Fellowship programs in clinical neurophysiology are designed for licensed physicians looking for training in the field, as they will learn about the central nervous system and the diagnosis, treatment and management of neurological diseases. These programs are principally offered by medical schools and usually take one year to complete. Fellows are allowed to choose a concentration in sub-areas like epilepsy, neuromuscular diseases, strokes and sleep disorders. Other covered topics include Alzheimer's disease, dystonia and chronic pain. Clinical rotations provide direct consultation and collaboration experience with physicians, nurses and other medical professionals. Applicants must be licensed physicians and have completed a residency in neurology. They also must be board certified or eligible for certification in the science.
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Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Programs
Curricula in these programs are a combination of conferences, lectures and clinical rotations, rather than structured classes. Topics likely to be discussed include:
- Parkinson's disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscular dystrophy
- Peripheral neuropathy
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for physicians, which includes clinical neurophysiologists, is expected to grow at a rate of 14% over 2014-2024. The mean annual salary for these professionals was $202,450 as of May 2015.
Certification is available from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). To be eligible, candidates must be board certified in neurology, finish a 1-year clinical neurophysiology fellowship and pass the ABPN certification exam (www.abpn.com).
Education and training in clinical neurophysiology is available to students as a fellowship program. Students get hands-on experience in order to prepare them for a career within the field.