Neuromuscular Medicine and EMG/Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowships

Overview

The Stanford Neuromuscular Disorders Program offers:

  • Three fellowship positions in Neuromuscular Medicine (NMM)
  • One fellowship position in EMG/Clinical Neurophysiology (EMG/CNP)
     

All positions are ACGME-accredited. Application information is at the bottom of this page.

Both the NMM and EMG/CNP fellowships offer similar exceptional training in adult and pediatric neuromuscular disorders, EMG/NCS, neuromuscular ultrasound, neuropathology, and clinical applications of neurogenetics and neuroimmunology.  For pediatric neurologists, either fellowship can be designed with a significant pediatric focus.

The EMG/CNP fellowship year also incorporates two months of training in a separate area of neurophysiology. This may be Sleep/Polysomnography, EEG, or IOM. Training in Sleep/PSG can be arranged with a focus on neuromuscular sleep and respiratory management.

Visit Frequently Asked Questions for information about rotations, training sites, didactics, benefits, and life in the Bay Area.  

The compensation for Stanford housestaff is highly competitive. There are additional stipends to cover conference attendance, housing, moving expenses, cell phone fees, medical licensing, etc. Excellent comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage is provided for the entire family. Visit the GME website for information about salary and bonuses.

Clinical Training

Multidisciplinary Neuromuscular/MDA/ALS Clinics: Robust adult and pediatric clinics with support from the MDA, ALSA, PT, OT, RT, SLP, dietician, social worker, genetic counselor, and neuromuscular pulmonologist. Includes our Family Clinics, where related adults and children are seen together. 

Neuromuscular-Immunology Clinics: Focus on autoimmune conditions and clinical trials, with an integrated pharmacist and RT.

Neuromuscular Continuity Clinics: Fellows have primary responsibility for decision making and care coordination. Wide range of “bread and butter” cases and unusual presentations. 

Neurodiagnostic Lab: Wide range of EMG/NCS cases. Additional exposure to single fiber EMG; laryngeal EMG; and EMG evaluation of dystonia, myoclonus, and functional disorders.

Neuromuscular Ultrasound: For adult and pediatric nerve traumas and neuromuscular disorders. 

Inpatient Consultation and EMG Service: For adult and pediatric neuromuscular patients.

Electives: Opportunities for further study in autonomic testing, Botox injections, neurogenetics, nerve surgery, sleep and respiratory medicine, evoked potentials, and other related areas.

Clinical Trials: Fellows may participate in many groundbreaking clinical trials for genetic and autoimmune conditions.

Outpatient and Inpatient Training Sites

  • Stanford Neuroscience Health Center 
  • Stanford University Hospital
  • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
  • Forbes Norris ALS/MDA Clinic at California Pacific Medical Center (San Francisco)

Research

All fellows are expected to complete a clinical or QI/QA project.  They are encouraged to pursue additional opportunities for presentations and publications.  There are ample resources for clinical and laboratory research, and the potential for an additional 1-2 years of clinical and/or research training for fellows with specific interests. Past fellows have obtained funding through the Muscular Dystrophy Association and NIH/NINDS R25 program. There is an active and varied clinical trial program and fellows may participate in study visits and meetings.

Didactics

The robust didactic program focuses on cutting-edge topics.  Weekly sessions include:

  • Neuromuscular Lecture Series
  • EMG/NCS Didactics and Waveform Review
  • Neuropathology Didactics and Slide Review
  • Journal Club
  • Debate Club
  • Rapid-Fire Challenging Case Conference (CME-accredited)

Visit Frequently Asked Questions for information about rotations, training sites, didactics, benefits, and life in the Bay Area.

Applications

Questions?

Contact us with questions about the program, application process, and life in the Bay Area.

 

Neuromuscular Medicine (NMM) Fellowship

Applications may be submitted through the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) portal. Visit the AANEM site to learn more.

Our program is committed to abiding by the following fellowship application process:
Interview offers will not be made before March 1 of the year prior to the fellowship start date. Fellowship positions will not be offered before June 1 of the year prior to the fellowship start date. This timeline will allow trainees adequate time during residency to explore neuromuscular and EMG/NCS rotations and learn how they can benefit patients by specializing in these areas of medicine.  Violations of this will result in removal of our institution from the AANEM Neuromuscular Fellowship Portal.

For start date of July 1, 2022, Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship applications may be submitted through the portal on March 1, 2021. Interviews will take place from March through May and offers will be made after June 1, 2021.

 

EMG/Clinical Neurophysiology (EMG/CNP) Fellowship

Contact program director for details.

Fellowship Contacts

Fellowship Director:
Sarada Sakamuri, MD
sakamuri@stanford.edu

Associate Fellowship Director:
John W. Day, MD, PhD
jwday@stanford.edu

Program Coordinator:
Gayla Weng
gweng@stanford.edu