The Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship at the University of Miami, accredited by ACGME, is a one-year program designed to provide trainees with broad clinical exposure to the vast spectrum of neuromuscular disease, as well as experience in performing electrodiagnostic studies and interpreting nerve and muscle biopsies. Close affiliations between the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH), the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and the ALS Association provide the neuromuscular fellow with a diversity of clinical exposure and a wealth of training opportunities. Particular strengths of the neuromuscular program include a weekly multi-disciplinary ALS clinic, specialized MDA and myasthenia gravis clinics, and active EMG laboratories at JMH and the University of Miami.

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents or Fellows per year: 1
Duration: 1 Year
Postgraduate Training Required: Yes
U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Teaching Hospitals

  • University of Miami Hospital
  • Professional Arts Center
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital

Prior to appointment in the program, fellows must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited program in neurology, child neurology, or physical medicine and rehabilitation, or a program in one of these specialties that is located in Canada and accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Application Deadline
Applications available at and accepted until April

Fellows will participate in the training of neurology residents and general neurophysiology fellows.

Board Exam Requirements
To achieve certification in neuromuscular medicine, candidates from the ABPN must hold a valid certificate in neurology or neurology with special qualification in child neurology and fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • Documentation of successful completion of formal training requirements, as specified in descriptions of the practice or training pathways
  • Have met all training requirements by July 31 of the year of the examination
  • Must meet the ABPN’s licensure requirements
  • Be certified by the Board in neurology or child neurology by December 31 prior to the examination administration
  • Candidates from the ABPMR should contact that Board for information regarding certification requirements

The specialized training in neuromuscular medicine may be completed on a part-time basis, as long as it is not less than half-time; credit is not given for periods of training lasting less than one year, except under special circumstances that must be approved by the ABPN Credentials Committee. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide detailed documentation from the respective training directors that outlines training content, duties, and responsibilities. Each case is considered on an individual basis.

Educational & Other Experience

Fellows will also have ample opportunity to participate in ongoing clinical research projects and are encouraged (but not required) to undertake and complete a research project of their own. For those interested in pursuing a research career, a second year of fellowship focused on clinical research, is available.

No on-call duties assigned

Doraiswami Ayyar, M.D.

Doraiswami Ayyar, M.D.
Program Director

Andrea Ruiz, BGS
Program Manager
Phone: (305) 243-2742
Fax: (305) 243-8108