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Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship

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The Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a one-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits one fellow per year.

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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 in the Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship is a major goal of the faculty. The department takes pride in its role as part of a university teaching hospital and gives teaching a high priority. Faculty believe that medicine is both a science and an art, and 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.

The curriculum is built around active patient-care experiences. These experiences are the intellectual backbone of neurology. Since this process can best be taught by demonstration, the program encourages 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 eight full-time attending staff members to one fellow allows ample opportunity for one-on-one teaching. The program’s size provides the ability to tailor the fellowship to meet specific requirements and situations.

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General Application Information

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.

The program will be participating in the fellowship application timeline in conjunction with the AANEM/AAN. Residents will be able to apply for available fellowship beginning March 1, 2021. The Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will be offering interviews from March through May 2021. Offers will be made after June 1, 2021.

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Updated CV
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from the residency program director)

Materials may be submitted by mail to:

Sankar Bandyopadhyay, MD
Fellowship Program Director
Department of Neurology, EC037
30 Hope Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033

Materials may be submitted electronically via this secure Box link.

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Visa Requirements

Applicants must be one of the following:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A permanent resident (green card holder)
  • The holder of a J-1 visa sponsored through ECFMG

The institution does not sponsor any other visas.

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  • More than 1,300 faculty members and more than 650 residents and fellows
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Penn State Health celebrates, embraces and supports the diversity of all patients, faculty, staff, students and trainees.

In keeping with this, the institution has an active Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with various programs, networks and resource groups, including:

  • Regular talks and lectures on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Periodic town halls on topics such as eradicating racism and creating a culture of inclusiveness
  • An allyship support group
  • Many affinity resource network groups, including:
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    • Group on Women in Medicine and Science
    • Interfaith Affinity Resource Network Group
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