The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, one of the largest VA hospitals in the country serving Harris County and 27 surrounding counties, has a primary stroke certification and also boasts only one of six national Parkinson's Disease Research, Education, and clinical centers as well as a Comprehensive Epilepsy Center of Excellence.
Fellows at MEDVAMC will participate in two rotations while there with most of the time dedicated to the first experience
• Outpatient EEG rotation: Fellows will read all studies performed in the neurophysiology lab including outpatient EEGs, inpatient EEGs including continuous long term monitoring studies. The fellows experience also includes evoked potentials.
• Epilepsy Monitoring unit: Fellows also spend time in the 4-bed EMU. The Michael DeBakey VA Hospital is a Comprehensive Epilepsy Center of Excellence and has referrals from many out of state patients. The EMU principally sees patient undergoing diagnostic evaluation for spells of unclear etiology and pre-surgical workups with occasional intracranial monitoring cases. The afternoon is set aside time to see patients in epilepsy clinic at McNair campus alongside the adult epilepsy faculty.
• EMG: Fellows on EMG rotations will have select half days set aside to perform outpatient EMGs at the MEDVAMC with neuromuscular faculty.