The overall goal of the epilepsy fellowship program at UCSF is to train outstanding clinical neurologists who are sufficiently competent to enter clinical subspecialty practice without direct supervision by the end of the program. The aims of the program also include the training of academic leaders in epilepsy—whether by virtue of lasting contributions to improving or providing clinical care to patients, improvements in public health, educating future neurologists, or fostering the early careers of clinical or laboratory research physician-scientists. This is an ACGME accredited program (first year is a clinical neurophysiology fellowship). Fellows are eligible to apply for an added qualification in clinical neurophysiology by the ABPN at the completion of training.
The training program has been designed with two main tracks (fellows, with the guidance of the program director and other supervising faculty, choose which track they will enter at the beginning of the program):
Clinical track: this program is based on a supervised experience in the inpatient adult and pediatric video/EEG monitoring units at UCSF and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC), adult and pediatric epilepsy outpatient clinics at UCSF and SFVAMC , critical care and outpatient electroencephalographic interpretation at UCSF and SFVAMC and outreach clinics through the US public health service and SFVAMC (rural California, video tele-clinics and Navajo nation outreach clinic).
Research track: Under the supervision of the program director and with guidance from the Epilepsy director and research mentors, fellows identify appropriate translational, bench or clinical research projects during their clinical neurophysiology fellowship year. Fellows who select this track must have successfully applied for intramural or extramural funding support, developed a project with clearly delineated specific aims, hypotheses and study design and identified appropriate mentors.
Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae (CV), statement of interest/career goals and 3 letters of recommendation to Tina Shih, MD, fellowship program director. Email is preferred. Please also feel free to direct questions to Tina Shih via email or by calling her at 415-353-9173.
Tina Shih, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology
Fellowship Director, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology
400 Parnassus Avenue
UCSF Box 0138
San Francisco, CA 94143