Neuromuscular Rotations

Neuromuscular Fellowship Program Rotations

July August September October November December
NM Rotation NM Rotation NM Rotation NM Rotation NM Rotation ALS/NM
January February March April May June
ALS/NM EMG/NCV EMG/NCV EMG/NCV Elect Elect

The NM (Neuromuscular) Rotation (5 mos.) experience is 70% outpatient and 30% inpatient (admits, consults) with weekly ½ day clinics in EMG/NCV, Muscle/Nerve biopsy reading, Pediatric Neuromuscular clinic, and Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) fellow’s clinic.

 

The outpatient experience occurs at the Department of Neurology,  Scurlock Towers, suite 802, a 36 examination room clinic with a separate nurse and physician workspaces, the internet, and computer services and resources, and clerical and medical support. Fellow will rotate with Dr. Ericka Simpson in morning clinics Monday through Thursday which includes both new and follow-up patients with a variety of neuromuscular disorders.

 

The inpatient experience includes the evaluation and treatment of the acute and critical neuromuscular patient under the supervision of Dr. Ericka Simpson. One fellow is assigned to one attending a month. The inpatient service is made up of a variety of cases including AIDP, Myasthenia gravis exacerbation/crisis, critical illness neuropathy and myopathy, rhabdomyolysis, acute respiratory failure associated with other neuromuscular disorders (dystrophy, ALS, inflammatory myopathies).

 

ALS/Neuromuscular Rotation

The  ALS/Neuromuscular (NM) Rotation(2 mos.) experience is also 70% outpatient and 30% inpatient (admits, consults) with weekly half-day clinics in EMG/NCV, Muscle/Nerve biopsy reading, Pediatric Neuromuscular clinic, and Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) fellow’s clinic.

 

The outpatient experience occurs on the outpatient workup unit located on the 11th floor of the West Pavilion of the Houston Methodist Hospital. The unit has 24 beds,  six chair infusion suite, a 4 bed EMG/NCV unit. Patients are referred for a 2-3 day outpatient evaluation, treatment plan or treatment predominantly under the supervision of Dr. Stanley H. Appel and a smaller proportion under Drs. Simpson and Pleitez. The patient population evaluated on the unit is made of a large number of ALS patients and other neuromuscular disorders including CIDP, diabetic neuropathy, myasthenia gravis, and dystrophies.

 

The inpatient experience also includes the evaluation and treatment of the acute and critical neuromuscular patient under the supervision of Dr. Ericka Simpson. One fellow is assigned to one attending a month. The inpatient service is made up of a variety of cases including AIDP, Myasthenia gravis exacerbation/crisis, critical illness neuropathy and myopathy, rhabdomyolysis, acute respiratory failure associated with other neuromuscular disorders (dystrophy, ALS, inflammatory myopathies).

 

EMG/NCV Rotation

The EMG/NCV Rotation is a three-month outpatient experience (including inpatient consults for EMG/NCV). It is located on the outpatient workup unit located on the 11th floor of the West Pavilion of the Houston Methodist Hospital. Fellows will be taught the basics of electrodiagnostic testing including safety, NCV, EMG, and RNS and its application in the diagnosis of motor neuron disorders, disorders of neuromuscular junction, myopathies, myotonic syndromes and disorders of muscle hyperexcitability, peripheral neuropathies, radiculopathies, and plexopathies under the guidance and supervision of Dr. David Rosenfield.

 

Fellows are provided two months for elective rotations which include PMR, Research, Muscle and Nerve Histopathology, or EMG/NC. The electives allow the resident to gain additional exposure and training to these subspecialties based on their interests and future career/academic goals. These rotation experiences are all located at the Houston Methodist Hospital under the guidance of the respective program faculty.

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