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Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

Trenton Tollefson

Trenton Tollefson, M.D.
Program Director

This ACGME-accredited fellowship provides intensive training in diagnosis and management of patients with neuromuscular diseases, epilepsy and sleep disorders with emphasis on electrodiagnostic techniques.

This fellowship provides strong foundation in all aspects of Clinical Neurophysiology and is accredited by the RRC. It meets eligibility requirements to sit for the sub-specialty board examination in Clinical Neurophysiology.

There is access to a large teaching faculty in the Neuromuscular/EMG, Neuromuscular Ultrasound, Epilepsy/EEG/EP, and Sleep units of the Neurology department at URMC.

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Our Fellowship by the Numbers


Total Fellows


Faculty Members

100 %

Board Certified



Flexible Curriculum

Fellows can select between at least two basic options: an equal split between EMG/neuromuscular and EEG/epilepsy, or a program weighted more toward EEG/Epilepsy.


Our strength is our multidisciplinary team including adult and pediatric board-certified epileptologists, sleep faculty, and EMG faculty. 

Life of a URMC Fellow

Our emphasis on work/life balance is an important reason residents choose URMC. A focus on trainees well-being enables you to learn and thrive in Rochester.

What Our Fellows Say...


"The clinical neurophysiology program at the University of Rochester has been a fantastic training experience. As a former neurology resident at the University of Rochester, I chose to stay here given the strength of both our epilepsy and neuromuscular divisions as well as the flexibility of the neurophysiology fellowship. Having worked closely with faculty in both divisions as a resident, I was confident that I would have a great educational experience. As a future Epilepsy Fellow, the neurophysiology program has allowed me to incorporate epilepsy research into my weekly schedule, giving me the time and flexibility to work on longitudinal projects. Additional flexibility is built into the structureof the neurophysiology fellowship to allow for additional training in any area of interest, including long-term monitoring and intra-operative monitoring. This can be useful for the neurophysiology fellow who does not plan to stay for an additional year inepilepsy and would like to benefit from the exposure to these fields. 

Beyond the hands-on clinical experience, I have found the weekly education series and faculty engagement in the program to be tremendously helpful. The education series provides two hours of lectures per week given by the neuromuscular and epilepsy faculty to the neurophysiology fellows. ​For fellows who are inclined to pursue a career academic research within epilepsy, there is additional mentorship and support given through the monthly "research in progress" meetings during which fellows or faculty discuss their research to the group and receive feedback and ideas to help forward projects or establish new mentoring relationships. Similarly, monthly journal clubs held with both the epilepsy and neuromuscularfaculty offer yet more opportunities to learn from our faculty who are eager to support our education. ​The structure of the program combined with the strength of the faculty have made this fellowship the experience that I hoped it would be."

Patrick Rooney, M.D.