Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University offer an ACGME-accredited, one year Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University offer an ACGME-accredited, one year Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship. The emphasis of the program is the pediatric population. The overarching goal of the fellowship is to prepare pediatric neurologists to be competent and highly skilled in all aspects of pediatric clinical neurophysiology.

In addition, by the end of the program the fellow will have acquired the knowledge needed to successfully achieve subspecialty certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Clinical Neurophysiology. These goals are achieved through clinical and research experiences.

What You Need to Know

Program Overview

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric hospital for The Ohio State University. Located in Columbus, Ohio, the center’s catchment area includes central Ohio; although many of our patients reside outside the state. The Epilepsy Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital performs nearly 2,800 outpatient routine EEGs and 1450 long-term EEGs each year. We perform long-term video EEG monitoring (LTM) on patients in our dedicated 6-bed epilepsy monitoring unit, but also in the pediatric, cardiac and neonatal intensive care units. In addition, we perform more than 70 epilepsy surgery cases and vagus nerve stimulation procedures (unique patients) each year. Finally, based on current patient volume, during the year 2019 we completed 90 pre-surgical evaluations (phase 1) and 51 epilepsy surgery cases, including 13 stereo EEG (SEEG) implantations.

The Pediatric Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program is directed by a team of specialists involved in patient care, education, and research. The one-year curriculum provides fellows cutting-edge experiences in all aspects of clinical neurophysiology including EEG and LTM interpretation, surgical management of epilepsy, diagnosis and management of neuromuscular diseases, nerve conduction/electromyography studies (NCV/EMG), neurophysiological intra-operative monitoring, and sleep medicine. While the program is flexible, the general framework includes 8-10 months at Nationwide Children's Hospital and 2-4 months at The Ohio State University. Fellows may also apply for an additional year of training tailored to those who would like to pursue advanced training in clinical neurophysiology, epilepsy surgery and research.

Fast Facts

  • The Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship is a joint program between The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Nationwide Children's Hospital.
  • The fellowship provides an ACGME-accredited subspecialty training in neurophysiology, including children and adults with focus on pediatrics.
  • Our goal is to provide didactic and clinical experience that prepares each fellow to be a board-certified neurophysiologist competent in all aspects of neurophysiology. This goal is met by providing an extensive hands-on exposure to the variety of neurophysiologic tests and subspecialty clinics under one-on-one supervision of board-certified neurophysiologists.
  • Faculty consist of renowned specialists and clinical researchers in adult and pediatric epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, sleep medicine, intraoperative monitoring (IOM) and evoked potentials.
  • Faculty are board certified by ABPN with specialty in Clinical Neurophysiology Epilepsy team members have additional board certification in Epilepsy.
  • The fellowship schedule is unique in its approach to providing fellows with a continuity perspective of patient care, and allows flexibility for the individual fellow's particular interests in neurophysiology.
  • Fellows are encouraged to participate in clinical research projects under faculty guidance, and are encouraged to present their research at national meetings for which funding is provided.
  • Fellows are provided with funding to attend at least one national meeting during their training.
  • An additional year of training is available to fellows interested in advanced training in epilepsy surgery.

Schedule

The 12-month fellowship schedule is flexible and can be tailored to the fellows’ interests within clinical neurophysiology.

Level 4 Epilepsy Center

NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Center

The Epilepsy Center at Nationwide Children’s is accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a Level 4 center, a designation reserved for programs offering the highest level of comprehensive and specialized care. With this accreditation, we serve as a referral center for epilepsy patients from across our region and beyond. In addition to the basic range of services, Level 4 accreditation requires advanced epilepsy surgery services and complex neurodiagnostic monitoring, including evaluation using intracranial electrodes.

Advanced Neurodiagnostics

The Epilepsy Center includes a cutting-edge Neurodiagnostics Program with an advanced Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU). Accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC), the EMU is where patients receive the essential long-term monitoring for pre-surgical evaluation and post-operative tests. The EMU is staffed 24/7 by registered nurses in addition to EEG technicians that are certified by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET).

Diagnostic Studies


  • 24-hour, long-term video EEG monitoring in a unit specifically designed for children
  • Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • High field, detailed MRI with at least 3 Tesla magnetic field strength
  • Cognitive and neuropsychological evaluation
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Routine digital/video EEG
  • Intra-operative and extra-operative cortical mapping studies to localize language and motor functions
  • Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)

Application and Selection

To be eligible, physicians must have completed a neurology or child neurology residency at an ACGME-accredited program in the United States or Canada.

If you meet these requirements, you may apply for the fellowship.

Application Components


  • Application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation addressed to the program director

Submit above by mail or email attachment to:

Nicole Norris
Program Coordinator
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
Nicole.Norris@NationwideChildrens.org

Contact

Letters of inquiry can be mailed to:

Jorge Vidaurre, MD
Program Director
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-4625
Jorge.Vidaurre@NationwideChildrens.org

Dara VF Albert, DO, MEd
Program Co-Director
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-4625
Dara.Albert@NationwideChildrens.org

Nicole Norris
Program Coordinator
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-4608
Nicole.Norris@NationwideChildrens.org