Our ACGME-accredited Neuromuscular Medicine (NM) Fellowship is a one-year program providing comprehensive training in diagnosis and management of neuromuscular disorders with a strong emphasis on electrodiagnostic training and expertise. There is an optional second year for training in research and to expand clinical expertise in specific NM disorders. Our program offers training in adult and pediatric neuromuscular medicine. Interested applicants can seek training on either track.
Fellows rotate through ambulatory clinics at UT Southwestern, Parkland, Children's Health, and VA Medical Center. A typical schedule includes E/M clinic in the morning and NCS/EMGs in the afternoons. Fellows also receive training in autonomic testing, single fiber EMG, skin biopsy, and interpretation of nerve and muscle biopsies. At the end of one year of training, the fellows are competent in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with NM diseases, the performance and interpretation of NCS/EMGs, and basic interpretation of muscle and nerve biopsies. Upon completion of the fellowship, our fellows are eligible to sit for Neuromuscular Medicine Subspecialty board conducted by the ABPN and the Electrodiagnostic Medicine board (ABEM).
The Neuromuscular division is involved in a number of research projects, including ALS, SMA, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy, autonomic neuropathy, myasthenia gravis, inclusion body myositis, and others. Additionally, UTSW is one of six NIH-funded Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Centers in the country. This grant includes a training core for which the NM fellowship director, Jaya Trivedi, is the PI. One of the goals of this training core is to provide NM fellows an opportunity to perform research in muscular dystrophies. Under this mechanism, the fellows can apply for research grants during their fellowship training.
Our fellows participate in several didactics:
- Weekly NM lectures
- Weekly EMG review conference
- Monthly NM journal club Biweekly neuropathology conference
- Weekly departmental Grand Rounds
In addition, our NM section organizes the annual Carrell-Krusen Neuromuscular Symposium, a widely attended national conference. The fellows have an opportunity to present their research findings at this symposium and also at the annual AAN and AANEM meetings.
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We use the AANEM Neuromuscular Fellowship Portal to recruit fellows. Interested candidates may submit their applications on this portal starting January 1 the year prior to their anticipated fellowship. Interviews are conducted upon receipt of the applications. Match results are announced through the portal on June 1.