Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship
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Welcome to the Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Whether you're interested in academic medicine or private practice, our exceptional one-year neuromuscular fellowship will prepare you for a distinguished, rewarding career as a physician and researcher. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), our rich and dynamic training program emphasizes evaluating and caring for adults and children with neuromuscular disorders in a variety of care settings.
Our fellows gain knowledge and understanding essential to the practice of neuromuscular medicine through a blend of didactic and clinical experiences that include, but are not limited to:
- Emphasis on learning and developing strong diagnostic, procedural and technical skills
- Electromyography (EMG) and nerve condition tests (NCT)
- Peripheral nerve and ultrasound
- Muscle, skin and nerve biopsy performance and interpretation
- Opportunities to observe, evaluate and manage inpatients and outpatients with a wide variety of disorders of the periphral nervous system
- Clinical research
After completing this training program, fellows will be prepared to take the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) exam with added qualification in neuromuscular medicine.
A Welcome Message From Our Program Director
Welcome to our flagship neuromuscular medicine (NMM) fellowship program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Since being founded by Mazen Dimachkie, M.D., in 2008, our premiere NMM training program prepares graduating fellows for a distinguished career in academic medicine and private practice.
The program is housed in the Department of Neurology, which is ranked among the national leaders in clinical care by U.S. News & World Report. Our NMM division is ground zero for NMM research. We have eight neuromuscular medicine board-certified faculty members at KU Medical Center and five affiliate faculty members at the Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center experienced in training fellows. Our continued focus on inpatient and outpatient clinical evaluations as well as on diagnostic, procedural, clinical, research and technical skills essential to the performance of neuromuscular medicine is reflected in both our didactic and diverse clinical experiences. As a result, we have received the best fellowship designation from the KU Medical Center Graduate Medical Education Office!
This fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and spans over one year. 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 at KU Medical Center, University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center and the University of Kansas Clinical Research Center provide opportunities to work with internationally renowned medical professional experts as well as assist patients with medically complex 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 schedule and applicant information. View 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 Dimachkie, M.D.
Program Director, Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship
The fellowship consists of five rotations.
A. NEUROMUSCULAR EVALUATION ROTATION (NMM Clinic)
- Three-month longitudinal rotation located in the Landon Center on Aging, Veterans Administration Medical Center and the University of Kansas Hospital.
- Fellows are involved in the evaluation and management of patients with a neuromuscular disease with close faculty supervision.
- During this rotation, the fellow is exposed to a wide variety of diseases in the outpatient and inpatient settings.
B. ELECTROMYOGRAPHY ROTATION (EMG Lab)
- Three-month longitudinal rotation located in the Landon Center on Aging and the Kansas City VA Medical Center.
- With close faculty supervision, fellows are involved in the supervised performance and interpretation of the following:
- Inpatient and outpatient electromyography
- Nerve conduction studies
- Single fiber EMG, IOM and autonomic nervous system testing
C. MUSCLE, NERVE AND SKIN PATHOLOGY ROTATION
- Two-month longitudinal rotation located in the Landon Center on Aging and Support Services Building.
- With close faculty supervision, fellows are involved in the performance and interpretation of tissue biopsies,
D. REHABILITATION MEDICINE ROTATION
- The Rehabilitation Medicine rotation is integrated in the two-month longitudinal exposure throughout neuromuscular rotations at the Landon Center on Aging.
- Fellows work in conjunction with a range of other professionals, including:
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech therapists
- Respiratory therapists
- A seating clinic specialist
- A respiratory health care representative
- A social worker from the multidisciplinary ALS Association and MDA clinics
E. NEUROMUSCULAR RESEARCH ELECTIVE ROTATION
- Two-month longitudinal rotation throughout the year located in the Landon Center on Aging and the Clinical Translational Science Unit (CTSU).
- Fellows are involved in the design, conduct and result interpretation of studies with close faculty supervision with direct longitudinal involvement throughout the year in all KU Medical Center investigator-initiated studies and in other neuromuscular research studies.
- During this rotation each fellow works in conjunction with the neuromuscular research faculty to gain knowledge in neuromuscular research trials; endpoint measures; and their applications, benefits and limitations.
During this training experience, we cover a variety of neuromuscular medicine topics using a combination of educational activities.
- Inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences
- Basic neuromuscular conferences
- EMG/neuromuscular disease conferences, such as:
- Autonomic testing
- Quantitative sensory testing
- Single fiber EMG
- Evidence-based Medicine
- Muscle, Nerve and Skin Biopsy Conference
- Journal Club
- Case Presentations
- Grand Rounds
Fellows also are expected to participate in the Introduction of Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Researchers and Introduction to Clinical Research courses offered through the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
- 7:30-8 a.m. - Neuromuscular Research Checklist meeting
- Conference call available
- 7-8 a.m. - Neuromuscular Lecture Series
- Zoom meeting
- Neuromuscular Journal Club
- Fellows and neuromuscular faculty present and critically review an article, analyze study design, statistical methods and conclusions using the principles of evidence-based medicine.
- 2nd Wednesday of each month
- Required attendance
- 7-8 a.m. - EMG Case Discussion
- 8-9 a.m. - EBM Lecture Series
- 7-8 a.m. - Case Presentations
- 8-9 a.m. - Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds
- Fellows present once a year
* Attendance is required.
The Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship's research elective is a one-to-two-month rotation located in the Landon Center on Aging located on KU Medical Center's main campus and the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) in Fairway.
Fellows are involved in designing, conducting and interpreting the results of studies with close faculty supervision. They also engage in research with direct longitudinal involvement throughout the year in all KU Medical Center investigator-initiated studies and other neuromuscular research studies. During this rotation, our fellows work in conjunction with our expert research faculty to gain knowledge in neuromuscular research trials, endpoint measures and their applications, benefits and limitations.
Fellows are required to participate in the four-week course, Introduction to Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Researchers, offered through FRONTIERS: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.
Fellows also are expected to become familiar with the following online courses and sources of information that are designed to help investigators understand clinical research and develop proposals/grant submissions for potential funding:
- Introduction to the Principals and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR). A lecture in real-time with archived videos available. The course runs from October-March and the previous year's course is available at any time.
- University of Iowa Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS). The Clinical Research Professionals Basic Certificate course is offered through ICTS Virtual University and provides a basic introduction to clinical research. Other courses on bioethics, genetics and pharmacology also are available. Participants are required to create an account and establish login information.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grants and Funding - About Grants. This site provides investigators with grant writing guidance, strategy and instruction.
- CTSpedia. This is a collaborative vehicle for the Clinical and Translation Science Awards (CTSA) Program's Biostatistics/Epidemiology/Research/Design (BERD) Online Resources and Education Task Force that identifies and shares resources across the national consortium with a worldwide community of researchers. BERD educational materials link to biostats course materials, searchable by keyword, format, audience, etc., submitted by many consortium institutions.
- NIH Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research. This resource provides full links to the course including syllabus, readings, videocasts and podcasts of lectures. Registration for the next year's course opens in the summer.
- CTSA Central Education and Training resources. This provides links to various resources at CTSA consortium institutions.
The goal of the K30 program is to develop clinician scholars with a strong foundation in patient-oriented research principles and methods. Benefits of program participation include:
- Formal training in research skills that can lead to a master's degree (Public Health or Clinical Research)
- Access to nationally recognized researchers via the Distinguished Visiting Scholars series
- Interaction with other researchers in the Clinical and Translational Research Seminar series
- Mentored research training experiences
- Access to biostatistical consultation, mentorship and funding opportunities
The program supports two levels of trainees - the novice and the transitional investigator. The program for the novice offers a structured learning process for trainees with demonstrated interest, but little training in patient-oriented research. The core of this experience is formal coursework. The program for the transitional investigator provides support for more advanced scholars who need mentoring and specific additional knowledge and skills. Participants have the option of completing a master's degree (MPH or MS-CR), but this is not required. Overall, the program is designed to increase the number of clinical scholars who receive funding from patient-oriented research at both the career development and individual investigator levels.
More about our department
In addition to a dedicated faculty nationally and internationally known for its expertise in a wide range of subspecialties, the Department of Neurology at KU Medical Center is among the national leaders in National Institutes of Health grant funding each year.
Our neuromuscular medicine faculty are thought leaders in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), peripheral neuropathies, neuromuscular junction disorders and myopathies. Visit our fellowship faculty page to learn more about our faculty and their expertise.
In addition, our neuromuscular division is home to one of the largest neuromuscular clinical trials units in North America, with research ongoing in virtually every neuromuscular disease. We also participate as a legacy site in NeuroNEXT, a network funded by the National Institutes of Health designed to fuel neuroscience clinical trials through partnerships with academia, private foundations and industry.
KU Medical Center partners with The University of Kansas Health System, a world-class academic medical center with locations throughout the Kansas City metro area, where our fellows train and our licensed, affiliated faculty provide excellent, nationally recognized clinical care.
To learn more about our department, visit our About Us page.
Gary S. Gronseth, M.D., FAAN
Chair, Department of Neurology
Mazen M. Dimachkie, M.D.
Professor and Director
Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Program
Mamatha Pasnoor, M.D., FAAN
Associate Director, Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Program
Omar Jawdat, M.D.
Associate Director, Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Program
Duaa Jabari, M.D.
Associate Director, Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Program