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The U-M Medical School Department of Neurology Neuromuscular Fellowship is a one-year, ACGME accredited program of advanced training in diagnosis, management and pathology of neuromuscular disorders. Trainees interested in research may elect to remain as research fellows for laboratory or clinical research for one year with a grant. The neuromuscular fellowship is designed to enhance the education of academic neurologists in the field of neuromuscular disorders.
At the conclusion of the fellowship, trainees are competent in evaluating and managing a wide breadth of neuromuscular diseases, performing quality EMG and receive education in neuromuscular ultrasound. Upon completion, trainees are eligible to sit for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Neuromuscular Medicine Certification examination and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine Examination.
The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and generous benefits to our fellows and advanced trainees. Trainee salary will be commensurate with that of a House Officer at an equivalent level of training based on the HOA contract.
During each week, fellows spend time in the neuromuscular clinic (three half days) and the EMG laboratory (five half days). Fellows will also complete neuromuscular inpatient consults on a variety of acute conditions. Fellows will rotate through the multi-disciplinary clinics in MDA, CMT and ALS. A muscle and nerve pathology conference held several times per month provides exposure to interpretation of muscle and nerve pathology.
There is an early commitment to mastering routine nerve conduction study technique and needle EMG. Throughout the training year, there are opportunities to perform advanced techniques including single fiber EMG and autonomic studies. Fellows may complete EMGs at the bedside of inpatients who are unable to travel to the lab. There are several opportunities per month to perform skin or muscle biopsy with supervision of a staff neuromuscular physician. The lab has recently incorporated an ultrasound to allow for exposure to neuromuscular ultrasound use.
Neuromuscular fellows gain exposure to nerve and muscle pathology by reviewing biopsies through joint neuromuscular and pathology conferences.
- 200 muscle biopsies reviewed per year
- 50 nerve biopsies reviewed per year
A boot camp of high yield neuromuscular topics is held in early July as an initial introduction to neuromuscular medicine. A series of didactic conferences on EMG and neuromuscular topics are conducted weekly throughout the year, designed to provide high yield education to trainees. There is a monthly journal club and interesting neuromuscular case series intended to stimulate discussion on diagnosis or management of neuromuscular disease. Fellows receive instruction from neuromuscular faculty with a variety of clinical and research interests.
We have a long tradition of providing world-class training in clinical neurology. Your experience at the University of Michigan Department of Neurology will afford you many opportunities and prepare you to be an educator and a leader in our health care community.
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