Neurophysiology Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Neurophysiology Fellowship. The Neurophysiology Fellowship in the Department of Neurology at UNM in Albuquerque trains fellows in the interpretation of central nervous system neurophysiology, such as electroencephalogram (EEG), video EEG, evoked potentials and sleep medicine.

The year-long program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). By the end of the program, fellows will be proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. Training is available and required in electromyography, nerve conduction studies, intraoperative monitoring and polysomnography. Upon successful completion of the program, fellows will be eligible for the Added Qualifications Examination in Clinical Neurophysiology.

Training in Epilepsy Treatment

The UNM Comprehensive Epilepsy Program offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment protocols for medically refractory epilepsy. Procedures performed include:

  • Video-EEG
  • Intracranial EEG
  • Vagus nerve stimulator programming
  • Intraoperative Electrophysiological (EP) monitoring for spine and brain surgeries
  • Magneto encephalography (MEG)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
  • Intracarotid sodium amytal (Wada) studies

Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in epilepsy surgery, clinical drug trials and NIH-funded research.

Learning Opportunities

The UNM Neuromuscular Program has bases at both UNM Hospital and the VA Medical Center. Procedures performed include electromyography (EMG), nerve conduction velocity (NCV), single-fiber EMG, testing for motor and sensory reflexes and testing for autonomic function.

The program maintains a number of other programs including the Muscular Dystrophy Clinic. The Neuromuscular Program has also established the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Center. The UNM Sleep Disorders Clinic is an active tertiary referral center. The sleep laboratory performs overnight polysomnograms, multiple sleep latency tests and actigraphy on children and adults.

Fellows receive daily instruction under direct supervision. Formal weekly didactic sessions include:

  • Neurology Grand Rounds
  • Board-review hour
  • Journal Club
  • Clinical Neurophysiology conference

On a rotating basis, fellows can attend a surgical neuropathy conference, a clinical anatomy lecture series, an EEG conference and Chairman's Rounds.

Explore Neuroimaging Research Opportunities

Fellows will benefit from our established research program. Study neurophysiology with our state-of-the-art neuroimaging technology including video and intracranial EEG, MEG, EP monitoring and PET scan. Our faculty are strong mentors in our collaborative research environment.

Neurophysiology Fellowship Qualifications

We will not consider any applicants who do not meet all of our qualifications. To apply to our program, we require you to:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, possess a green card or possess a J-1 Visa prior to initiation of training
  • Have successfully completed an ACGME accredited Neurology Training Program
  • Have an excellent documented command of the English language
  • Have the appropriate physical and mental health to be responsible for patients in a rigorous training environment
  • Not have had significant academic difficulty during his/her Neurology training. For example, failing or marginal grades in a significant portion of the curriculum or a failure to pass USMLE, Parts I, II and III

Application Requirements

In order to apply to our program, we require the following:

  • A current CV
  • Personal statement
  • Copies of your United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) board scores (all three)
  • Three letters of recommendation. One should be from either the director of your neurology training program or the chairman.
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification, if applicable
  • Visa status, if applicable

Contact Tobias Kulik, Fellowship Coordinator, for more information about program requirements or how to apply.