Epilepsy Fellowship

 Olga Taraschenko, MD, PhD
Olga Taraschenko, MD, PhD, Director, Epilepsy Fellowship

Overview
Epilepsy affects millions of people around the world, including 3 million adults and 470,000 children in the U.S. Approximately 20,000 Nebraskans have epilepsy, and of those, about 6,000 have drug-resistant epilepsy and require specialized care. Epileptology is a shortage subspecialty throughout the country, and especially in the Midwest. Because of the shortage of specialists and high patient volumes from the vast catchment area, fellows at our training program have an opportunity to learn by seeing some of the most complex and fascinating epilepsy cases.

The fellowship training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) takes place at a Level 4 Epilepsy Center where we provide intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring, extensive medical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial treatments, and deliver access to a broad range of surgical procedures.

Facilities
Our Epilepsy Center includes an eight-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) for adult and pediatric patients referred for diagnostic EEG and presurgical evaluation. We treat over 300 patients annually in the EMU.

We are also one of only a handful of medical centers across the country to have a magnetoencephalography (MEG) scanner where our fellows may be trained with an experienced faculty member.

Faculty and Staff

Fellow Learning Opportunities
UNMC has all of the resources necessary to provide a state-of-the-art epilepsy training to fellows. We have highly skilled faculty with expertise in patient care, research, and education; state-of-the-art clinical and surgical programs; a team of specialized support staff; robust support infrastructure, and a broad referral base that allows us to routinely see patients with both common and rare seizure disorders.

Epilepsy fellows will also have extensive opportunities to engage in research and learn through formal mentorship and instruction. Our didactic and research opportunities include:

To Apply
Please submit the statement of interest (1-2 pages maximum), three letters of recommendation and your CV to:
Lori Schuetze, Education Coordinator
Email: lori.schuetze@unmc.edu