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Epilepsy & EEG Fellowship

The Yale Epilepsy Program offers a wide range of educational opportunities and has a long history of advanced training of fellows from several clinical and basic science backgrounds. The Yale Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is a large and established program with unsurpassed neurosurgical, electro-physiologic, and imaging capabilities, with a long history of research in brain metabolism, neuroimaging, neurosurgery, and non-surgical treatment of epilepsy. The Center has completed more than 1,000 epilepsy surgeries since its inception. We currently offer a two-year ACGME fellowship, the first year in Clinical Neurophysiology and the second year in Epilepsy. We also offer a non-accredited ACGME Critical Care EEG fellowship, which focuses primarily on interpretation of ICU-EEG. Please see the below links for further details.

How to Apply

The Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy fellowship has moved to a standardized matching process using ERAS for the application and the NRMP to provide matching services. In ERAS, please be sure to include:

  • Personal statement: 1-2 pages outlining your reasons for applying, career goals, and strengths you will bring to the program
  • Three letters of reference: We have no preference regarding who provides your letters, but typically a Neurology Residency Program Director is included. Reflect on who will be the best judge of your career potential, interest in our field, and to comment on your clinical acumen, as well as accomplishments.
  • Resume as included in the relevant sections of the ERAS Application
  • A photo within ERAS
  • Of note, applicants should be neurology board-eligible.

Epilepsy Fellowships

Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy (2 years)

Epilepsy/EEG (2 Years): This fellowship includes one year of an ACGME-accredited Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship, followed by a second year of an ACGME-accredited Epilepsy Fellowship. Training includes extensive Video-EEG monitoring, intracranial EEG, surgical and medical treatment of epilepsy, epilepsy comorbidities such as neuropsychiatry, brain mapping, inpatient and outpatient epilepsy, EEG in all settings (ICU, inpatient, outpatient), brain stimulation for epilepsy, evoked potentials and sleep medicine/polysomnography, all including adults, children and neonates. All fellows are encouraged to participate in research. There are typically a total of four Epilepsy/EEG fellows (2 first year CNP, 2 second year Epilepsy) in this program. Of note, there is occasionally a one-year opening for either Clinical Neurophysiology or Epilepsy Fellowship within the program. Please email the associate program director, Christopher Traner to inquire about this availability.

Critical Care EEG (1 Year)

Critical Care EEG (1 Year): This fellowship is often completed in conjunction (typically before or after) a neurocritical care fellowship (at Yale University or elsewhere), but the funded fellowship requires completion of an accredited neurology residency program. However, if there is clinical or research interest in ICU-EEG, an applicant not completing Neurocritical Care Fellowship would certainly be considered. The fellow will learn basic and advanced EEG interpretation related to critical care. Fellows will gain expertise in quantitative EEG techniques, real-time brain monitoring/neurotelemetry, ischemia/vasospasm detection, controversial patterns, intracranial EEG and multimodality monitoring. They will also be exposed to the basics of non–critical care EEG, including interpretation of outpatient EEGs and epilepsy video/EEG monitoring. Fellows are also expected to become experts in managing seizures in the critically ill. This fellowship will include participation in the Critical Care EEG Monitoring Research Consortium, and fellows are encouraged to participate in original research. There is typically one Critical Care EEG fellow per year. After completion of this fellowship, fellows will be eligible for the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (ABCN) critical care EEG boards.

ICU-EEG Research (1-3 years)

ICU-EEG Research (1-3 years, unfunded): A non-funded ICU-EEG research fellowship exists, directed by Dr. Lawrence Hirsch. International applicants are welcome, but applicant must be fluent in English. Prior experience with EEG required, and evidence of research potential or track record is necessary. This will be a full-time research fellowship with projects related to critical care EEG. Please email Dr. Hirsch, academic division chief of Epilepsy, to inquire about the availability in this program.

Conferences & Lectures

Institutional Conferences & Lectures

  • Weekly Epilepsy Surgery Conference
  • Weekly Epilepsy Research Meeting
  • Weekly Interesting EEG Case Conference
  • Monthly Critical Care EEG Conference
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Quarterly EP Conference
  • Quarterly Clinical Stimulation Case Conference
  • Quarterly Neuropathology Conference
  • Quarterly Neuropace Clinical Case Conference
  • Quarterly Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Sesquiennial Yale Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Research Retreat
  • Annual Yale Epilepsy Symposium

National Conferences & Lectures

  • Fellows will attend one national conference per year either the American Epilepsy Society Meeting(AES) or American Clinical Neurophysiology Society meeting(ACNS)


Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

  • Adult EMU
  • Pediatric EMU
  • Critical Care EEG
  • Outpatient EEG
  • Elective (6-8 weeks)
  • Fellows Continuity Clinic (Thursday afternoons)
  • Sleep

Epilepsy Fellowship

  • Adult EMU
  • Pediatric EMU
  • Critical Care EEG
  • Outpatient EEG
  • Elective (16 weeks)
  • Fellows Continuity Clinic (Thursday afternoons)

Critical Care EEG Fellowship

  • Critical Care EEG
  • Adult EMU
  • Pediatric EMU
  • Backup EMU/Elective
  • Elective

Of note, all fellows in both non-ACGME and ACGME programs at Yale New Haven Hospital are given four weeks of vacation time, which is included as elective time in the above listing of rotations.