"The Brigham & Women's Hospital & Partners Neurology offer an ACGME accredited Clinical Neurophysiology training program. The BWH Clinical Neurophysiology program is a 1-year fellowship with 2 distinct tracks: Neuromuscular Disease & Epilepsy. The goals of both programs are to achieve equally clinical and electrophysiological competence. Our emphasis on the clinical aspects of these two distinct subspecialties is strong and we want our fellows to have the skills to provide outstanding clinical care as well as competence in performing electrophysiological studies. Fellows will be well prepared for careers in academic medicine or practice.
The Neuromuscular track accepts 2 fellows per year. Fellows will work closely with BWH faculty and Children's Hospital faculty. Training per week consists of 1 day of adult neuromuscular outpatient clinic, 1.5 days of EMG, .5 day of pediatric outpatient clinic and .5 day of pediatric EMG, both at Children's Hosp. and 1 day of combined clinical epilepsy and EEG. There is generally .5 day/week of unscheduled time, for research or other academic pursuits. Besides for clinical and EMG training, our fellows also receive training in: interpretation of evoked potentials, EMG guided botulinum toxin therapy of focal dystonias, and performance and interpretation of open muscle and nerve biopsies.
As an ACGME approved fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology, all fellows completing the fellowship are eligible to take the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) examination for Certification in the Subspecialty of Clinical Neurophysiology. Fellows in the Neuromuscular track are also eligible for the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM) examination. Fellows in the epilepsy track are similarly eligible for the American Board or Electroencephalography and Neurophysiology (ABEN) examination for certification in EEG.
Weekly didactic sessions include: Mon. noon outpatient conference, with persentation of a patient focused on neuromuscular disease at least 1 Mon./month, Wed. Clinical Neurophysiology conference, alternating between epilepsy and neuromuscular disease topics, and monthly neuromuscular pathology conference. In addition, fellows are encouraged to attend and participate in activities of the neurology department as a whole, which include Chief's Rounds on Tues., Housestaff Neuroscience course lectures on Wed. and Thurs., and Morbidity and Mortality rounds on Fri. The Brigham & Women's Hosp. neurology dept. is integrated with the Massachusetts General Hosp. neurology dept. as the Partners Neurology Program: conferences are jointly televised between BWH and MGH.
Opportunities for both clinical and basic science research are available within the neuromuscular division. Our research interests include: clinical trials in inclusion body myositis and myasthenia gravis, molecular studies of the classification and pathogenesis of myopathies through genomic technologies and related bioinformatics methods, and neuromuscular diesase and related informatics."