Neurology Fellowships

Saint Louis University's Department of Neurology offers multiple fellowships that offer fellows an opportunity to gain in-depth training in fields that include neurophysiology, sleep medicine and neurointerventional training.

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

Saint Louis University School of Medicine offers a one-year ACGME-accredited Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship. Fellows are trained predominantly at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and participate in eight months of clinical neuromuscular/neurophysiology, three months in epilepsy and one month in sleep.

Fellows are eligible for the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (ACNS) and obtain certification in added qualification in neurophysiology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).

Application Process

Interviews for the clinical neurophysiology positions are conducted in February the year prior to start of the fellowship. Indicate in your application if you are interested in a different track.

Apply for SLU's Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

Program Goals
  • Prepare fellows to independently practice clinical neurophysiology through the measurement and assessment of function of the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems and skeletal muscles for the purpose of diagnosing, monitoring and treatment of neurological disorders.
  • Provide rigorous training in all aspects of clinical neurophysiology, encompassing pathophysiologic basis of neurologic disorders as well the scientific basis of neurophysiologic diagnosis and the clinical practice of neurodiagnostic studies to evaluate and manage patients.
  • Exercise the six ACGME Core Competencies:
      • Compassionate, effective and appropriate patient care
      • Medical knowledge
      • Practice-based learning and improvement
      • Interpersonal and communication skills by exercising empathy, respect and consideration in interaction with patients and families
      • Professionalism
      • System-based practice
Educational Objectives
  • During training, fellows attain skills in performing the following procedures:
    Evoked potentials
      • EMG/NCV
      • Single fiber EMG
      • EEG
      • Autonomic function testing
      • Botulinum toxin injection
      • Electrodiagnostic assessment of movement disorders.
        They also attain skills in clinical management of different neuromuscular diseases, epilepsy, diagnosis and treatment. During rotation through epilepsy and sleep services, our fellows become knowledgeable in epilepsy video monitoring, WADA angiogram, placement of depth electrodes and polysomnography.
  • The purpose of the clinical neurophysiology fellowship is to develop a concept of different electrodiagnostic procedures which include motor and sensory nerve conduction studies, diagnostic electromyography, single fiber electromyography, evoked potential studies, electrodiagnostic movement disorder assessment, electroencephalography, polysomnography and testing of autonomic functions. Fellows will also be able to formulate a diagnosis and manage congenital and developmental neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy, trauma and sequelae.
  • Our fellows learn about the indications, application, performance and interpretation of different neurophysiological studies. They also become familiar with diagnosis and management of different neuromuscular diseases, epilepsy (intractable and non-intractable) and some movement disorders.
  • Our fellow aspire to be highly respectful and responsive towards the needs of patients and families. They are committed to working in an environment which is compassionate and provides excellent care and ongoing professional development.

For more information, contact Ghazala Hayat, M.D., director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program, at hayatm2@slu.edu or Kathy Nesser, clinical neurophysiology coordinator, at nesserk@slu.edu

Vascular and Neurointerventional Fellowship Programs

SLU offers an ACGME-accredited vascular neurology fellowship that can be combined with training in neurointervention/interventional neurology. We also offer a stand alone two-year neurointerventional fellowship.

We accept applications for the vascular neurology fellowship through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and participate in the Vascular Neurology Fellowship Match Program through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

 

Program Description

We are excited to see the burgeoning interest in neurovascular disease and neurointervention among the next generation of neuroscience physicians. With the adoption of aneurysm coiling and mechanical thrombectomy as standard of care treatments, it is a time of growth in the field.

We are proud of our long tradition of aggressive, procedurally oriented stroke care. SLU's Souers Stroke Institute was founded in 1991 and its first director, Camilo Gomez, M.D., is often credited with founding interventional neurology as a subspecialty while also being an early practitioner of neurocritical care.

Randall Edgell, M.D., was the first fellowship-trained interventional neurologist in the St. Louis region and founded SLU's neurointerventional fellowship program in 2009. Regardless of which track you pursue, SLU's fellowship training will equip you for the future of neurovascular care. 

Program Requirements

We offer up to three ACGME-accredited positions per year with a variety of options for additional training:

  • Vascular Neurology Fellowship A one-year, ACGME-accredited program.
  • Stroke Academician Track The ACGME year plus one additional year focused on clinical research. There is also an option to pursue a Master of Science in Outcomes Research or a Master of Public Health degree.
  • Vascular and Neurointerventional Stroke Neurology Fellowship This three-year program combines the ACGME vascular neurology year with two years of neurointerventional training program.
  • Neurointerventional Stroke Neurology Fellowship A two-year stand-alone neurointerventional training program.

The requirements for the vascular neurology fellowship includes prior completion of a neurology residency. The requirements for the neurointerventional fellowship are different depending on your specialty:

  • Neurosurgeon: Prior completion of a neurosurgery residency.
  • Radiology: Prior completion of radiology and diagnostic neuroradiology residencies.
  • Neurology: Prior completion of neurology and vascular neurology or neurointensive care residencies.
Application Process

If you feel you meet these requirements, complete the Vascular and Neurointerventional Fellowship Application Form. Then send the following  application materials to Program Coordinator Wiwik Sudiar at Monteleone Hall, 1438 South Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63104 or by email.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement/letter of interest
  • Completed application (with photo)
  • Three letters of recommendation

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Wiwik Sudiar at 314-577-6161 or wiwik.sudiar@health.slu.edu.

Sleep Medicine Fellowship

SLU offers a one-year ACGME-approved sleep medicine fellowship. We accept applicants who have already completed an accredited residency in pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry, otolaryngology or anesthesia.

We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and participate in the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Match through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

For more information, contact Raman Malhotra, M.D., program director, at rmalhot1@slu.edu

Application Requirements

In order to apply, we require:

  • ERAS application
  • Personal statement (indicating your interest in sleep medicine)
  • USMLE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
Sleep Medicine Training

Our fellowship provides training in both adult and pediatric sleep medicine. Our strong focus on both adult and pediatric sleep medicine distinguishes us from many other sleep medicine programs. Our fellows graduate with the knowledge to excel in the clinical care of patients of all ages with sleep disorders.

The fellowship also emphasizes education from our multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, sleep technicians, dentists and basic science researchers. Our program includes sleep medicine fellowship-trained and board certified faculty from the disciplines of adult and pediatric pulmonology, neurology, endocrinology and pediatrics.

Rotations

Our fellows rotate through clinics and interpret sleep studies at both the SLUCare Sleep Disorders Center and the Pediatric Sleep and Research Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

Training will also include specialty clinics such as the CPAP Adherence Clinic, Multidisciplinary Alternatives to CPAP Clinic, Parasomnia Clinic and Multidisciplinary Cleft Palate Clinic. Fellows gain experience in reading in-lab polysomnography, home sleep apnea testing, multiple sleep latency tests, 16 channel EEG studies, end-tidal CO2 monitoring, infant and inpatient pediatric studies, and actigraphy.

Didactics

Didactic conferences are provided in the forms of Sleep Medicine Clinical Conference, Sleep Medicine Core Curriculum Conference, Sleep Medicine Journal Club and a Sleep Medicine Research Conference which take place several times a week.

Fellows also have the opportunity to enroll in the Science of Sleep Course which is directed and taught by basic science researchers and faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Psychology. This course is taken by graduate students on the north campus and allows the fellow to learn about the basic fundamentals of sleep from a basic science and research perspective.

The Fellowship Experience

Fellows have the opportunity to teach other rotators and medical students while they participate in the sleep medicine elective, as well as to present and help coordinate conferences. They are also required to present a poster at the annual SLEEP meeting or regional conference.

A typical schedule for our fellow includes five half-days of clinic (including a continuity clinic) and four half-days of one-on-one sleep study reading time with a supervising faculty member. This time is split between adult and pediatric sleep medicine. The rest of the time is allotted for research or educational activities. Fellows receive an allowance of $1,300 for educational materials or continuing medical education fees.

Faculty

Our faculty members are very active in the field of sleep medicine locally and nationally, including serving on key committees and as course chairs for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and American Thoracic Society. They frequently present at many regional and national meetings, in addition to authoring numerous publications in sleep medicine textbooks and journals.

If you would like to learn more about our faculty, visit the websites of the SLUCare Sleep Disorders Center or the Pediatric Sleep and Research Center.