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Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship

The Pediatric Epilepsy fellowship training program is a two-year program intended for individuals planning an academic career. This provides training in clinical pediatric epilepsy, neurophysiology and research.  

The clinical training includes direct patient care in the outpatient diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy in children with a focus on pharmacological, surgical and diet therapy management. The neurophysiology training is very thorough and well rounded.  This includes video-EEG telemetry monitoring, routine EEG studies, and intraoperative electrocorticography. We have very active and growing intensive care unit EEG monitoring programs in both the Pediatric ICU and Neonatal ICU. Additionally there is exposure to invasive monitoring with depth and subdural electrodes, EEG mapping, automated EEG analysis, intraoperative monitoring, polysomnography, MEG, advanced neuroimaging and evoked potentials. 

Fellows are expected to participate in one or more clinical or basic research programs being carried out within the division, elsewhere in the Pediatric or Neurology departments or within the Brain Injury Research Institute. Fellows are also expected to submit at least one publication. Dedicated research time is built into both the first and second year of the training program.

Fellows become eligible to take the examinations for certification by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology and in clinical neurophysiology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Full-time ABCN and/or ABPN clinical neurophysiology certified faculty include: Jason T Lerner MD, Joyce Wu MD, Joyce Matsumoto MD, Shaun Hussain MD, Jerome Engel MD PhD, John Stern MD, Marc Nuwer MD PhD, Dawn Eliashiv MD, Jason Soss MD, Christopher DeGiorgio MD and Lara Schrader MD. Additional clinical epilepsy faculty includes: Raman Sankar MD PhD and W. Donald Shields MD.

Applicants must have completed a residency in child or adult neurology and be eligible for a license to practice medicine in the state of California. Since the fellowship is designed for special training in advanced epilepsy and EEG, it is preferred that the applicant already be familiar with routine EEG interpretation.

To apply for a position, please send a CV, a personal statement describing your professional interests and plans, and three reference letters. One letter should be from your residency program director and at least one of the other two letters should be from a clinical neurophysiologist or epileptologist. All documents are best submitted by email and are to be sent to Jason Lerner at jlerner@mednet.ucla.edu. Selected applicants are invited to visit to see the program and meet with the faculty for interviews.