The Michigan Medicine 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. 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 and performing quality EMGs. 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 neuromuscular clinic is a tertiary referral center, drawing patients from Ann Arbor and the Metro-Detroit area, as well as Indiana, Ohio and throughout the state of Michigan. The neuromuscular clinic sees a variety of referrals for common and uncommon neuromuscular diseases. There are also multi-disciplinary clinics for muscular dystrophy, CMT and ALS. There is strong collaboration with PM&R, neuro-pathology, neurosurgery and ancillary services (PT, OT, SW).
- ~100-125 adult patients seen weekly in neuromuscular clinic
- ~40-50 EMGs performed weekly in lab
Neuromuscular Clinical Exposure
During each week, fellows spend time in the neuromuscular clinic (three half days) and the EMG laboratory (five half days). Fellows complete neuromuscular inpatient consults on a variety of acute conditions. Fellows will also rotate through the multi-disciplinary clinics in MDA, CMT and ALS. There is muscle & nerve pathology conference held several times per month to allow for exposure to interpretation of muscle and nerve slides.
Electrodiagnostics and Procedures
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.
Neuromuscular fellows gain exposure to nerve and muscle pathology by reviewing biopsies through joint neuromuscular & pathology conferences.
- 300-400 muscle biopsies reviewed per year.
- 50-100 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.
Work and Living Environment
Ann Arbor, MI is family friendly city renowned for its cultural offerings. Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan Health System, a leading clinical and research medical facility, ranked 6th in the annual US News and World Report. The departments of neurology & neurosurgery are ranked 8th in the US News and World Report. The department of neurology has a growing number of faculty in all major neurology sub-specialites and a large constituent of neurology residents.
Competitive Salaries and Benefits
The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and tremendous benefits to our residents/fellows. An overview of salary, benefits and employment eligibility is available on the GME Office website, under “Prospective Residents/Fellows”.https://medicine.umich.edu/medschool/education/residency-fellowship
Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship application requirements: CV, personal statement, 3 letters of recommendation (one of which is from a program director or chair), and an application.
Regarding visa issues, you must be one of the following: a US citizen, permanent resident (green card holder), or have a J-1 visa sponsored through ECFMG. We do not sponsor any other visas. All applications must be received by January 30th for the following fellowship year.