsy Center is a Level 4 NAEC multidisciplinary quaternary care center for diagnosis and treatment of people with epilepsy. The center has a national referral base. Center faculty includes 4 neurologists, 2 neuropsychologists, 3 neurosurgeons, and 1 radiologist. The center offers basic and advanced diagnostic testing and a full array of conventional and investigational medical and surgical treatments. The surgical program is among the largest in the US, performing 50-70 operations yearly.

In addition to its outpatient facilities, the epilepsy center maintains an inpatient video-EEG monitoring unit consisting of eight beds, each in a specially outfitted private room, where approximately 400 patients are admitted yearly. Patients are evaluated for diagnostic reasons, pre-surgical assessments, intracranial EEG recording, and management of uncontrolled seizures.

Pediatric epilepsy fellowship track

This is an ACGME approved fellowship consisting of a one year training program at both Jefferson University Hospital as well as A.I. duPont Hospital, with the option of continuing for one additional year. The fellowship offers training in the diagnosis, medical management, and surgical treatment of epilepsy, along with instruction in EEG, video-EEG monitoring, use of intracranial electrodes, intraoperative monitoring, brain mapping, and evoked potentials. There is a strong emphasis on clinical research and teaching from a multidisciplinary faculty. This fellowship is designed for individuals who wish to pursue academic careers.

The A. I. duPont Hospital in Wilmington, DE, serves as the primary training base for pediatric epilepsy fellows, who will be under the leadership of Dr. Harry Chugani. Training at the duPont site will include inpatient and outpatient epilepsy evaluation and treatment, video-EEG monitoring, and educational conferences. The A.I. duPont Hospital has 2 pediatric neurosurgeons, and will be expanding to include 4 epileptologists.  A  PET center, with a state-of-the-art PET/MR allowing the study of epilepsy using FDG and various ligands, is also being established.

Trainees will also rotate at the Jefferson University Hospital for 2 months of the year. Additionally, fellows will participate in joint multidisciplinary clinical care, surgical, and educational conferences at Jefferson.

The Epilepsy Center is a multidisciplinary quaternary care center for diagnosis and treatment of people with epilepsy. The center has a national referral base. Center faculty includes 4 neurologists, 2 neuropsychologists, 2 neurosurgeons, and 1 radiologist. The center offers basic and advanced diagnostic testing and a full array of conventional and investigational medical and surgical treatments. The surgical program is among the largest in the US, performing 50-70 operations yearly.

In addition to its outpatient facilities, the epilepsy center maintains an inpatient video-EEG monitoring unit consisting of eight beds, each in a specially outfitted private room, where approximately 400 patients are admitted yearly. Patients are evaluated for diagnostic reasons, presurgical assessments, intracranial EEG recording, and management of uncontrolled seizures.