The McGaw Medical Center offers ACGME accredited Neuromuscular Medicine fellowship. Named after Ken and Ruth Davee, Neuromuscular Medicine fellowship is part of the Division of Neuromuscular Medicine. The fellowship offers comprehensive training in electrodiagnosis (EMG), muscle and nerve biopsy, and inpatient/outpatient management. Other highlights of the training program include:
- Fully equipped EMG and autonomic laboratory
- Muscle and nerve pathology laboratory
- DNA diagnostic laboratory
- MDA, ALS and Neuropathy clinics that meet weekly
- Opportunity to work with clinical and research protocols
- Potential for a second research year
- Number of annual appointments: two slots available: one for adult neuromuscular fellow and one for pediatric neuromuscular fellow
- Length of the program: One year
The Neuromuscular Medicine program is a structured 12 months educational experience combining electrophysiology, muscle and nerve pathology and clinical exposure to wide variety of neuromuscular disorders in adult and children. Teaching occurs through didactic programs and through direct supervision of residents in the Electrodiagnostic laboratory and with every patient encounter whether it is in the inpatient or outpatient setting.
Full time clinical faculty at the program sites supervises all aspects of the program. There is a graded progression of the resident responsibilities. Residents (fellows) interact with neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation residents during testing and clinical activities and they also have the opportunity to give didactic lectures to the neurology residents.
The aim of the fellowship is to provide neuromuscular disorder specialists with specialized knowledge in the science, clinical evaluation and clinical management of disorders of anterior horn cell, peripheral nerve, neuromuscular junction, and muscle. This includes knowledge of the pathophysiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment of these disorders at a level that is significantly beyond the training and knowledge expected of a general neurologist.
Educational goals of the program:
- Prepare the trainee for the independent evaluation and management of patients with neuromuscular disorders
- Prepare the trainee for the acquisition of specialized skills required for the diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders like performing and interpreting Electrodiagnostic studies and muscle and nerve biopsies.
- Understand the indications for Electrodiagnostic studies and for nerve and muscle biopsies and the role of these procedures in the diagnosis and management of patients with neuromuscular diseases
- Provide the foundation in basic science of neuromuscular disorders
- To assure increasing level of responsibility for patient management in a supervised environment
- To provide foundation for the scholarly activity
- These objectives will be achieved by developing competence in the following areas: Professionalism, patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, system based practice and practice learning and improvement.
Scholarly activity is highly encouraged. Protected time for research is carved into the weekly fellow schedule.
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The fellow must acquire appropriate skills in the interview and examination of patients (adult and children) with neuromuscular complaints in the inpatient and outpatient setting. knowledge of the appropriate laboratory investigation for diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders, knowledge of the differential diagnosis of the various clinical presentations of the anterior horn cell, nerve , neuromuscular junction and muscle problems and expertise in the management of these conditions.
Fellows will have the opportunity to evaluate patients in the three neuromuscular outpatient clinics: MDA, ALS and neuropathy clinics. Fellow will have ample experience with impatient neuromuscular disorders. Perform electrodiagnostic studies, perform and interpret muscle and nerve biopsies.
Fellows will also have a wide exposure to pediatric neuromuscular medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and to rehabilitation medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
Requirements & Eligibility
Completion of an ACGME accredited adult neurology, pediatric neurology or rehabilitation medicine residency
The application deadline is January 31, and interviews with take place between February and April. Application packets should include the following:
- Completed GME Application (Download the application)
- Personal Statement
- A copy of your state-of-residency (temporary or permanent) Medical License is required
- Copy of official USMLE Step/Scores I, II, and III
- Three letters of recommendations (One of the letters of reference should be from your neurology or child neurology program director)
Senda Ajroud-Driss, MD
Assistant Professor in Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology
Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Coordinator