University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School neurophysiology resident watches Dr. Hussain perform a muscle biopsy

Educating Future Physicians: Providing Clinical Training and Business Insight

*Above image: University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School neurophysiology resident watches Dr. Hussain perform a muscle biopsy

Austin Neuromuscular Center is proud to be a teaching site for the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. We are committed to educating residents studying neuromuscular medicine and pathology, neurology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. In our time as a teaching site, we have had about 20 students and neurology and physiatrist residents rotate in our center, in addition to neurology and cardiology electrophysiology fellows.

“Our dedication to high-quality education and hands-on training is a great way to serve our patients and enhance the field of neuromuscular medicine,” said neuromuscular neurologist Dr. Yessar Hussain.

During their neuromuscular rotation, the medical students and neurology residents expand their knowledge by working alongside our neuromuscular neurologists and other clinicians. Each rotation lasts from one week to one month. The students and residents gain experience during neuromuscular consultations and are exposed to neuromuscular pathology and research and clinical trials. They also learn about several diagnostic services:

  • Autonomic Nervous System Testing (ANST)
  • Electromyography (EMG) & Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Muscle, Nerve, and Skin Biopsies

The Business of Neurology

Dr. Hussain collaborated with the Texas Neurological Society in establishing the Business of Neurology rotation as well. The five-to-ten-day rotation serves as a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run a neurology practice and is open to neurology residents in their third or fourth year of study. In learning more about the business side of things, the residents learn about everything from front desk best practices to scheduling to billing.

“There is a significant gap in residents’ and students’ training in the business of medicine, and it’s causing a major impact on our young physicians in terms of decision-making about opportunities,” said Dr. Hussain. “There is a trend to avoid private practice due to a lack of education about it. We want future physicians to not fear private practice and embrace the benefits of it. Even if they choose to work in a larger institution, they still need to learn the business side of medicine.”

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