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Program Summary

The Neurology Department of the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in conjunction with Boston Children’s Hospital has provided fellowship training in EMG and neuromuscular disease for one neurologist annually since its inception in 1984. Since 1999, the Fellowship has been accredited by the ACGME and the Residency Review Committee in Neurology as a Clinical Neurophysiology training program. Acceptance requires successful completion of an ACGME accredited training program in adult or child neurology or equivalent, a personal interview and three letters of recommendation. Interviews take place in the spring, approximately 15 months prior to the start of the training year. Character and personal attributes, intellectual curiosity and compassionate patient care are highly valued.

The program maintains its focus on EMG and neuromuscular disease with the primary goal of training neuromuscular master clinicians and electromyographers, both in the adult and pediatric domains. We also provide EEG, evoked potential and autonomic studies training that will allow our fellows to be facile with the discipline of clinical neurophysiology in its entirety. Our one year program has been historically flexible in its attempts to be responsive to the individual needs of our fellows. Former fellows primarily hold academic, positions both nationally and internationally; some also are in private practice positions.

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington is a tertiary referral center located 15 miles northwest of Boston. The Neurology Department consists of 17 neurologists, seven of whom have neuromuscular expertise. These include Dr. Paul Gross, Dr. Gisela Held, Dr. Doreen Ho, Dr. Sui Li, Dr. James A. Russell, Dr. Jayashri Srinivasan, and Dr. Michal Vytopil. The EMG lab is staffed on a daily basis by three technicians and one of six rotating senior staff members. Clinical exposure is provided in Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic and ALS Clinic on Mondays. Additionally, the Fellow evaluates one neuromuscular patient daily on the three days they are in the adult EMG lab (Wednesday to Friday). The Neurology Department at Lahey is an integral member of the Tufts Neurology Residency training program. Each Tufts neurology resident spends seven weeks of their PGY-3 year in the Lahey EMG lab and the fellow is involved in their teaching.

Boston Children’s Hospital is located in the Longwood area of Boston and is one of the flagship hospitals of Harvard Medical School. All fellows spend Tuesdays in the Boston Children’s EMG lab. Child neurologists have the opportunity to spend one to two Mondays a month in the Boston Children’s MDA clinic with Dr. Basil Darras, and Dr. Partha Ghosh.

The fellow is expected to participate in research projects that are initiated during their fellowship year, e.g. an article, chapter, poster presentation at national meeting or research project. The fellow is expected to sit for the ABPN added qualifications in CNP board exam subsequent to the completion of the fellowship.