Neuromuscular Medicine

Welcome to the University of Minnesota Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Program. We offer an ACGME-accredited one-year Fellowship position, starting in July of each academic year. Our goal is to successfully train the next generation of Neuromuscular Medicine specialists, who will advance the field, either as future academic leaders, or expert clinicians in private practice settings. To accomplish this goal, our program focuses on the six core ACGME competencies tailored to the special nuances of Neuromuscular Medicine.

Program Highlights

Features that distinguish our program include:

  • Diversity in clinical training. Fellows rotate with a total of 7 full-time Neuromuscular Medicine Faculty members at 3 Clinic locations and 3 EMG labs with diverse patient populations: University of Minnesota Medical Center, Hennepin Healthcare (HCMC), and Minneapolis VA Hospital.
  • Emphasis on multidisciplinary/team-based approach to management of neuromuscular diseases. Fellows rotate in dedicated multidisciplinary MDA clinics in adult muscle disease, pediatric muscle disease, Charcot Marie Tooth, and two ALSA-certified ALS Clinics in town.
  • Opportunity to learn how to perform AND interpret muscle, nerve, and skin biopsies, all by Neurology Faculty.
  • Hands-on experience in autonomic studies, in a state-of-the-art autonomic laboratory (HCMC), and neuromuscular ultrasound (University of Minnesota).
  • Dedicated 1-week rotations in neuromuscular genetics and physical medicine/rehabilitation.
  • Opportunities to participate in clinical research in ALS, muscular dystrophy, CMT, and CIDP.

Requirements and Applications Processes & Procedures

Eligible candidates must have passed USMLE/COMLEX Step 3, successfully completed a residency program in either adult or pediatric neurology or physical medicine and rehabilitation accredited by the ACGME or the RCPSC, and be ABPN board eligible or certified.

This program sponsors only J1 visas.

Qualified applicants should submit the following:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty/mentors on letterhead, with signature, including one from the Director of the candidate’s most recent training program
  • A personal statement of interest in the UMN-NMM fellowship program
  • A copy of the USMLE or COMLEX official score report(s)
  • A copy of current ECFMG certificate (for International Medical Graduates)
Application Deadlines

The Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Program is participating in a match through the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM). Please apply through AANEM's Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Portal by March 1st. Applications will be reviewed in March and competitive candidates will be invited to interview shortly thereafter. Please contact the fellowship coordinator with questions.

Neurology Resident Nick Purcell

Nick Purcell, MD - PGY5

Dr. Georgios Manousakis

Program Director

Georgios Manousakis, MD

Patrick Puskala

Program Coordinator

Patrick Puskala, MEd

Verification of Training

To verify a former fellow's training at the University of Minnesota, please email Cathie Witzel (