During your EMG rotation, you’ll learn how to perform nerve conduction studies independently.

Guided by a faculty neurophysiologist and a neurophysiology technician, you’ll gain increased accuracy and sophistication performing these tests. When you and your faculty preceptor agree that you can competently and confidently conduct them on your own, you’ll do so.

Even then, your preceptor will remain on-site and available to consult with you.

Throughout this rotation, you’ll provide comprehensive, specialized care for your patients. You’ll become adept at developing optimal treatment plans to address patients’ nerve and muscle complaints, choosing from a range of medical, surgical and non-pharmacologic options.

Your responsibilities include:

  • performing neurological and physical examinations focused on your patients’ nerve and muscle complaints
  • collaborating with our attending neurophysiologist to develop appropriate electrodiagnostic plans
  • performing sensory motor nerve conduction studies and H reflexes
  • referring patients for further care when necessary
  • needle EMGs

You’ll also have opportunities to observe single-fiber EMGs, facial nerve, blink reflex study and repetitive stimulation.


  • 45-50 patients per rotation

Length of Rotation

  • 2 modules required
  • most fellows take more 

Patient Population

  • adolescents and adults
  • occasional pediatric cases

You’ll diagnose and treat patients with a wide range of pathology, including:

  • peripheral neuropathy
  • ALS
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • radiculopathy
  • brachial plexopathy
  • myopathy
  • dysfunction at neuromuscular junction
  • post-infectious and autoimmune inflammatory disorders
  • autonomic nervous system dysfunction

Clinical Sites

Your training takes place in leading clinical facilities, including our Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic at Buffalo General Medical Center.