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. 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.


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 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and be ABPN board eligible or certified. This program sponsors only visas of type ECFMG - J1.

Application Process

We require three letters of recommendation, including one from the Director of the candidate’s most recent training program. Interviews are granted throughout the year. This program sponsors only visas of type J1.

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)
  • An email mention of visa status (only J-1 visas sponsored by ECFMG are accepted)

Application Deadlines

For anyone interested in a July 1, 2019 start we request application materials in the early winter of their PGY3 year of residency.

Please address all correspondence to Cathie Witzel, Coordinator, Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship and send in one of two ways:

1. Scanned and emailed to our coordinator, Cathie Witzel, at If emailing your materials please do NOT include your date of birth or SSN.

Melissa Cook, PGY-5

FellowHometown: Brookfield, WI

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Residency School: San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neuromuscular Neurology Program:  Excited for diverse specialty offerings within the heart of the Midwest

What are your plans after fellowship: Two more years of military service

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Anything outdoors in the summer, including the State Fair!

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: My family dog growing up was on America's Funniest Home Videos

If you weren't a physician, you would be: Teacher/Athletic coach