Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship

The University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Neurology, Section of Neuromuscular Medicine, is recruiting one trainee for its accredited subspecialty fellowship in Neuromuscular Medicine (NMM). This one-year program prepares graduates for academic, professional and independent community practice, as well as for American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) certification. The graduate is expected to complete the NMM board examination of the ABPN within 3 years of graduation.

We offer outstanding clinical and didactic training under seven neuromuscular medicine certified physicians at University, County, and VA hospitals. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul offer outstanding quality of life and excellent recreational and cultural opportunities.

Trainees will work in Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)-supported dedicated clinics in adult and pediatric muscle disease, ALS, CMT, and myasthenia gravis, in addition to general neuropathy and neuromuscular clinics. Trainees will participate in electrodiagnostic studies, neuromuscular ultrasound, and muscle, nerve, and skin biopsy interpretation, and will become familiar with next generation sequencing and neuromuscular research.



All fellows are required to complete at least one research project during the year and will be expected to present their findings at the year-end fellowship symposium in May.


Conferences are listed in the program manual and a schedule can be obtained from the fellowship coordinator. All fellows are expected to attend case and didactic conferences that take place weekly. Detailed information about conferences will be provided during fellowship orientation.

Duration of Fellowship: 1 year

Number of Fellows per Year: One - Two

Start Date: July 1, 2016 or off cycle

Application deadline: ongoing


This fellowship joins the University of Minnesota Medical School / Department of Neurology's other graduate training programs that have continuously graduated neurology and subspecialty trainees since the 1940s. Among the significant strengths of our programs are (i) the range and depth of the clinical experience provided at several teaching hospitals; (ii) the devotion of the full-time faculty at each of these hospitals to teaching, patient care and scholarship; and (iii) the focus on both clinical and basic research in the midst of a first-rank neuroscience community.

Neuromuscular Faculty

Katie Esse, MD (HCMC)
Gaurav Guliani, MD (HCMC)
Peter Karachunski, MD (UMMC)
Michael Leffler-McCabe, MD (VA)
Adam Loavenbruck, MD (UMMC)
Georgios Manousakis, MD (UMMC)
Gregg Meekins, MD (VA)
Ezgi Tiryaki, MD (HCMC)
David Walk, MD, Program Director (UMMC)


Eligible candidates must have passed USMLE/COMLEX Step 3, successfully completed a residency program in either adult or pediatric neurology or physical medicine and rehabilitation accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and be ABPN board eligible or certified. This program sponsors only visas of type ECFMG - J1.

Application Procedure

We require three letters of recommendation, including one from the Director of the candidate’s most recent training program. Interviews are granted throughout the year. This program sponsors only visas of type J1.

Qualified applicants should submit the following:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty/mentors on letterhead, with signature, including one from the Director of the candidate’s most recent training program
  • A personal statement of interest in the UMN-NMM fellowship program
  • A copy of the USMLE or COMLEX official score report(s)
  • A copy of current ECFMG certificate (for International Medical Graduates)
  • An email mention of visa status (only J-1 visas sponsored by ECFMG are accepted and/or sponsored)

Application deadlines
For anyone interested in an off-cycle start we request application materials 3-4 months in advance. For anyone interested in a July 1, 2019 start we request aplication materials in the early winter of their PGY3 year of residency.

Please address all correspondence to Cathie Witzel, Coordinator, Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship and send in one of two ways:
1.Scanned and emailed to our coordinator, Cathie Witzel, at witz0007.umn.edu. If emailing your materials please do NOT include your date of birth or SSN.
2.Faxed, Attn: Cathie Witzel, to 612-625-7950.

Contact Information
Rossi Cannon, Fellowship Coordinator
Email: bist0009@umn.edu
Phone: 612-626-0914
FAX: 612-625-7950, Attn: Rossi Cannon

Contact Information
Heather Libbey Ogren, Associate Administrator
Email: hlogren@umn.edu
Phone: 612-625-5993
FAX: 612-625-4195, Attn: Heather Ogren

Competitive applicants will be invited to visit the University of Minnesota for an interview with the program director and selected faculty members.

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