In addition to the department’s normal educational programs, there are two morning conferences each week devoted to the fellowship. The Monday neuromuscular conference includes lectures given by the fellow and faculty, journal club, neuromuscular case studies and review of interesting EMG cases. The goal is to develop awareness of the breadth of neuromuscular disease by providing exposure to problems that may not arise during a short one year training program.

The Wednesday morning reading conference is an informal conference where the fellow, faculty and CNP technicians meet to discuss assigned readings from Neuromuscular Disorders (Amato and Russell) and Electromyography and Neuromuscular Disorders (Preston and Shapiro). The expectation is that the fellow will be prepared to discuss the highlights of chapters with clarification and perspective offered from senior staff.

Muscle and nerve biopsy conferences occur monthly on a Wednesday organized by Dr. Ho and the Clinic’s neuropathologist, Dr. Christine Thomas.

Shown below are sample weekly schedule, sample educational schedule and schedules of both Monday and Wednesday conferences for 2020-2021 academic year.

Sample weekly schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM NM/MDA/ALS Clinic @ Lahey or Boston Children’s Pediatric EMG @ Boston Children’s  Adult EMG @ Lahey Adult EMG @ Lahey Adult EMG @ Lahey
PM NM/MDA/ALS Clinic @ Lahey or Boston Children’s

Other options (EEG, Botox)

Pediatric EMG  @ Boston Children’s Adult EMG @ Lahey Adult EMG or EEG  @ Lahey Adult EMG or EEG @ Lahey

NM – Neuromuscular

MDA – Muscular Dystrophy Association

ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Sample educational schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM Morning report Morning report  EMG reading conference 


Muscle biopsy conference

Morning report


Neurology Grand Rounds

Medicine Grand Round 
Noon Neuromuscular


Neurology residency academic half day


Monday Noon Neuromuscular Conference  

  • EMG case discussions
  • Readings from Preston Shapiro EMG textbook
  • Journal club
  • Didactic lectures from the attendings or fellow

Wednesday Morning reading conference

  • Electromyography and Neuromuscular Disorders (Preston and Shapiro)
  • Neuromuscular Disorders (Amato and Russell)
  • Muscle & Nerve biopsy


Michal Vytopil
Program Director
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Alanna Rizzitano
Program Coordinator
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If you are interested in hearing more about our program, please contact the program coordinator Alanna Rizzitano ([email protected]) or the program director ([email protected]).