Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology

The Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology Programs of the Department of Neurology, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, offers a two-year fellowship in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology. The fellowship includes clinical training and opportunities for research, designed specifically for individuals interested in a career in academic neurology. Required clinical activities include direct patient care in an active epilepsy program, including inpatient and outpatient management; pharmacological and surgical treatment; routine and special EEG studies; inpatient video-EEG monitoring with scalp, depth electrode, and subdural grid electrodes; and intraoperative electrocorticography. Also available are experiences with neonatal EEG, evoked potentials, EEG mapping and other automated EEG analyses, intraoperative and intensive care EEG monitoring, magnetoencephalography, and polysomnography. Fellows are expected to participate in one or more clinical or basic research programs being carried out within the Programs, elsewhere in the Department, or within the Brain Research Institute. Fellows become eligible for certification in epilepsy and in clinical neurophysiology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and for certification in clinical neurophysiology by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology.

Fellows share the daily reading of routine EEG records, and share in response to urgent EEG situations including reading urgent records on weekends and evenings. The combined general and specialty laboratories generate 5500 tests per year. Fellows will provide care for patients on the inpatient service and for the outpatient Seizure Clinics. Specific teaching sessions are run for general EEG (Drs. Engel, Stern, and Eliashiv), special EEG procedures (Dr. Nuwer), neonatal EEG (Drs. Wu, Matsumoto, and Lerner), evoked potentials (Dr. Nuwer), and sleep (Drs. Yan-Go and Avidan). Two seminars in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology, neuropsychology/psychiatry rounds and a full afternoon patient presentation conference for epilepsy surgical evaluations form part of the weekly teaching conference schedule. Fellows also will participate in the general Department of Neurology Grand Rounds and seminar series lectures. This busy schedule rewards the fellow with intensive learning experiences leading to expertise in a wide range of clinical and research techniques in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology.

Applicants must have completed a residency in adult or child neurology and be eligible for a license to practice medicine in the state of California. The fellowship is designed for special training in advanced epilepsy and EEG, so familiarity with routine EEG interpretation is preferred. Applicants should submit a brief statement of their career goals, a current curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendations. One letter should be from the residency training director and one letter should be from EEG or epilepsy faculty. Usually, applicants are selected 1 year preceding the July 1 starting date.

Full-time ABCN-certified faculty include: Jerome Engel, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Christine Bower-Baca, M.D., Christopher DeGiorgio, M.D., Dawn Eliashiv, MD, Jason Lerner, M.D., Gary Mathern, M.D., Marc Nuwer, M.D., Ph.D., Jason Soss, M.D., John Stern, M.D., and Joyce Wu, M.D.

Email applications and inquiries to jstern@mednet.ucla.edu .

John Stern, M.D.
Director of the Epilepsy Clinical Program
710 Westwood Plaza, Room 1-250
Department of Neurology
Reed Neurological Research Center
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-5745

Fellowship Information

Fellowship Duration

2 years

Fellowship Salary

According to Graduate Medical Education Office

Fellowship Application Period

Accepted 12-18 months prior to start date

Typical Source of Funding

Grants and Clinical Revenues

Number of Positions Funded Per Year

1 or 2

Is Program Conducted Entirely Within the Department of Neurology