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. 

Notice: We have expanded the Neuromuscular Fellowship Program and have one more position open for the 2021-2022 year, with a July 1, 2021 start date. Interested applicants should continue to use the old method of applying, under the “How to Apply” section, but moving forward all applications will be accepted through the AANEM Portal starting in 2021.

Click on the link to learn more about the Division of Neuromuscular Medincine and its 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.

Thank you for your interest in the VCU Neurology Department's Neuromuscular Fellowship Program.

Two fellowship positions are available each year.

The department is currently accepting applications for one fellowship position for July 2021. All interested applicants, please follow the steps for applying below.

Notice: The department will begin accepting fellowship applications for the 2022-2023 year on March 2021 via the AANEM portal. This fellowship program 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)

Please send application materials to:

VCU Department of Neurology
Attn: Judy Gutierrez
Box 980599
Richmond, VA 23298-0599 

Neuromuscular fellowship applicants must have completed an accredited residency program in neurology, child neurology or physical medicine and rehabilitation 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. 

If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Judy Gutierrez, Fellowship Coordinator
Email: Judith.Gutierrez@vcuhealth.org
Phone: (804) 828-4615

Kelly Gwathmey, MD, Program Director & Chair
Email: Kelly.Gwathmey@vcuhealth.org
Phone: (804) 360-4669

Sara Holt, Administrative Assistant for the Division of Neuromuscular Medicine
Email: Sara.Holt@vcuhealth.org
Phone: (804)-828-3747

Kelsey Satowiak, MD

VCUSOM Message from the Dean - Kelsey Satkowiak

Kelsey Satowiak, MD

Received M.D. from Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, 2016
Completed Neurology Residency at UVA Health System, 2020

"I chose Virginia Commonwealth University for the fellowship because it offers a very strong training program and is a great place to live. Every day, I have the opportunity to work with experts in muscle and nerve conditions. The mentorship I receive from the division is remarkable and there is no shortage of research or educational projects to get involved with. Beyond the Neuromuscular Division, the entire Neurology Department has gone above and beyond to make me feel welcome during this year of training. After work, I love to explore Richmond- a city full of culture, history, and great food. I am extremely happy with my choice to train here and would be happy to answer any questions about my experience!"

Zachary Ward, MD

VCUSOM Message from the Dean - Zachary Ward

Zachary Ward, MD

Future Neuromuscular Medicine Fellow - July 2021

Department of Neurology

Received M.D. from University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine, 2017
Currently completing Neurology Residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center