Neuromuscular medicine is a sub-discipline of neurology that includes abnormalities of the motor neuron, nerve roots, plexus, peripheral nerves, neuromuscular junction, and muscle. Specialists in Neuromuscular disorders possess specialized knowledge in the science, clinical evaluation, or clinical management of disorders of the peripheral nervous system. This encompasses knowledge of the pathophysiology, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of these disorders at a level that is significantly beyond the training and knowledge expected of a general neurologist.
The Department of Neurology is committed to excellence in patient care and clinical teaching services. To that end, the training of an EMG/neuromuscular fellow is a major goal of our faculty. We take pride in our role as a university teaching hospital and give teaching a high priority. We believe that medicine is both a science and an art, and we recognize that a rational scientific approach to patient treatment and care must be coupled with respect, empathy, and a concern for both patient and family.
We build our curriculum around active patient-care experiences. These experiences are the intellectual backbone of neurology. Since this process can best be taught by demonstration, we encourage one-on-one teaching opportunities between faculty and fellow. It is in such settings that fellows become colleagues. Attending physicians are always available to discuss patient-care issues and serve as guides in the process of fellowship training. The high ratio of 8 full-time attending staff members to 1 fellow allows ample opportunity for one-on-one teaching. Our size gives us the advantage of tailoring the fellowship to meet specific requirements and situations. At Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, we will train one fellow a year. The fellowship is formally accredited by the ACGME. The length of the fellowship is one year.
Before starting a fellowship, the candidate will have successfully completed an ACGME approved residency program in Neurology. The candidate must be board eligible or board certified in Neurology.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, updated CV, and three letters of recommendation (one must be from the residency program director) to:
Aiesha Ahmed, MD
Fellowship Program Director, Department of Neurology
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Department of Neurology, EC037
30 Hope Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: (717) 531-0003 ext.283934
Fax: (717) 531-0384
Regarding visa issues, you must be one of the following: a US citizen, permanent resident (green card holder), or have a J-1 visa sponsored through ECFMG. We do not sponsor any other visas. All applications must be received by March 10th for the July 2015 fellowship position. We are planning to interview on Friday, March 21st, 2014.
The Hershey community is a wonderful and safe place to live, work, and play. It offers fellows and their family members a wide range of cultural events, recreational facilities, superior schools and undergraduate institutions, and professional employment opportunities.
We understand that choosing a fellowship can be both difficult and exciting. We want to provide you with the information you need to make an informed choice.