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Neurophysiology Fellowship

Current Fellows
morton.jpg Lawrence D. Morton, M.D.

The Department of Neurology’s clinical neurophysiology laboratory at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center offers a one-year fellowship, led by Lawrence D. Morton, M.D., and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Those who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Added Qualification in Clinical Neurophysiology Exam offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

 

About the Program

The fellowship time may be divided equally among EEG/epilepsy and EMG/neuromuscular disorders, or the fellow may spend nine months with one subspecialty and three months with the other. The Department of Neurology laboratory is located in a large tertiary referral hospital and state-of-the-art equipment is available.

In addition to training in EEG and EMG, fellows are instructed in evoked potentials, intraoperative monitoring, long-term video/EEG seizure monitoring and, if interested, polysomnography. Fellows see a wide range of patients, including those in the adult and pediatric seizure clinics, neuromuscular clinics and the Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic. There are a wide range of opportunities for clinical and basic science research, including investigational drug trials.

Sample rotation schedule

The VCU Department of Neurology operates on a 13-block rotation schedule; each block is four weeks in duration. 

Combined EEG/EMG Track 
EEG 6 blocks
EMG 6 blocks
Sleep 1 block

 

How to Apply

One fellowship position becomes available beginning July 1st each year. We will begin accepting applications beginning January 1, 2017 for a July 2018 start. The fellowship does not participate in any matching programs.

Interview days for 2017 are: 
Friday, January 6, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017 

Please submit the following original application materials:

  • VCUHS Graduate Medical Education general application
  • curriculum vita with e-mail address, and phone number
  • personal statement
  • photograph
  • official medical school transcript
  • test scores - USMLE Step 1, 2 and 3 or COMLEX 1, 2 and 3
  • dean’s letter
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • ECFMG certificate - if applicable
  • Legible copy of applicant Visa - if applicable

Send original applications to:   

Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Clinical Neurophysiology
Attn: Jennifer Rew, Fellowship Coordinator
PO Box 980599, Richmond, VA 23298-0599

Letters of recommendation

A minimum of three letters dated within one year are required. Recommenders must be U.S. or Canadian physicians who know the applicant’s clinical skills and abilities, and have worked with the applicant during the past two years.

 

Test Scores

Fellowship applicants must send all applicable test scores noted below:

  • USMLE Step 1, Step 2, Step 2 CS and Step 3.  (passing scores - no minimum) 
  • COMLEX, if applicable
  • TOEFL — score must be at least 600
  • CSA/Step 2CS, if applicable
  • TWE, if applicable
  • Copy of ECFMG Certificate, if applicable

 

Visa

VCU only sponsors J-1 visas.

 

Prerequisite Training

Applicants to the clinical neurophysiology fellowship must have successfully completed a residency program in neurology, child neurology or general psychiatry accredited in the U.S. or Canada. For further information, please visit the ACGME and ABPN websites.

After acceptance, but prior to joining the clinical neurophysiology fellowship program, applicants are required to provide a list of the rotations completed during prerequisite training. This must be received no later than July 15 and must appear on letterhead from the institution where prerequisite training was completed.