Fellowship Curriculum Modules

Fellowship Curriculum Overview:
In September of 2016, the American Epilepsy Society (AES) Epilepsy Fellowship Program Director Task Force was charged with developing a comprehensive online epilepsy fellowship curriculum. The intent of this curriculum is to provide epilepsy fellows and their program directors with a centralized, high quality and standardized resource of peer-reviewed educational content.  This Fellowship Curriculum will allow program directors to spend less time on lecture planning and resource development and to devote more time to interactive learning.

The Curriculum:
The curriculum consists of seven modules in an on-demand course format comprised of streamed PowerPoint presentations synced with lecture audio from nationally and internationally distinguished experts in epilepsy who served as faculty. In addition, handouts serving as reference guides for each topic are provided. A certificate of participation is provided at the end of each recording. In addition, handouts serving as reference guides for each topic are provided. Please note that all handouts can be found under the "Resources" tab of each recording module.

This on-demand format allows fellows to review learning modules individually on their own schedule. Each module is These modules serve as a robust epilepsy fellowship curriculum that flexibly fit into the needs of fellowship training programs.  

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Fellowship Curriculum Volume 1 Modules

Module 1: Background: General
Seizure Semiology
Heather Ravvin McKee, MD

Definition of Seizure and Epilepsy
Krzysztof Bujarski, MD

Module 2: Background: Electroclinical Syndromes
Electroclinical Syndromes of Adolescence and Adulthood
Amar Bhatt, MD

Electroclinical Syndromes Less-Specific Age Relationship
Christopher Skidmore, MD

Module 3: Background: Special Populations
Epilepsy in the Adolescent Population
France Fung, MD and Dennis Dlugos, MD

Women with Epilepsy
Alison Pack, MD, MPH

Module 4: Comorbidities
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA)
Jennifer Hopp, MD

Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)
Elizabeth Donner, MD, MSc, FRPCP

Other Psychiatric Disorders

Heidi Munger Clary, MD, MPH

Module 5: EEG
Interictal EEG Patterns

Renée Shellhaas, MD, MS

Ambulatory EEG
David Ficker, MD

Module 6: Management
Imaging Basic Structural MRI (acquisition and common lesions)
R. Edward Hogan, MD

Self-Management for Adults with Epilepsy
Erica Johnson, PhD, FAES

Management Definition of Drug-Resistant or Pharmacoresistant
Chad Carlson, MD

Special Populations: Children 1 -12 Years Old
Georgette Smith, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC 

Pediatric Epilepsy: Self/Family Management
Janelle L. Wagner, PhD

Monotherapy vs Polytherapy
Lauren Frey, MD

Evaluation of the Person with Epilepsy: Neuropsychological Evaluation
Madison M. Berl, PhD, ABPP

Epilepsy in the Elderly
Ilo Leppik, MD

Management Drug Interactions
Gregory Krauss, MD

Module 7: Surgical
Surgery Generalized Epilepsy/Corpus Callostomy
Francesco T. Mangano, DO

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Target Audience: Epilepsy fellows, epilepsy program directors, and epilepsy fellowship programs


Upon completing this fellowship curriculum, the epilepsy fellow should be able to:

1. Describe the basic mechanisms of seizures and epilepsy

2. Identify the definitions of and classifications of seizures and epilepsy

3. Explain the natural history and prognosis of epilepsy

4. Describe the principles involved in the evaluation and management of seizures and epilepsy

Howard Goodkin, MD, PhD, Chair, Fellowship Curriculum Project
David Ficker, MD, Chair, Epilepsy Fellowship Program Directors Committee

Howard Goodkin, MD, PhD
David Ficker, MD
Ignacio Valencia, MD
Daniel Weber, DO
Rana Said, MD

Note: These modules are not accredited for continuing education credits. 


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