Epilepsy Fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is an ACGME approved fellowship at a Level 4 NEAC Epilepsy Center located in Northern New England. The fellowship offers comprehensive training in medical and surgical care of adult and pediatric patients with epilepsy. It can be designed as either a stand-alone one-year program or can be combined with a second one-year fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology.
All fellows are required to fulfill a variety of clinical responsibilities including attending on the inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit, in the epilepsy outpatient clinic, and epilepsy surgery conference.
Fellows are mentored in research projects which can involve a variety of topic such as treatment of seizures or treatment of cognitive dysfunction in epilepsy.
Our mission is to guide and educate physicians as they develop the skills and expertise to provide safe epilepsy treatments to patients. We seek to train physicians to continuously improve their education and academic or clinical practice.
- To train physicians to practice independently in the field of epilepsy
- To advance the field of epilepsy surgery
- To train physicians for academic epilepsy practice
During the Epilepsy Fellowship, you become proficient in:
- Outpatient management of patients with refractory epilepsy
- Interpreting long-term video EEG recordings
- Deciding between resective surgery vs. brain stimulation for the treatment of refractory epilepsy
- Conducting clinical research
- Teaching residents and fellows
- Inpatient management of patients in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
- Planning and interpretation of intracranial stereo EEG recordings
- Use of Neuropace
Those successfully completing the program are eligible for subspecialty certification in Epilepsy by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. The optional combined 2-year fellowship program better prepares candidates for an academic practice in a tertiary epilepsy center, offering a greater opportunity to become proficient at surgical treatments and also to become more involved in research studies.