Neuromuscular Fellowship

The Department of Neurology at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center offers a one-year neuromuscular fellowship, led by Kathleen Pearson, M.D., and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Those who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Added Qualification in Neuromuscular Medicine Exam offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

About the Program

The overall education goals of this training program are to help fellows develop an understanding of the role of clinical neuromuscular Medicine in the comprehensive care of patients in inpatient, outpatient, and acute care settings. Fellows are provided with extensive clinical/technical experience in the performance of clinical neuromuscular examinations, and trained in the clinical evaluation and management of patients with neuromuscular diseases. Fellows are intended to achieve proficiency in performing and interpreting electromyographic and nerve conduction studies (EMG), and understanding the relevance of EMG in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders. They are expected to learn the skill of reporting results to other professionals and to patients in understandable language and with sensitivity for the meaning of these results.

The training program provides opportunities to develop knowledge, clinical skills, and professional attitudes that result in the best possible patient care. We expect our fellows to be motivated self-learners who actively participate in their own educational plan under the supervision of our faculty. Fellows will develop growing competence in clinical service, consultation, teaching, and research.

Sample rotation schedule

The VCU Department of Neurology operates on a 13-block rotation schedule; each block is four weeks in duration.

Neuromuscular Clinics/EMG 12 blocks
Elective 1 block

How to Apply

One fellowship position becomes available beginning July 1st each year. We will begin accepting applications beginning January 1, 2020 for a July 2021 start. The fellowship does not participate in any matching programs.

Please submit the following original application materials: 

-a VCUHS Graduate Medical Education general application 

-curriculum vitae with e-mail address, and phone number 
-personal statement 
-official medical school transcript 
-test scores - USMLE Step 1, 2 and 3 or COMLEX 1, 2 and 3 - must be an original score report
-Notarized copy of Medical School diploma
-3 letters of recommendation 
-Notarized copy of ECFMG certificate - if applicable
-Legible notarized copy of applicant Visa - if applicable

Send original applications to:

VCU Department of Neurology
Attn: Jennifer Rew, Fellowship Coordinator
PO Box 980599
Richmond, VA 23298-0599

Letters of recommendation

A minimum of three letters dated within one year are required. Recommenders must be U.S. or Canadian physicians who know the applicant’s clinical skills and abilities, and have worked with the applicant during the past two years. All letters must be originals. Electronic copies will not be accepted.


Test Scores

Fellowship applicants must send all applicable test scores noted below: 

  • USMLE Step 1, Step 2, Step 2 CS and Step 3. (passing scores - no minimum) 
  • COMLEX, if applicable 
  • TOEFL — score must be at least 600 
  • CSA/Step 2CS, if applicable 
  • TWE, if applicable 
  • Copy of ECFMG Certificate, if applicable


VCU only sponsors J-1 visas.


Prerequisite Training

Applicants to the neuromuscular fellowship must have successfully completed a residency program in neurology, child neurology or general psychiatry accredited in the U.S. or Canada. For further information, please visit the ACGME and ABPN websites.

After acceptance, but prior to joining the neuromuscular fellowship program, applicants are required to provide a list of the rotations completed during prerequisite training. This must be received no later than July 15 and must appear on letterhead from the institution where prerequisite training was completed.