Fellowships

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

Clinical neurophysiology (CNP) is an area of medicine in which selected neurological disorders involving central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems and muscles are assessed, monitored, and treated using a combination of clinical evaluation and electrophysiological testing. This subspecialty requires a detailed knowledge of the normal physiology of the nervous system; the altered, abnormal electrophysiology; and the disease states involved.

This ACGME-accredited fellowship involves training at the University of Minnesota and affiliated hospitals:

  • University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (UMMC)
  • Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC)
  • Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS)
  • Minnesota Epilepsy Group (MEG) (which includes training at their St. Paul private practice, as well as inpatient coverage at: United Hospital, and/or Children's Hospital and Clinics — St. Paul)

Fellows who successfully complete this program are expected to sit for the sub-specialty board examination in Clinical Neurophysiology (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) within three years of graduation from this program.

Available Training Tracks:

  1. Training in peripheral electrophysiology focused on nerve conduction studies and needle electromyography, with additional training provided in single fiber EMG, quantitative MUP analysis, motor unit number estimate (MUNE) techniques, near nerve, autonomic testing, and botulinum toxin injections. Fellows attend various neuromuscular and ALS clinics, in which they develop expertise in the longitudinal care of patients with neuromuscular disorders.
  2. Training in central electrophysiology encompasses electroencephalography, evoked potential studies, surgical monitoring, ambulatory EEG monitoring, inpatient video-EEG monitoring and the programming of vagal nerve stimulators. Fellows participate in the various epilepsy clinics offered within UMMC, MVAHCS, or MEG systems.
  3. The EMG/EEG blended track combines elements of both the electroencephalography and electromyography training.

Each track includes two months of electives focusing on topics outside the area of specialization. Sample electives are sleep, EMG, and EEG.

Research

All fellows are required to complete at least one research project during the year and will be expected to present their findings at the year-end Fellowship Symposium in May.

Conferences

Conferences are listed in the program manual (online), and a schedule can be obtained from the fellowship coordinator. All fellows are expected to attend case and didactic conferences that take place weekly. Detailed information about conferences will be provided during fellowship orientation.

Department and Faculty

The Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship faculty is comprised of specialists in Neuromuscular/EMG, Epilepsy/EEG/EP at UMMC and affiliated teaching hospitals (UMMC, HCMC, MVAHCS, MEG/UNITED/Children’s). These faculty members are committed to patient care, education and research in their daily practices. The Neurology Department at the University of Minnesota maintains a strong commitment to education.

John Tulloch, M.D., Program Director

Epilepsy EEG Faculty:
Thomas Henry, M.D. (UMMC EEG Site Director)
Miguel Fiol, M.D. (UMMC)
Gerald Moriarity, M.D. (UMMC)
Zhiyi Sha, M.D. (UMMC)
Stephen Holloway, M.D., Ph.D. (MVAHCS Site Director)
Frederick Langendorf, M.D. (HCMC)
Julie Hanna, M.D. (MEG Site Director)
Pat Penovich, M.D. (MEG)
Michael Frost, M.D (MEG)
Frank Ritter, M.D. (MEG)
Deanna Dickens, M.D. (MEG)
El-Hadi Mouderres, M.D. (MEG)
Jason Doescher, M.D. (MEG)
Wenbo Zhang, M.D. (MEG)

Neuromuscular EMG Faculty:
David Walk, M.D. (UMMC EMG Site Director)
Ezgi Tiryaki, M.D. (HCMC Site Director)
Gaurav Guliani, M.D. (HCMC)
Georgios Manousakis, M.D. (UMMC)
Gregg Meekins, M.D.
(VA) Michael Leffler-McCabe, M.D. (VA)
Gary Beaver, M.D. (UMMC)

Sleep Faculty:
Michael Howell, M.D. (UMMC)

Duration of Fellowship: One year
Number of Fellows per Year: 4


Requirements and Application Procedures

Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in neurology, psychiatry or pediatric neurology and have passed the USMLE Step 3 examination at the time of entrance into the program and must be ABPN board-eligible/certified in Neurology.

Applicants meeting the above qualifications are asked to submit the following:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty/mentors on letterhead with signature
  • A personal statement of interest in this fellowship or career path
  • Copy of UMSLE or COMLEX official score reports
  • A copy of your current ECFMG certificate (for International Medical Graduates)
  • Email mention of current visa status (only J-1 visas sponsored by ECFMG are accepted)
  • Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Application

Please send the above materials in one of three ways:

  1. Scanned and emailed to our coordinator, Julie Pierce, at mjpierce@umn.edu. If emailing your materials, please blank out the date of birth and SSN fields on your application form.
  2. Faxed, Attn: Julie, Fellowship Application, to 612-624-0687
  3. Sent via U.S. mail to:

Julie Pierce, Fellowship Coordinator
University of Minnesota, Dept of Neurology
420 Delaware St SE, MMC 295
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Contact Information
Julie Pierce, Fellowship Coordinator
Email: mjpierce@umn.edu
Phone: 612-625-9110
FAX: 612-624-0687, Attn: Julie

Competitive applicants will be invited to visit the University of Minnesota for an interview with the program director and selected faculty members. Interviews are conducted February-August.

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