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The subspecialty of clinical neurophysiology involves the measurement and assessment of the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system and skeletal muscle for the purpose of diagnosing and treating neurological disorders.
The Department of Neurology is committed to excellence in patient care and clinical teaching services. To that end, the training in the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship is a major goal of departmental faculty. The department takes pride in its role as part of a university teaching hospital and gives teaching a high priority. The faculty believe that medicine is both a science and an art, and recognize that a rational scientific approach to patient treatment and care must be coupled with respect, empathy and a concern for both patient and family.
Training is provided in EEG, EMG/NCS, evoked potentials, SFEMG, autonomic testing, Botulinum toxin use and skin biopsy for small fiber neuropathy. The program has a tailored lecture schedule, interactive discussion and active learning, including comprehensive one-to-one quarterly half-day learning camps.
The fellowship curriculum is built around active patient-care experiences. These experiences are the intellectual backbone of neurology. Since this process can best be taught by demonstration, the program encourages one-on-one teaching opportunities between faculty and fellows. It is in such settings that fellows become colleagues. Attending physicians are always available to discuss patient-care issues and serve as guides in the process of fellowship training. The high ratio of full-time attending staff members to fellow(s) allows ample opportunity for one-on-one teaching. The program’s size provides the advantage of tailoring the fellowship to meet specific requirements and situations.
Learn More about the Fellowship
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, updated CV and three letters of recommendation (one must be from the residency program director) to Sankar Bandyopadhyay, MD, at email@example.com from September to January. Interviews will be offered after applications are received.
All clinical neurophysiology fellows must have successfully completed an ACGME-approved residency program in neurology. The candidate must be board-eligible or board-certified in neurology.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents (green card holders) or have a J-1 visa sponsored through ECFMG. The organization does not sponsor any other visas.
Fellow Honors and Recognitions
The annual Resident/Fellow Research Day is held each summer on and around the Penn State Health Milton S. Medical Center campus in Hershey, PA.
The intent of the event is to provide an opportunity for residents and fellows to showcase their research accomplishments to their peers in other clinical departments, as well as their colleagues in the basic sciences.
Previous presentations from the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship are listed here.