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Epilepsy & Clinical Neurophysiology International Research Fellowship

  • Level 4 Epilepsy Center serving the state of South Carolina, as well as eastern Georgia and parts of North Carolina, and Tennessee.
  • 750 bed hospital.
  • 8 bed adult Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) admitting 20 patients per month.
  • 4 bed pediatric EMU admitting 12 to 14 patients per month.
  • Daily routine EEGs.
  • All fellowship activities in one hospital.
  • Remote access to EEG, patient records, and imaging studies.
  • High adult and pediatric epilepsy surgical volume.
  • Cortical functional mapping.
  • Close relationships with Neuroradiology.
  • Clinical trial experience.
  • Weekly Refractory Epilepsy Committee comprised of epileptologists, neurosurgeon, radiologists, nuclear medicine specialists, neuropsychologists, speech therapists, social workers, and other staff.
  • Ketogenic and Modifies Atkins Diet for Epilepsy program.
  • 30 to 40 WADA procedures per year.
  • AmericanBoard of Clinical Neurophysiology (ABCN) certified attendings, including active members in the ACNS.
  • Weekly lectures by neurophysiology attendings.
  • State-of-the-art Neuroimaging including 3T MRI, functional MRI, PET, ictal, and interictal SPECT.
  • Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring.
  • 2 to 4 scholars per year.
  • Charleston (top vacation destination in the US in 2011 and 3rd in the world.)

Application Requirements

  • 6 months or 1 year (preferable) tracks.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Two to Three letters of recommendation.
  • Personal statement describing your background, clinical & research interests, and career plans.
  • Good to excellent English proficiency (please submit if you have any ESL certificates, like TOEFL).
  • Evidence of funding support for the fellowship.
  • A skype interview will be conducted to assess the candidate's English language proficiency.

Faculty

Adult Epilepsy

Ekrem Kutluay, M.D. - Director of the Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology International Research Fellowship Program
Jonathan C. Edwards, M.D. - Director of the MUSC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Jonathan Halford, M.D.
Paul Pritchard III, M.D.
Leonardo F. Bonilha, M.D., Ph.D.
Sarah Schmitt, M.D. 

Pediatric Epilepsy

Samir Karia, MBBS
David J. Walsh, M.D.

Fellowship Didactic Lecture Schedule

  • Fellowship specific: Intro to MUSC - goals of fellowship, schedule, deadlines, key phone numbers, survival guide - Bonilha, Current Fellows
  • Basic EEG Interpretation: Anatomy and Physiology of EEGs - Edwards
  • Basic EEG Interpretation: Cellular basis, cortical generators - Edwards
  • Basic EEG Interpretation: Engineering of EEG - Kutluay
  • Basic EEG Interpretation: Normal findings and Artifacts - Kutluay
  • Basic EEG Interpretation: Abnormal non-ictal findings, incl encephalopathy, and brain death - Karia
  • Basic EEG Interpretation: Interictal Epileptiform patterns - Karia
  • Basic EEG Interpretation: Seizure classification and EEG patterns - Pritchard
  • Basic EEG Interpretation: Neonatal EEG: montage/ biomonitoring, interpretation - Walsh
  • Basic EEG Interpretation: Status Epilepticus: EEG interpretations and treatment - Pritchard, Kutluay
  • EEG in Practice: How to put an EEG on a person's head and get a good recording - EEG techs
  • EEG in Practice: Technical standards, safety, environmental issues - Kutluay, EEG Techs
  • EEG in Practice: Electroclinical Epilepsy Diagnoses/ Syndromes - Wannamaker
  • EEG in Practice: ICU monitoring - Schmitt
  • EEG in Practice: Inpatient Monitoring, Safety - Pritchard
  • EEG in Practice: Activation techniques - Karia
  • EEG in Practice: Non-Epileptic Events: Diagnosis and management - Halford
  • EEG in Practice: Billing, coding, accreditation for running a lab - Walsh or Edwards, Kornegay
  • Advanced EEG interpretation: Intracranial EEG: Pre-surgical planning, the fellow's job in the OR - Bonilha
  • Advanced EEG interpretation: Intracranial EEG: safety, electrode placement, intra-operative ecog - Vandergrift, EEGer to support
  • Advanced EEG interpretation: Intracranial EEG: interpretation - Bonilha
  • Advanced EEG interpretation: Spike Sorting and Automated detection: methods and practice - Halford
  • Advanced EEG interpretation: Quantitative EEG, including frequencies beyond Berger Bands - Halford

Contact

For more information contact

Ekrem Kutluay, M.D.
kutluay@musc.edu
Associate Professor
Director, International Scholarship Program
Director, Intraoperative Monitoring Program
Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery

Medical University of South Carolina
96 Jonathan Lucas Street, CSB 301
Charleston, SC 29425
843-792-5044