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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.