Newswise — ROCHESTER, Minn. - On January 1, 2021, the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) launched the Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Portal. The new portal makes it easier than ever for physicians interested in a neuromuscular (NM) fellowship to apply, and for Training Program Directors to make offers.
“The portal allows programs to showcase their strengths and educational opportunities, and creates a convenient hub for applicants to review and compare their options,” said Dr. Zachary London, chair of the NM Medicine Fellowship Portal Committee.
The system grew out of conversations NM Training Program Directors were having about how to create a system that was fair to both the residents and the programs seeking to attract candidates in NM medicine.
“Having a uniform application management system will streamline the process for both applicants and programs,” Dr. London said.
The portal includes NM fellowships from 52 institutions all across the United States. Residents have been able to submit applications since January 1. Institutions will be able to start reviewing applications on March 1.
“One of the goals of the portal is to help standardize the fellowship application timeline for NM medicine and participating CNP programs,” said Dr. London. “Knowing that their applications will not be reviewed until March 1 of PGY3 year, residents will have time to fully explore different outpatient-focused fields like NM medicine or neurophysiology before rushing into a decision about what fellowship to pursue. I think that will attract more residents to our field and allow them to have valuable clinical and research experiences before their interviews start.”
Offer letters will start going out on June 1.
“By releasing offers for positions no sooner than June 1, the portal will also make sure that applicants have enough time to explore all programs in which they may be interested in before having to pick one. They will not be rushed into accepting an offer at a program on the day of their interview,” Dr. London said.
Dr. London believes the NM Medicine Fellowship Portal will have a positive impact for both residents and training programs, and will pave the way for other fields.
“This was a long time coming. It is the right thing to do for our residents, for our programs, and for our field. The AANEM has exhibited exceptional initiative and leadership, creating a model that other fields in neurology will undoubtedly seek to emulate,” said Dr. London.
The AANEM is also offering a Virtual Fellowship Fair from January 12-February 10, 2021, where residents will have the opportunity to learn more about the fellowships. 49 out of the 52 programs listed on the NM Medicine Fellowship Portal are participating in the Virtual Fellowship Fair.
Based in Rochester, Minnesota, the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) is the premier nonprofit membership association dedicated to the advancement of neuromuscular (NM), musculoskeletal and electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine. The organization and its members work to improve the quality of patient care and advance the science of NM diseases and EDX medicine by serving physicians and allied health professionals who care for those with muscle and nerve disorders.