Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship
NYU Langone’s Division of Neuromuscular Medicine offers an American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)–accredited one-year neuromuscular medicine fellowship. Our neuromuscular fellowship provides comprehensive training in an intellectually stimulating environment where inquiry is encouraged and clinical skills expertly honed. Here, fellows gain expertise in diagnosing and treating disorders of peripheral nerve, muscle, neuromuscular junction, and anterior horn cell.
Under the direction of Elina Zakin, MD, fellows become adept at the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for adults and for children. Our large neuromuscular faculty provides training in various specialties, including genetic diagnostics and therapeutics; neuromuscular ultrasound; immunological treatments; nerve, muscle, and skin neuropathology; and rehabilitation. Training also includes extensive clinical exposure to neuromuscular clinical patient care and to a broad range of electrodiagnostic techniques, including electromyography (EMG) in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
Fellows rotate through weekly multidisciplinary neuromuscular Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) clinic, which includes robust adult and pediatric clinical exposure with support from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. A weekly neuromuscular continuity clinic rotation allows fellows to have primary responsibility for decision-making and care coordination, under faculty supervision, where cases range from ‘bread and butter’ to unusual presentations.
Incoming fellows begin the program in July on the first day of the academic calendar year. Before orientation, materials are made available to assist you with scheduling medical record system training. A full day of orientation is provided to ensure understanding of rotation-related procedures and expectations. This is followed by an educational Peripheral Neuroanatomy Boot Camp series, which takes place over the course of several lectures in the first month, during which time you are excused from clinical obligations.
Our boot camp series is an intensive course which introduces the fellow to the basics of peripheral neuroanatomy, muscle localization and EMG instrumentation and interpretation. This series helpd to prepare you as you begin your fellowship year, and serves as a supplement to the curriculum lectures provided across the year.
All fellows are provided access to our extensive electronic PDF library of selected neuromuscular and neurophysiology-related articles that is available on a shared network drive. This library is an excellent resource, and fellows are highly encouraged to read the literature throughout the academic year. In addition, orientation materials featuring general policy and procedures are all located online for convenience.
At the end of the fellowship, graduates meet requirements to take certification examinations, including the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology exam in neuromuscular medicine and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine exam in electrodiagnostic medicine.
Conferences, Didactics, and Research
Neuromuscular fellows attend regularly scheduled didactic, clinical case, and journal club conferences, with a broad range of topics covered across the year. Under attending physician supervision, scheduled conferences include:
- weekly neurophysiology didactic course, focusing on basic and advanced EMG technique and various neuromuscular disorders
- monthly neuropathology conference
- monthly Journal Club
- monthly neuromuscular clinical and pathology conference
- neurology departmental conferences
- weekly Neurology Grand Rounds
- weekly Pediatric Neurology Grand Rounds
- quarterly neurology department morbidity mortality conference
An annual American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) in-service examination for both neuromuscular medicine and electrodiagnostic medicine is administered. Before the examination, fellows have a full day dedicated review session prepared by faculty.
Under faculty mentorship, fellows are encouraged to participate in quality improvement and research projects. These activities may be conducted in collaboration with other fellows and trainees. Funding is provided to attend a national meeting.
How to Apply
To apply for the 2023–2024 and subsequent academic years, applications are being accepted through the AANEM’s Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Portal. We will be reviewing applications beginning March 1, 2022 and interviewing in Spring 2022.
Due to travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews will be conducted virtually, with match result notifications made on June 1, 2022.