The neurophysiology elective gives fellows insight into the interaction between neurological disorders, such as seizures and neuromuscular disease, and sleep. A special emphasis is put on the electroencephalographic recording, recognition of epileptiform activity on EEG, the management of seizures and the understanding of the effect of pharmacological management of seizure disorder on sleep.
During the neurophysiology elective, the trainee attends one half-day clinic in the Division of Neurology dedicated to the management of patients with seizure disorder, metabolic abnormalities and neuromuscular disorder; the fellow is involved in the evaluation and management of patients admitted to the neurotelemetry unit. In addition, the fellow interprets 24-hour EEG studies and accompanies the attending neurologist during patients’ evaluations.
During the last two weeks of the rotation, the fellow should be able to obtain a medical and sleep history and perform neurological physical examination.