The Department of Neurology at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center offers a one-year epilspsy fellowship, led by Victor Gonzalez Montoya, M.D., and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Those who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Added Qualification in Epilepsy Exam offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
About the Program
The academic role of Epilepsy clinics is to familiarize fellows with epilepsy disorders or mimetic conditions in pediatric and adult population. Fellows will learn the etiology, pathophysiologic process, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work up and therapeutic management of epilepsy disorders as well as the social aspects of the disease. Epilepsy clinics will provide fellows expertise needed to manage full spectrum of epilepsy disorders mainly in an outpatient setting but also in the context of inpatient emergencies.
Our EEG laboratories are located at both the VCU Medical Center and the Hunter Holmes Mcguire VA Medical Center. Fellows will spend 6 months in the EEG laboratory and another 6 months in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.
How to Apply
One fellowship position becomes available beginning July 1 each year. All application materials must be received by April 1st for consideration. The fellowship does not participate in any matching programs.
Note: We will be accepting applications in the spring of 2016 for a July 2017 start.
Please submit the following application materials:
-a VCUHS Graduate Medical Education general application -curriculum vita with e-mail address, and phone number -personal statement -photograph -official medical school transcript -test scores - USMLE Step 1, 2 and 3 or COMLEX 1, 2 and 3 - must be an original score report -dean’s letter -3 letters of recommendation -Notarized copy of ECFMG certificate - if applicable -Legible notarized copy of applicant Visa - if applicable
Send original applications to:
VCU Department of Neurology Attn: Jennifer Rew, Fellowship Coordinator PO Box 980599 Richmond, VA 23298-0599
Letters of recommendation
A minimum of three letters dated within one year are required. Recommenders must be U.S. or Canadian physicians who know the applicant’s clinical skills and abilities, and have worked with the applicant during the past two years.
Fellowship applicants must send all applicable test scores noted below (original score reports):
-USMLE Step 1, Step 2, Step 2 CS and Step 3. (passing scores - no minimum) -COMLEX, if applicable -TOEFL — score must be at least 600 -CSA/Step 2CS, if applicable -TWE, if applicable -Notarized Copy of ECFMG Certificate, if applicable
VCU only sponsors J-1 visas
Applicants to the epilepsy fellowship must have successfully completed a residency program in neurology, child neurology or general psychiatry accredited in the U.S. or Canada. For further information, please visit the ACGME and ABPN websites.
After acceptance, but prior to joining the epilepsy fellowship program, applicants are required to provide a list of the rotations completed during prerequisite training. This must be received no later than July 15 and must appear on letterhead from the institution where prerequisite training was completed.