About the Program

The neuromuscular fellowship provides advanced training in clinical neuromuscular medicine and electrodiagnostic testing for one fellow each year. Upon completion of the one-year program, the fellow will be skilled in evaluation, diagnosis and management of neuromuscular disorders such as neuron disease, neuromuscular junction disease, peripheral neuropathy and muscle diseases.  

The fellow will benefit from ample learning opportunities through both inpatient and outpatient clinical exposure, hands-on electrodiagnostic testing, research, conference attendance and the opportunity to work with a diverse faculty. 


Rotations occur at VCU Medical Center in downtown Richmond, the Neuroscience, Orthopedics, and Wellness (NOW) Center in Henrico and the Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR). The fellow will rotate through several academic neuromuscular clinics, the adult and pediatric muscular dystrophy clinics, the ALS clinic, and the EMG laboratories. The fellow will have adequate exposure to skin biopsy, muscle biopsy, nerve ultrasound and chemodenervation procedures and participate in clinical research studies.

A flexible structure provides a comprehensive experience that’s tailored specifically to the fellow’s educational interests and career goals, with additional exposure available in areas such as nerve ultrasound and chemodenervation 

How to Apply

One fellowship position is available each year.

One fellowship position is available each year. The department will begin accepting applications for the upcoming fellowship on Jan. 1, 2020 for a July 2021 start. The fellowship does not participate in any matching programs.

Please submit the following original application materials:

  • VCU Health Systems Graduate Medical Education general application
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with current e-mail address and phone number
  • Personal statement
  • Professional photograph
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Test scores
    • USMLE steps 1, 2 and 3 (passing scores – no minimum)
    • COMLEX-USA steps 1, 2 and 3 (if applicable)
    • CSA step 2CS (if applicable)
    • TOEFL (if applicable – minimum score of 600)
    • TWE (if applicable)
  • Notarized copy of ECFMG certificate
  • Notarized copy of visa (if applicable)
  • Letters of recommendation: A minimum of three U.S. or Canadian physicians who know the applicant’s clinical skills and have worked with the applicant during the past two years (must be originals; no electronic copies)

Send your application materials to:

VCU Department of Neurology                                                                      Dr. Kelly Graham Gwathmey, MD 
Atten: Fellowship Coordinator                                                                          Program Director & Chair
PO Box 980599                                                                                              Kelly.Gwathmey@vcuhealth.org
Richmond, VA 23298-0599

Prerequisite Training

Neuromuscular fellowship applicants must have completed an accredited residency program in neurology, child neurology or general psychiatry in the U.S. or Canada. For further information, please consult the ACGME and the ABPN.    
After acceptance and prior to joining the program, applicants must provide a list of rotations completed during prerequisite training. This document, on letterhead from the institution where training was completed, must arrive no later than July 15.