2013 Practical Approach to Electromyography and Neuromuscular Disorders


The 2013 Practical Approach to Electromyography and Neuromuscular Disorders conference was a huge success. To participate in the 2014 conference this September 19 – 21 at the Hilton Boston Back Bay Hotel, Boston, MA please visit this link!



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Target Audience

Neurologists, physiatrists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, internists, peripheral nerve surgeons, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and electromyography technologists who are interested in the field of electromyography and neuromuscular disorders.


Course Director

Peter Siao, MD
Director, Neuromuscular Unit and
Electromyography Laboratory
Associate Professor of Neurology
Boston University School of Medicine



This two-and-a-half day course will focus on the practical approach to electromyography in the diagnosis and management of neuromuscular disorders. Lectures will cover the clinical and neurophysiologic assessments of compression neuropathies, radiculopathies, plexopathies, various types of generalized neuropathies, neuromuscular junction disorders, myopathies, as well as the fundamentals of nerve conduction studies and needle electromyography. There will be live demonstrations to illustrate nerve conduction techniques and muscle identification for needle electromyography. Emphasis will be placed on the latest treatment options for patients with various types of peripheral neuropathies.

Lecturers include six directors of Electromyography Laboratory/ Clinical Neurophysiology/ Neuromuscular Medicine/ Peripheral Neuropathy Center/ Neuromuscular fellowship training program from prestigious medical centers (Boston University, Columbia University, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts, University of California, Irvine, and New York University).

A special two-hour session on the clinical uses of botulinum toxin in the treatment of spasticity, cervical dystonia, and other movement disorders will be presented. Participants will receive an update on the assessment and treatment of patients with neuromuscular disorders so that they may enhance their clinical practices.

This course will help physicians understand the technical aspects of EMG, as well as the clinical uses and limitations of the procedure. The presentation of each topic will be both simple and practical. It will appeal to clinicians who order and read EMG reports and to those interested in performing EMG.

In post-activity evaluations of our 2012 conference, participants indicated a high level of satisfaction with the education activity (average satisfaction rating of 4.77 out of 5) and provided many positive comments, for example:

  • “Very good choice of topics and excellent speakers”
  • “I have attended several EMG courses lately in anticipation of starting to do EMGs after many years in practice. This is by far the best course.”
  • “Presenters were able to convey the material in such a way as to explain the underlying scientific principles [of] NCS/EMG. It made sense to me in  a way that many of these principles had not before.”


Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. State the basic tenets of clinical and neurophysiologic diagnosis.
  2. List the clinical and neurophysiologic aspects of common neuromuscular disorders.
  3. Describe the technical aspects as well as potential pitfalls of nerve conduction studies and needle electromyography.
  4. Review the current diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in polyneuropathy, including the use of intravenous immunoglobulins and plasma exchange.
  5. Discuss the clinical uses of botulinum toxin.
  6. Apply the knowledge reviewed above to the discussion of selected clinical cases.



Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this Live activity for a maximum of 23.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Core Competencies

This activity has been developed with consideration given to the American Board of Medical Specialties Six Core Competencies. This activity will increase your competency in the areas of:

  • Patient Care
  • Medical Knowledge


Educational Grants

  • This program is supported by educational grants from Allergan, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, CSL Behring, Grifols and Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals.



  • This activity is supported by exhibits from Cadwell Laboratories Inc.Coram Specialty Infusion Services , Genzyme, and Grifols.


In-Kind Support

  • NATUS Medical Inc.