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Neuromuscular Medicine/EMG

Neuromuscular fellowship

The Duke Neurology Department is now seeking applicants for our fellowship in neuromuscular disease for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Our ACGME-approved fellowship in neuromuscular medicine provides trained neurologists with expertise in diagnosis and management of patients with peripheral nerve, neuromuscular junction, and muscle disorders.

The fellowship meets the certification requirements of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the requirements of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for added qualifications in neuromuscular medicine. A second year of advanced study is available by special arrangement.

"One of my favorite parts of working with our fellows is watching them become independent, skilled neuromuscular specialists over such a short period of time. I consider our fellows to be colleagues, not 'trainees,' and hope that I can inspire them to consider academic neuromuscular medicine as a career." - Lisa Hobson-Webb, MD

 

About the Program

The fellowship includes experiences in outpatient neuromuscular clinics and inpatient neuromuscular consultation. There is a major time commitment in the electromyography laboratory where fellows master standard electrodiagnostic techniques. Fellows may also learn advanced electromyographic techniques such as single-fiber electromyography.

In addition, fellows receive training in EMG-guided chemodenervation for the treatment of dystonia and spasticity. Training in neuromuscular ultrasound is also provided. Peripheral nerve and muscle pathology and genetics are reviewed in scheduled conferences.

There are opportunities for clinical research during the fellowship. A research project suitable for publication is strongly encouraged.

The Advanced Neuromuscular Fellowship Program

Fellows interested in additional training may continue their fellowship for a second year. This advanced fellowship program will allow participants to develop advanced electrodiagnostic skills including single-fiber EMG, quantitative motor unit potential analysis, and motor unit number estimation. In addition, opportunities will be available to collaborate in genetic, immunologic, and histopathologic investigations relating to neuromuscular disease.

A major focus of this advanced training is development of skill with issues of clinical trial design including population sample and study design methodology, data collection and management, and statistical analysis. The trainee will acquire a set of skills important for a successful academic career in neuromuscular medicine.

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