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Program Manager, Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program
Andrea Ruiz, BGS, C-TAGME
Phone: 305-243-2742
Fax: 305-243-0359
Email: umneurofellowships@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
Our program does not participate in a match program. The final fellowship selections are made among the interviewed candidates by the faculty and/or selection committee. All applicants must have satisfactorily completed a residency program in child neurology, neurodevelopmental disabilities, neurology or psychiatry.

How to Apply:
Applicants should send an application form to umneurofellowships@med.miami.edu with the following items:

  • C.V.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (one must be from Training Director and two from faculty)
  • USMLE Exam Scores (Steps 1, 2 and 3)
  • Valid ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)
  • Diploma/Certificate from Medical School

Deadline:
Applications are accepted from May to September. Interviews are conducted from August to December.

Call Schedule

Fellows take 12-hour call two nights per week from home and one out of every four weekends, in which they also round with a faculty member. All calls are backed up by a faculty member.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1201 NW 16th St

Miami, FL 33125

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UHealth at The Professional Arts Center

1150 NW 14th St Suite 609

Miami, FL 33136

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UHealth Tower

1400 NW 12th Ave

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete Steps 1, 2 and 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination prior to acceptance into the program.

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of successful graduation from a residency program in child neurology, neurodevelopmental disabilities, neurology or psychiatry.

All required clinical education must be completed in an ACGME-accredited residency program, an American Osteopathic Association-approved residency program, a program with ACGME International Advanced Specialty accreditation or a residency program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

Mission & Vision

The mission of the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program is to provide comprehensive clinical training in the study and interpretation of the clinical neurophysiology tests commonly utilized in the diagnosis and prognosis of neurological disorders, involving the central and peripheral nervous systems.

By the completion of training, fellows are expected to become competent in the use of these tests, which will allow them to perform comprehensive evaluation of patients with chronic and treatment-resistant epilepsy, newly diagnosed epilepsy, non-epileptic events of organic or functional nature, as well as the assessment of neuromuscular disorders in private practice or academic settings.

Mission & Vision

The mission of the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program is to provide comprehensive clinical training in the study and interpretation of the clinical neurophysiology tests commonly utilized in the diagnosis and prognosis of neurological disorders, involving the central and peripheral nervous systems.

By the completion of training, fellows are expected to become competent in the use of these tests, which will allow them to perform comprehensive evaluation of patients with chronic and treatment-resistant epilepsy, newly diagnosed epilepsy, non-epileptic events of organic or functional nature, as well as the assessment of neuromuscular disorders in private practice or academic settings.

Program Director’s Welcome

The vision of the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program is to train neurologists with special expertise in the administration and interpretation of the following tests: routine and prolonged electroencephalography studies as well as video-EEG monitoring studies in all age groups; evoked potentials and electromyogram and nerve conduction velocity studies. In addition, our program will expose all trainees to intraoperative monitoring. For fellows with specific interest in this field, a more in-depth training is arranged. Finally, fellows will become familiarized with neurophysiologic studies used in the evaluation of sleep disorders, including polysomnogram and multiple sleep latency tests.

Program Director’s Welcome

The vision of the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program is to train neurologists with special expertise in the administration and interpretation of the following tests: routine and prolonged electroencephalography studies as well as video-EEG monitoring studies in all age groups; evoked potentials and electromyogram and nerve conduction velocity studies. In addition, our program will expose all trainees to intraoperative monitoring. For fellows with specific interest in this field, a more in-depth training is arranged. Finally, fellows will become familiarized with neurophysiologic studies used in the evaluation of sleep disorders, including polysomnogram and multiple sleep latency tests.

Our objectives include teaching fellows the theory, methodology, instrumentation and interpretation of EEGs; prolonged EEGs and video-EEG monitoring studies; evoked potentials; EMG and NCV through didactic lectures; interactive workshops and hands-on experience under close supervision.

Fellows rotate through three hospitals/medical centers (Jackson Memorial Hospital; Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and UHealth Tower, a University of Miami Hospital and Clinics Facility) each one with patients that present different types of pathology, spanning all ethnicities and age groups (including premature babies). Each facility has an inpatient video-EEG monitoring unit, inpatient and outpatient EEG recordings (routine and prolonged) and outpatient clinics. In addition, these institutions house the largest epilepsy and neuromuscular programs in South Florida, including two Level IV epilepsy centers and a VA Epilepsy Center of Excellence, while the neuromuscular service has centers of excellence for ALS. During their rotation in each hospital, fellows are exposed to recordings of at least two to three patients with status epilepticus and 10 to 20 pre-surgical and/or diagnostic video-EEG monitoring studies per week and more than 50 EMG and NCV studies per month.

-Basim Uthman, MD

Description

Fellows rotate through three hospitals/medical centers (Jackson Memorial Hospital; Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and UHealth Tower, a University of Miami Hospital and Clinics Facility) each one with patients that present different types of pathology, spanning all ethnicities and age groups (including premature babies). Each facility has an inpatient video-EEG monitoring unit, inpatient and outpatient EEG recordings (routine and prolonged) and outpatient clinics. In addition, these institutions house the largest epilepsy and neuromuscular programs in South Florida, including two Level IV epilepsy centers and a VA Epilepsy Center of Excellence, while the neuromuscular service has centers of excellence for ALS. During their rotation in each hospital, fellows are exposed to recordings of at least two to three patients with status epilepticus and 10 to 20 pre-surgical and/or diagnostic video-EEG monitoring studies per week and more than 50 EMG and NCV studies per month.

-Basim Uthman, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Fellows per Year?

2

Duration of Fellowship?

1 year

Program Highlights

Largest epilepsy & neuromuscular programs in South Florida

2 Level IV Epilepsy Centers & VA Epilepsy Center of Excellence

50+ EMG & NCV studies (per month)

Clinical Experience

Overview

Our Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program is designed to allow fellows to rotate through the electroencephalography and epilepsy services at Jackson Memorial Hospital; the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and UHealth Tower. Fellows are also able to rotate through the electromyography/nerve conduction velocity and neuromuscular service at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the sleep and intraoperative medicine services at the VA Medical Center and the outpatient neurophysiology service at UHealth at The Professional Arts Center.

Devoted time for research is also an essential part of this program. The didactic curriculum for fellows includes a variety of neurophysiology lectures with clinical teaching sessions, weekly multidisciplinary epilepsy patient management conferences, weekly EEG rounds with fellows for the neurology residents in the inpatient service, bi-monthly status epilepticus rounds with fellows and the neurology intensive care team and monthly journal club meetings covering a variety of different topics in neurophysiology. Didactic lectures cover a wide range of topics and are well-attended by our fellows, faculty and neurology residents. Evaluation of trainees consists of Milestones framework for assessment of the fellow’s development in key dimensions of the elements of physician competency in clinical neurophysiology.

Educational & Other Experience

The clinical neurophysiology fellowship will give trainees the opportunity to develop expertise in the following areas: EEG; intracranial EEG monitoring, video‐EEG telemetry; electrocorticography; EMG nerve conduction studies; sleep studies and evoked potential monitoring, including intraoperative monitoring. The disease entities in which the fellows will develop expertise in relationship to the neurophysiologic tests include epilepsy, neuromuscular disease and sleep medicine. The fellow will also have the option to develop research skills in areas such as clinical trials and basic neurophysiology.

After completion of the first year of clinical neurophysiology fellowship, the fellow is expected to be competent in interpreting EEGs, EMG/NCVs, evoked potentials or sleep studies, and to have expertise in obtaining a relevant epilepsy, neuromuscular disease and sleep disorder history. Fellows will be able to develop a differential diagnostic list based on historical and physical findings, be able to plan a relevant diagnostic evaluation including neurophysiologic tests and interpret the diagnostic evaluation in the appropriate clinical setting.

In addition, fellows will be able to emergently manage epilepsy patients, outline a long‐term plan for treatment of the relevant disorders, be able to provide neuromuscular consultations and be a useful resource to general neurologists. Fellows will also be able to supervise and teach junior residents and medical students, and interact with consultants in closely related fields such as neurosurgery and cardiology.

Your Faculty

Michael Benatar, MD, PhD
Chief, Neuromuscular Division
Professor, Neurology
Walter Bradley Chair, ALS Research

Marcella Coutts, MD
Attending Physician, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Kamil Detyniecki, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurology

Volkan Granit, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurology
Associate Director, Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Program

Maria Raquel Lopez, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurology

Merredith Lowe, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurology

Andres Kanner, MD, FANA
Associate Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program

Ramses Ribot, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurology

Basim Uthman, MD
Chief, Neurology, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program

Naymee Velez-Ruiz, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurology

Douglas Wallace, MD
Associate Professor, Clinical Neurology, VA Sleep Medicine Division

Alumni Placements Include:

Access Physicians
Advanced Pain Institute, LLC
Ascension St. Vincent’s Southside Hospital
Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Case Western Reserve University
Holy Cross Hospital
El Camino Hospital, Mountain View Campus
Middlesex Hospital
Nemours Children’s Hospital
NYU Winthrop Medical Affiliates
St. Mark’s Hospital
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center’s Center for Health + Technology
University of Saskatchewan
Various national and international private practices

Alumni Placements Include:

Access Physicians
Advanced Pain Institute, LLC
Ascension St. Vincent’s Southside Hospital
Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Case Western Reserve University
Holy Cross Hospital
El Camino Hospital, Mountain View Campus
Middlesex Hospital
Nemours Children’s Hospital
NYU Winthrop Medical Affiliates
St. Mark’s Hospital
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center’s Center for Health + Technology
University of Saskatchewan
Various national and international private practices