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Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship

Caress James B
James B. Caress, MD

About the Program:

The Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship at Wake Forest is a one year training program. Two fellows are selected each year.  Training comprises instruction in and exposure to NM disorders, NCS/EMG and NM ultrasound, neuropathology, and specific procedures including chemodenervation, UHC needle muscle biopsy, IENF skin biopsy, autonomic testing, and single fiber EMG.  In addition to general NM clinics, fellows attend multi-disciplinary ALS and MDA clinics and consult on NM inpatients, eventually seeing them in follow up in their own continuity clinic.  Wake Forest is a national leader in NM ultrasound and training in this area is incorporated into all EMG lab sessions. Electives include chemodenervation sessions, movement disorder clinic, and intraoperative monitoring.  Elective time can also be used for research projects that are overseen by NM faculty members.  The training fulfills the requirements for taking the certifying examination in Neuromuscular Medicine from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Electrodiagnositc Medicine.


Each applicant is required to have completed a residency program in either adult or pediatric neurology or physical medicine and rehabilitation accredited by the ACGME in the United States or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Applicants must qualify for licensure by the North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners and must be Board Eligible for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Foreign medical graduates must have passed the E.C.F.M.G. and U.S.M.L.E. exams.  Additional information may be obtained by visiting the ECFMG website.  The institution sponsors only J-1 Visa which you must have at the time of your application. 

How to Apply:

Please submit the Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship application, your letter of interest, current curriculum vita, and three letters of recommendation (one letter must be from the director of your core residency program) to:

    April Edwards, Fellowship Coordinator 
    Wake Forest School of Medicine 
    Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27157

Once your application materials have been received and evaluated, competitive candidates will be contacted directly for an interview.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their information as soon as possible since earlier invitations to interview will allow for greater flexibility in scheduling and there are limited interview slots available.

Thank you again for your interest in our program.  If you have any specific questions not covered above, please feel free to contact April Edwards, Fellowship Coordinator at 336-716-7548 or

James B. Caress, MD
Director, Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship

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