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Graduation Medical Education (GME): Epilepsy

Fellowship Program Director: Sara Inati, MD

This is an integrated two-year fellowship in Clinical Epilepsy and Neurophysiology within the Clinical Neurosciences Program of the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), affiliated with the neurology residency program of the National Capital Consortium in Bethesda, MD. Both years are ACGME-accredited, and upon completion fellows will be eligible for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certification Examination in the sub-specialties of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology. The focus of epilepsy research at NINDS is on developing new methods for evaluation and treatment of medically refractory epilepsy, emphasizing neuroimaging approaches to study the relation between brain structure and function, and to understand the mechanisms of action of antiepileptic drugs. Upon completion of this two-year program, fellows will have received comprehensive training in the evaluation and treatment of patients with epilepsy, as well as gained experience and expertise in clinical research, equipping them to pursue academic careers in epilepsy. Completion of an ACGME-accredited neurology residency program and a valid, unrestricted U.S. license are required.

Program Structure
Fellows receive practical and didactic training in the outpatient and inpatient management of patients with epilepsy. They evaluate patients in the outpatient clinic, follow selected patients longitudinally, provide consultations to other services within the intramural program, and manage patients in the epilepsy monitoring unit, including non-invasive and invasive epilepsy evaluations. There is an active epilepsy surgery program, with exposure to advanced techniques and research in localization of epileptic foci and cognitive mapping, including structural and functional MRI, PET, magnetoencephalography (MEG), electrocorticography (ECoG) and direct cortical stimulation. There is also formal training in interpretation of EEG and evoked potentials. Fellows are expected to become involved in a research project. There is a well-developed didactic curriculum, including clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy lectures series, lab meetings, Clinical Neuroscience Grand Rounds, and Neurology Consult Rounds. The fellowship is affiliated with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Children’s National Medical Center, with rotations at these sites allowing for additional clinical exposure to a broad spectrum of patients.

Additional Information
NINDS Clinical Epilepsy Fellowship

Application Information
Apply to this program through the NIH Graduate Medical Education Application System. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, approximately 18 months prior to the planned start date. 

This is an integrated two-year program in Clinical Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology; both years are currently ACGME-accredited. Fellows are interviewed for and accepted to both yearlong positions concurrently. A third year is possible for selected candidates.

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This page last updated on 05/21/2021

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