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New medical residency in neurology approved

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted April 11, 2005

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The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education recently approved program requirements for a new subspecialty.

The new residency program is a 12-month fellowship covering neuromuscular medicine, a subspecialty of neurology. It is designed for physicians who have completed residencies in adult or pediatric neurology or physical medicine and rehabilitation. The discipline will focus on specialized knowledge in the science, clinical evaluation and management of disorders including abnormalities of the motor neuron, nerve roots, peripheral nerves, neuromuscular junction and muscle affecting adults and children.

In October, the Resident Review Committee for Neurology will start reviewing applications from institutions that want to add the fellowship.

The ACGME also approved a new committee to evaluate resident learning. The Committee on Innovation in the Learning Environment -- will look at ways to improve the learning environment for residents, collect and interpret data on the effect of the 80-hour workweek standard, as well as collect and communicate information on best practices among residency programs as they implement these standards.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2005/04/11/prbf0411.htm.

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