Welcome to the Epilepsy Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). We offer ACGME-accredited fellowships in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy (combined total of seven positions per year). Usually, 1-2 of these positions are reserved for a 2-year fellow wishing to pursue an academic career in epilepsy.
- Four tracks available: EEG/Epilepsy, EMG/Neuromuscular, ICU-EEG, and Pediatric.
- Graduates of the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship are eligible for the ABPN Clinical Neurophysiology Board Certification Examination.
- Two tracks available: Clinical Adult, and Combined Adult-Pediatric.
- Graduates of the Epilepsy Fellowship are eligible for the ABPN Epilepsy Board Certification Examination.
We emphasize a balanced training experience between structured didactics, scholarly activities, and clinical experience. We take a special interest in career development and subspecialty board preparation for our fellows while balancing life and enjoying Pittsburgh.
We pride ourselves in maintaining camaraderie and a friendly, open teaching and work environment. The program has a strong faculty base within the neurology, neurosurgery, neuropsychology, neuroradiology departments:
- 9 adult epilepsy (with additional 2 associate VA epileptologists)
- 7 pediatric epilepsy
- 4 neurophysiologists
- 1 adult epilepsy neurosurgeon
- 1 pediatric epilepsy neurosurgeon
- 2 neuropsychologists
- Dedicated adult and pediatric neuroradiology
Training is primarily based at Presbyterian Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP) of UPMC.
The University of Pittsburgh Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (UPCEC) is an established program with over 30-year-long history of superb clinical care and diverse related research. UPCEC is the NAEC Level IV Epilepsy Center equipped with the most advanced imaging technology: MEG, PET-MRI, and 7T MRI.
EEG and EPILEPSY training:
Training includes EEG in all settings, comprehensive Video-EEG (8 adult EMU and 8 Pediatric EMU beds), intracranial EEG (Stereo-EEG using ROSA robot and grids recording), epilepsy surgery, intraoperative corticography and brain mapping. We perform approximately 50-60 combined adult and pediatric epilepsy surgeries per year. The UPCEC has an extensive critical care EEG monitoring service with an inhouse analyst program. Fellows gain expertise in the interpretation of ICU EEG monitoring, including quantitative EEG techniques and work closely with UPMC ICU/CCM services and Status Epilepticus Neurocritical Care team in managing seizures in the critically ill patients.
The fellows will spend a minimum of one-half day per week in dedicated epilepsy clinics, where they are expected to acquire cardinal skills of comprehensive outpatient care for patients with epilepsy, including those with all forms of medically refractory epilepsy. Fellows participate in VNS and Responsive Neurostimulation (RNS) clinics.
There is additional exposure to broad diagnostic methods (MRI, MEG, PET, SPECT, fMRI, and MRS). All fellows are encouraged to participate in research with an optional 2nd year Epilepsy fellowship after CNP-EEG track with dedicated research time.
Here you will find an approximate schedule breakdown for various rotations (rows) experienced in each fellowship track (columns).
|CNP-EEG||CNP-ICU EEG||CNP-Peds||Epilepsy Adult||Epilepsy Combined||Epilepsy Second Year|
|EMU||1-3 mo.||0-1 mo.||1-2 mo.||3-6 mo.||3-6 mo.||3-6 mo.(surgical)|
|EEG||2-4 mo.||3 mo.||x||2-3 mo.||x||0-1 mo.|
|ICU EEG||2-4 mo.||4-6 mo.||0-1||1-3 mo.||1-3 mo.||1-3 mo.|
|0-1 mo.||0-1 mo.||6-8 mo.||1-2 mo.||4-5 mo.||1-2 mo.|
|IOM||2 mo. (vs. EMG)||2 mo. (vs. EMG)||x2 mo. (vs. EMG)||x||x||x|
|Elective||1 mo.||1 mo.||1 mo.||1 mo.||1 mo.||1 mo.|
|3:30 - 5:00 PM - MEPMC (Multidisciplinary Epilepsy Surgery Conference)||4:00 - 5:00 PM - Neurology Grand Rounds||12:00 - 1:00 PM - Epilepsy Lecture
||12:00 - 1:00 PM - Epilepsy/EEG Journal Club, alternates with
EEG Rounds and Epilepsy Board Review
2021-2022 - positions filled
2022-2023 - applications accepted starting fall 2020
Details regarding requirements and the mailing process are included in the application form.
Applicants must be either board-eligible or board-certified in Neurology and have completed an ACGME-accredited adult or pediatric neurology residency in the United States.
Please only submit completed applications that include the LOR to the GME coordinator.
We look forward to hearing from you, and hope that you will visit us soon!
Dr. Alexandra Urban, Program Director, Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy
Dr. Viji Rajasekaran, Associate Program Director Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy
Dr. Christina Patterson, Assistant Program Director, CNP – pediatric track
Academic Manager: Samantha Kunvatanagarn, 412-648-2022; firstname.lastname@example.org