Electromyography and Neuromuscular

During your initial electromyography (EMG) experience, you will learn the basic science underlying essential electrodiagnostic tools — especially nerve conduction studies and needle electrode examinations — and become technically proficient in them, while laying the groundwork for more advanced training.

Electrodiagnostic Basics

Guided by our experienced specialists, you will learn to determine the need for, use and interpret the results of a variety of electrodiagnostic tools to assess major neuromuscular disorders, including:

  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • various types of neuropathies (ulnar, radial, sciatic, peroneal, tibial)
  • brachial plexopathy
  • neuralgic amyotrophy
  • lumbar plexopathy
  • radiculopathy
  • polyneuropathy
  • myopathy

As an active member of a care team, you will develop your ability to interpret EMG data and identify abnormalities seen in common neuromuscular disorders, including:

  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • cervical and lumbar radiculopathy
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • myasthenia gravis
  • motor neuron disease

You also will develop skills in interpreting nerve conduction studies, an EMG component using surface electrodes.

Personalized Training; Specialized Facilities

Each week, at various sites, you will gain experience by participating in our specialized clinics and electromyography labs.

You will evaluate patients referred for EMG studies, review diagnostic tests, obtain patient histories and perform examinations and nerve conduction studies.

Through our highly personalized training experience, you will work one-on-one with our neuromuscular specialists as well as neuromuscular fellows, receiving immediate feedback after each patient encounter or work-up.

As you discuss your findings and proposed management plans, you will learn from some of the nation’s top experts.

Two days per week you will focus on electromyography, training at the Buffalo VA Medical Center (for two half-days) and at Buffalo General Medical Center and the UBMD university neurology outpatient clinic (for one half-day each).

You also will attend the Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic at Buffalo General Medical Center once per week, and neuromuscular clinics at the veterans hospital and outpatient clinic several times per week.


You will build a knowledge base for additional training by observing a variety of studies, including at least two of each of the following types:

  • lower extremity
  • upper extremity
  • polyneuropathy
  • motor neuron disease
  • neuromuscular junction

Comprehensive, Career-Focused Learning

You will gain an in-depth understanding of peripheral nervous system anatomy as well as the neurophysiology underlying electrodiagnostic studies and neuromuscular disorders through our comprehensive didactic training, including an EMG case conference and neuromuscular conference.

Care Team

  • neuromuscular specialists
  • neuromuscular fellows
  • EMG technicians

Diverse Patient Population

You will gain broad exposure to child and adult patients — from newborns to 90-year-olds — with diverse acute and chronic neurological disorders, including:

  • muscle disorders, myopathies and muscular dystrophy
  • disorders of neuromuscular junction
  • polyneuropathy (axonal, demyelinating and sensory/motor/autonomic)
  • mononeuritis multiplex
  • entrapment neuropathy
  • plexopathy
  • radiculopathy
  • anterior horn cell disorders, motor neuron disease and spinal muscular atrophy

You will encounter patients from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds.

Length of Rotation

1 month

Year Taken

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