Epilepsy Fellowship


About the Program

The academic role of Epilepsy clinics is to familiarize fellows with epilepsy disorders or mimetic conditions in pediatric and adult population. Fellows will learn the etiology, pathophysiologic process, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work up and therapeutic management of epilepsy disorders as well as the social aspects of the disease. Epilepsy clinics will provide fellows expertise needed to manage full spectrum of epilepsy disorders mainly in an outpatient setting but also in the context of inpatient emergencies.

Our EEG laboratories are located at both the VCU Medical Center and the Hunter Holmes Mcguire VA Medical Center. Fellows will spend 6 months in the EEG laboratory and another 6 months in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

How to Apply

One fellowship position becomes available beginning July 1st each year. We will begin accepting applications on January 1, 2019 for a July 2020 start. The fellowship does not participate in any matching programs.

Please submit the following application materials:

-a VCUHS Graduate Medical Education general application 

-curriculum vitae with e-mail address, and phone number
-personal statement
-official medical school transcript
-test scores - USMLE Step 1, 2 and 3 or COMLEX 1, 2 and 3 - must be an original score report
-Notarized copy of Medical School diploma
-3 letters of recommendation
-Notarized copy of ECFMG certificate - if applicable
-Notarized, legible notarized copy of applicant Visa - if applicable

Send original applications to:

VCU Department of Neurology
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 (original score reports): 

-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 
-Notarized Copy of ECFMG Certificate, if applicable


VCU only sponsors J-1 visas.

Prerequisit Training

Applicants to the epilepsy 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 epilepsy 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.