Training Neurologists in the Treatment of Pediatric Epilepsy Disorders
The Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin is a one-year program that trains fellows to evaluate and treat seizures and seizure disorders. The fellowship provides a strong foundation in the science, pathology, clinical evaluation, diagnosis and management of these disorders at a level beyond that expected of a general or child neurologist.
In both inpatient and outpatient settings, fellows develop clinical skills relevant to all aspects of medical and surgical epilepsy evaluation and management. While the program’s emphasis is in pediatric epilepsy, at least one month of training is devoted to evaluation and management of epilepsy in adults. Fellows have one month of research and two elective rotations. They also have the option to participate in international epilepsy clinics and educational initiatives.
Strengths of this fellowship include top-tier clinical faculty, including five pediatric epileptologists, six epilepsy nurse practitioners, a brand-new neuroscience clinic and a Level 4 epilepsy center that includes eight epilepsy monitoring unit beds and 14 portable inpatient EEGs. The fellowship also features an active epilepsy surgery program and and robust specialty clinics. The program’s curriculum is individualized towards each fellow’s research and clinical interests while also containing a comprehensive didactic schedule to prepare for American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology epilepsy boards.