Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowships
Accredited Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowships
We offer several kinds of fellowship positions within the clinical neurophysiology training program, as described below. Clinical sites are NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center (NYPWC), the Peripheral Neuropathy Center of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).
Comprehensive training in clinical neurophysiology appropriate for ABPN-CN certification is provided to all fellows. The program is designed primarily for applicants with a strong interest in a specific aspect of clinical neurophysiology. Subspecialty options include: (i) Adult EEG/epilepsy and intraoperative monitoring, (ii) Pediatric EEG/epilepsy, and (iii) EMG and neuromuscular disease. Applicants are required to indicate and substantiate their area of subspecialty interest in the letter of intent.
The above ACGME-accredited fellowships are one year in length.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital currently will sponsor the following kinds of visas: J1 (ECFMG), F1 (student), and O (Canada).
Both the adult and pediatric EEG/epilepsy fellows are responsible for supervised reading of routine EEG's (ca. 1500 per year, including adults, children and infants), evoked potentials (ca. 300 per year), video-EEG's (ca. 600 per year), and participation in related special procedures, such as Wada tests, intraoperative electrocorticography, and programming of vagal nerve stimulators. EEG/epilepsy fellows also participate in care of inpatients undergoing video monitoring in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center's outpatient clinics. For approximately two months of the year, all EEG/epilepsy fellows have a hands-on role in EMG and related laboratory studies at the MSKCC campus and either NYPWC or Peripheral Neuropathy Center of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center for adult and pediatric fellows respectively.
For the adult EEG/epilepsy fellows, time is divided between both the NYPWC and MSKCC campus. Intraoperative monitoring procedures including cortical mapping via evoked potentials and direct stimulation, EMG monitoring of skull base procedures, and EP monitoring of spinal cord procedures occur exclusively at the MSKCC campus. In addition, adult EEG/epilepsy fellows participate in weekly outpatient brain tumor epilepsy clinics while at the MSKCC campus.
For the pediatric EEG/Epilepsy fellow, training will concentrate on inpatient and outpatient management of pediatric seizure disorders. Up to 11 months of the year will be spent on the inpatient pediatric epilepsy service (including video-EEG reading), with the remainder on the adult epilepsy service. EEG/EP and EMG activities will be similar to that of the adult epilepsy fellow in order to meet the clinical neurophysiology criteria for board eligibility.
EMG/neuromuscular disease fellows are responsible for supervised performance and interpretation of nerve conduction studies, electromyography, and related special studies such as neuromuscular transmission studies (ca. 900 per year) at NYPWC and the Peripheral Neuropathy Center. EMG/neuromuscular disease fellows also see inpatient consults with neuromuscular disease. At the Peripheral Neuropathy Center, the fellows will also participate in outpatient neurology clinics, a monthly lecture series, and focused research projects. For approximately two months of the year, EMG/neuromuscular disease fellows assume the EEG/epilepsy fellows' role in outpatient laboratory studies.
In addition, broad training in clinical neurophysiology for all fellows is assured via an extensive didactic program including weekly clinical neurophysiologic teaching conferences, surgical epilepsy conferences, and journal clubs that cover the gamut of standard neurophysiologic procedures.
Requirements and application procedures
Applicants must have completed an ACGME-approved residency in neurology at the time of entrance into the program (typically July 1), and must be board-eligible in the Neurology section of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. To apply, send a letter of intent with a statement of career interests, a c.v., and three letters of recommendation to the appropriate contact person. Applicants are required to indicate and substantiate their area of subspecialty interest in the letter of intent.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and interview season commences late spring (March-April of the prior year). Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by mid-March of the prior year.
Notification of fellowship acceptance is generally April-May of the prior year.
Padmaja Kandula, MD
Adult EEG/Epilepsy track:
Padmaja Kandula, MD
Pediatric EEG/Epilepsy track:
Dr. Juliann M. Paolicchi
EMG/Neuromuscular Disease track:
Michael Rubin, MD
Postal addresses for all:
Weill Cornell Medical College
Department of Neurology and Neuroscience
1300 York Avenue, Suite F-610
New York, NY 10021