VIREPA Distance Education Program
Application is now open for the 2014-2015 Academic Year
The International League Against Epilepsy’s Virtual Epilepsy Academy (VIREPA) provides a variety of online courses about the diagnosis, treatment and management of epilepsy. The internet-based, e-moderated courses are highly interactive and involve a great deal of collaboration and discussion among students and faculty. The courses are primarily intended for neurologists, paediatric neurologists and paediatricians, neuropsychiatrists and neuropsychologists, epilepsy nurses and nurse practitioners dealing with patients with epilepsy. However some courses are appropriate for neurophysiologists and basic scientists including geneticists, physiologists and neuroscientists, who are dealing with patients with epilepsy.
Applications will be accepted until August 4. For details about the courses, fees, bursaries and prerequisites, select the appropriate link. Read carefully the information about the Application Process below prior to applying for a course.
Download a full listing of VIREPA courses.
* In order to enhance the success of the VIREPA distance education programming by developing new course formats and topics, the Education Commission and the Distance Education Task Force have determined the necessity to implement fewer courses for the 2014-15 academic year. This means that to enable planning and development for the 2015-16 academic year, the Genetics, Psychiatric Aspects and the Neuroimaging courses will not be implemented this year.
Applications will be accepted until August 4. Please note that it is necessary to submit all required documents for your course at the time you submit your VIREPA application. Though it is important to keep the application deadline in mind, do not submit your application until you are able to upload all required documents.When the application deadline has been reached, the Course Directors will review each application for quality and completeness. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within 3-4 weeks after the application deadline.
Submission of a letter of recommendation from the bursary applicant’s current workplace or from the leadership of the local ILAE Chapter or Regional Commission stating the expected benefit to the epilepsy care and development in the bursary applicant’s community specific to the VIREPA course for which application is being made is required.
In case such evidence cannot be submitted, a personal letter of motivation is required outlining the benefit the bursary candidate expects for his/her daily practice and professional career specific to the VIREPA course for which application is being made.
Please note that this requirement (letter of recommendation OR personal letter of motivation) is mandatory and is an important part of the decision-making process for the granting of any bursary. It is also important to note that dropping out of a course, or having limited participation in one, may impact future decisions about bursary eligibility.
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