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Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship

The McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University offers a one-year, ACGME-accredited Neuromuscular Medicine fellowship that provides comprehensive training in electrodiagnosis (EMG), muscle and nerve biopsy and inpatient/outpatient management.

See the Department of Pediatrics site for information on the Pediatric Neuromuscular Fellowship.

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 Education

The Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Program is a structured, 12-month 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. Fellows interact with neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation residents during testing and clinical activities and 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

  • 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
  • Assure increasing level of responsibility for patient management in a supervised environment
  • 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.

 Research

Scholarly activity is highly encouraged. Protected time for research is carved into the weekly fellow schedule.

 Clinical Experience

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. 

Fellows will have the opportunity to evaluate patients in the MDA, ALS and neuropathy neuromuscular outpatient clinics. Fellows will have ample experience with impatient neuromuscular disorders, perform electrodiagnostic studies and 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 Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

 Diversity & Inclusion

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. We encourage a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.

For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity, please see the Northwestern McGaw Underrepresented Residents & Fellows Forum and Feinberg School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

 Requirements

Completion of an ACGME-accredited adult neurology, pediatric neurology or rehabilitation medicine residency is required.

 How to Apply

This year, for the first time, Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowships will be participating in online applications submitted via the AANEM. It's a new system, and it is set to open on January 1. We will be participating.

Learn more.

 Why Northwestern?

Housestaff training through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago. Learn more via the links to the McGaw website below.

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Meet our Current Fellows

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Gyeongmo Sohn, MD

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Matias Lopez Chacon, MD

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Rachel Bass, MD

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Senda Ajroud-Driss, MD

Fellowship Program Director, Neuromuscular Medicine

neuromuscular disease, education

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Erin van Bladel

Fellowship Coordinator

education

e-vanbladel( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-2849
312-908-5073
710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Abbott 1105

Physician-Scientist Training & Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and formal training programs to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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