Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Department of Neurology

Longitudinal Experiences

Fellows have weekly, quarterly, or monthly clinic experiences throughout the year of training

Fellows will spend two afternoons a week in the EMG/NCV Lab learning and performing EMG/NCV under the supervision of David Rosenfield, MD , Milvia Pleitez, MD, and Ron Tintner, MD.

Fellows will spend one-half afternoon a week in the Muscle and Nerve Histopathology Lab reading nerve, skin, muscle biopsy slides under the supervision and training of Milvia Pleitez, MD and Suzanne Powell, MD.

Fellows will attend a monthly Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic under the supervision of Jenny Lai, MD to evaluate and treat patients with neuromuscular disorders (SMA, dystrophy, ALS, CMT, CIDP, and  post-polio).

Fellows will rotate one half day a month at the Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic at the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital of the University of Texas HSC at Houston under the guidance of Pedro Mancias, MD to evaluate and manage a variety of neuromuscular disorders in children. Fellows will rotate two half day a month with Pedro Mancias, MD at the Hermann Professional Building of the University of Texas HSC at Houston to gain experience and training performing Pediatric EMG/NCV studies on pediatric neuromuscular cases.

The fellow will attend a quarterly Myotonic Dystrophy Multidisciplinary Clinic to evaluate and manage mytonic dystrophy patients under the supervision of Drs. Simpson and Pleitez.

Fellows will attend a monthly resident Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic and provide supervision and teaching to neurology residents. Fellows will work along and under the supervision of Drs. Simpson and Pleitez.

Fellows will have a Fellow MDA clinic one half day weekly to treat and evaluate patients with a variety of neuromuscular disorders. Fellows will follow these patients throughout their year of training with the supervision and guidance of Drs. Simpson and/or Pleitez.

Fellows will have one half day a week dedicated to research activities throughout the year of training. Fellows will be expected to complete a research project prior to completing the program. Research can involve clinical, translational, or basic science research. The project or study can involve the study of a specific disease, diagnostic approach, pathogenesis, therapeutic advances, and epidemiological investigation. The fellow’s project must be approved by the program director at initiation of training. The fellow must have a mentor(s) that will be expected to provide guidance, supervision and evaluation of the fellow’s productivity, performance, and scholarly competence.

Fellows may also request 1-2 months elective time dedicated to research activities. Prior to graduation, it is expected that the fellow will have sufficient data to submit the work for publication and/or presentation at national or international meetings.