Green Neuro

Clinical Neurophysiology

How to Apply for a Fellowship Position

Submit CV and personal statement.
Three Letters of Recommendation (one letter must be from the program director of your core residency program).
All USMLE steps must be completed and passed; score reports are required at time of the application and ECFMG certificate if applicable. Applicants to this program must have completed an accredited Neurology Residency Program in the United States or Canada and must be board eligible for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Send your application materials to:

Mary Phelan, BS, C-TAGME, Fellowship Coordinator,
SUNY Upstate Medical University,
Department of Neurology,
750 East Adams St.,
Syracuse, NY 13210


Once your application materials have been received and evaluated, competitive candidates will be contacted directly for an interview.

Educational ProgramBasic Curriculum

The clinical neurophysiology residency program is a one year program including hands on training and didactic presentations with the goal of training clinical neurologists to become experts in the field of clinical neurophysiology. The program is accredited by the ACGME.

There are two tracks:

  • Track 1 is oriented towards those primarily interested in EEG and epilepsy
  • Track 2 is for neurologists who wish primary specialization in neuromuscular disease and EMG.

EMG fellows receive training in reading EEGs and evoked potentials approximately 1 day per week. They also see neuromuscular patients in clinic approximately 1/2 day per week. The remainder of their clinical time is spent performing EMGs under the constant direction of an attending physician. By the end of the year, fellows will have performed at least 250-300 EMG studies. The attending is always physically present and provides constant educational support.

EEG fellows receive training in reading adult and pediatric, inpatient and outpatient EEGs under the supervision of 5 electroencephalographers and epileptologists. More than 3500 EEGs are performed yearly at Upstate. They receive training in reading surgical and differential diagnostic video EEG monitoring evaluations, as well as outpatient ambulatory EEGs. They also see patients in the epilepsy clinic about a half a day per week. EEG residents also receive formal training in performing EMGs, and the EMG residents also rotate in the EEG reading schedule.

Both residents receive exposure to evoked potentials and sleep as well.

Participation is expected and time is allowed for participation in research projects. Fellows are expected to present lectures to the laboratory staff on a regular basis on topics of basic clinical and academic interest. They may conduct an independent research project of their choosing under the guidance of a faculty member, or may participate in an ongoing project directed by a faculty member. Completion of a project worthy of presentation at a national scientific meeting is expected.

Salary and Benefits

Fellows receive malpractice protection from the State of New York. Major medical and a number of health-insurance options, including a prescription drug program, are provided, beginning on the 43rd day of employment. Residents are entitled to 15 working days of vacation.

Extra-curricular professional activities (moonlighting)

NOTE: This medical center is, in general, against moonlighting. It may, however, permit it at times, but only with the written permission of the head of the department.