Welcome to the neuromuscular medicine fellowship program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Our well-established programs in neuromuscular medicine and clinical neurophysiology prepare fellows for distinguished careers in academic and private practice medicine. Our continued focus on clinical research, inpatient and outpatient clinical evaluations, diagnostic, procedural and technical skills essential to the performance of neuromuscular medicine is reflected in both our didactic and clinical experiences.
Our department is ranked among the national leaders in clinical care and research. U.S. News and World Report ranked our clinical neurosciences 22nd in the nation, and we are 26th in the country in National Institutes of Health funds received. Our Neuromuscular Research Center is the largest neuromuscular clinical trials unit in North America, with research in virtually every rare neuromuscular disease. Our Alzheimer's Disease Center is one of 32 national centers designated by the National Institute on Aging. Our Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center is a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence, one of only 26 in the United States. Our department also participates in the NeuroNEXT program, a National Institutes of Health network for neuroscience clinical trials, an elite group of 25 centers in the country.
Since Dr. Richard Barohn became chairman of our department in 2001, we have grown dramatically. We are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to train four clinical neurophysiology fellows and two neuromuscular medicine fellows. With new clinical faculty joining our department, our faculty ranks have grown to more than 40 clinical faculty members on our main campus, and nearly 20 clinical faculty members in our associated training sites.
This is an ACGME-accredited fellowship that spans one year at the University of Kansas Medical Center. We offer a variety of experiences in many different settings. The experience includes opportunities to observe, evaluate and manage inpatients and outpatients of all ages with a wide variety of disorders of the nervous system and muscles, as well as to learn the effectiveness of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Experiences at the Landon Center on Aging, the Kansas University Hospital, Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Clinical Research Center provide opportunities to work with internationally renowned medical professional experts as well as assist patients with medical problems. Neurologists successfully completing the program, once certified in neurology, will be eligible for certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in neuromuscular medicine.
We encourage you to take a look around. Meet our current and prior fellows. Look at the fellow rotations and educational programs.Take a peek at our handbook. See what Kansas City has to offer. We hope you like what you find. We believe our program will prepare fellows for careers in private practice as well as academic settings. We look forward to working with you this year!
Mazen M. Dimachkie, MD, FAAN, FANA
Professor of Neurology & Director of Neuromuscular Division
Vice Chair for Research Program, Department of Neurology