If you’re looking for the opportunities, resources and support you need to develop as an epileptologist, we recommend looking for a program with five specific attributes.
Try to apply for a program with a regional epilepsy monitoring unit that has received the highest designation — Level 4 — from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Why is it important to train in such a setting? Simply put, you’ll be immersed in an environment that offers the most complex medical and surgical treatments available for epilepsy.
Further, your rotations should situate you in clinical settings that enable you to treat a broad patient base of both pediatric and adult populations.
Confirm that your program’s training sites will expose you to plenty of epilepsy surgery cases — and be sure that the facilities have outpatient and inpatient electroencephalography labs and a neuroimaging facility.
Look for a fellowship that requires you to attend more than two or three conferences and lectures. Your conferences should cover key areas such as epilepsy surgery, electroencephalography and long-term monitoring. You should also have opportunities to attend grand rounds and participate in journal club sessions that keep you informed about current neurological research.
Quality mentoring is a key element of a strong fellowship. Select a program that ensures you’ll receive personal attention from attending physicians.
Ensure that your program gives you plenty of opportunities to gain leadership experience. You should have chances to guide medical students and residents during many of your rotations.
Our fellowship is located in a city that boasts:
It’s important you feel at home both in and outside of your training program. Avoid applying for epilepsy fellowships in cities that fail to meet your living needs.