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Cedars-Sinai Epilepsy Fellowship Earns Accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Certifies the Medical Center’s Training Program for Physicians Specializing in This Common Neurological Disorder

The Epilepsy Fellowship Program at Cedars-Sinai was recently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the physician-led organization responsible for accrediting all graduate medical training programs for physicians in the U.S.

“We are excited about our newly accredited fellowship program in the field of epilepsy,” said Mark Noah, MD,Mark Noah, MD associate dean of Medical Education in Academic Affairs and director of Residency Training. “This accreditation is part of the tremendous growth in the neuroscience fields at Cedars-Sinai and will facilitate the development of talented physicians and scientists that will benefit our patients and community.”

Epilepsy is a disorder of the central nervous system that causes recurring seizures. It affects around 3.4 million people nationwide.

“We’re delighted at the ACGME’s recognition of the quality of our Epilepsy Fellowship Program,” said Nancy Sicotte, MD, chair of the Department of Neurology, professor of Neurology and the Women’s Guild Distinguished Chair in Neurology at Cedars-Sinai. “Under the supervision of some of the nation’s best physician-educators, our epilepsy fellows learn to care for complex medical and surgical epilepsy patients and master inpatient and outpatient diagnostic and neurophysiologic evaluation.”

Fellows are physicians who have had three or more years of residency training and are continuing to train for a specialty, such as neurology or cardiac surgery.

Cedars-Sinai’s epilepsy fellows work with physicians in the medical center’s Epilepsy Program, designated a Level 4—the highest level—by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. The fellows are involved with all aspects of patient consultation, testing and care, and work hand in hand with researchers pioneering leading-edge testing and treatment for management of this complex condition.

Epilepsy Program facilities include an inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit that offers advanced testing for patients with complex cases. The program is directed by Jeffrey M. Chung, MD, an associate professor of Neurology and the director of the Neurophysiology Laboratory at Cedars-Sinai.

“Some of our previous fellows are now running epilepsy programs throughout the country,” Chung said. “This accreditation will take us to the next level as we train a new generation of epilepsy specialists who will be leading the quest in improving the care and outcomes for patients suffering from this debilitating condition.”

Cedars-Sinai offers more than 78 fellowship experiences across an array of programs, all emphasizing collaborative, multidisciplinary patient care and offering access to the medical center’s top-notch research and treatment facilities.

Read more on the Cedars-Sinai Blog: Myths and Facts About Epilepsy