A Video-Based Introductory EEG Curriculum for Neurology Residents and Other EEG Learners

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10570 April 17, 2017 13

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Introduction:It is difficult to provide standardized formal education in EEG because of time limitations and the availability of expert teachers. Video-based miniature lectures are a useful way to standardize the foundational principles of EEG and support learning during EEG/epilepsy rotations. Methods: A curriculum of 10 EEG teaching videos was developed based on concepts outlined in the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Neurology Milestones. The videos were short (6-17 minutes) and made available to residents rotating through an EEG/epilepsy rotation in two neurology residency programs. Residents were instructed to review the videos and then apply their newly learned skills during EEG reading sessions. A survey about the process was completed at the end of the year. Results: Twenty-one residents participated in the curriculum, and 15 (71%) responded to the survey. Two-thirds of respondents (10/15) said that they watched all of the videos, and 87% (13/15) watched at least half of the videos. All of the respondents used the videos as introductions to EEG concepts, and approximately half of respondents returned to the videos as a refresher after the rotation was over. Nearly all respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that the curriculum was a useful component of the rotation and helped them to understand difficult concepts. All strongly agreed that they would recommend the curriculum to other residents. Discussion: A video-based approach to EEG teaching could complement existing curricula and ensure that learners have access to foundational miniature lectures when and where they need them.


Moeller JJ, Farooque P, Leydon G, Dominguez M, Schwartz ML, Sadler RM. A video-based introductory EEG curriculum for neurology residents and other EEG learners. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2017;13:10570. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10570

Educational Objectives

By the end of the module, learners will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic technical principles of EEG and how they relate to EEG interpretation.
  2. Understand simple EEG findings, including normal awake and sleep patterns, as well as common abnormalities.
  3. Apply the knowledge introduced in the videos to basic interpretation of routine EEG recordings.


  • Electroencephalography, Neurology, Residency, Video, Flipped Classroom

Prior Scholarly Dissemination

Portions of this submission were presented in abstract form at the 2015 American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting.


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