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In her recently published article, Electrodiagnostic consultations in Zambia: Referral characteristics and neuromuscular disorders, Dr. Michelle Kvalsund in the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology investigates referral characteristics and neuromuscular disorders identified during select electrodiagnostic consultations. Dr. Kvalsund’s in-depth discussion of the subject contributes to a broader, yet underdeveloped, research area on neuromuscular disorders in sub-Saharan Africa.
U.S. neurologists who have collaborated on work in Zambia and will contribute to the training program” (left to right): Dr. Igor Koralnik (Rush University); Dr. David bearden (University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry); Dr. Michelle Kvalsund (Michigan State University);   Dr. Deanna Saylor (Johns Hopkins); and Dr. Omar Siddiqi (Harvard Medical School).
To address the shortage of trained neurologists in Zambia, the country’s Ministry of Health is working with American institutions like Michigan State University (MSU) to provide the first specialty neurology training program in the region. Its residency training program was launched in October 2018 after years of hard work and preparation by a collaborate of neurologists. Michelle Kvalsund, D.O. in MSU’s Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology is a supportive faculty member for the resident training initiative, and helps serve the program in its contribution to neurology-based education for the enveloping community.
Kimberly Patterson, course director and EEG and EMG coordinator in MSU’s Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology, demonstrates aspects of what a neurodiagnostic technologist does to a prospective student
Course director and EEG and EMG coordinator in the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology, Kimberly Patterson, looks to resolve a statewide shortage of neurodiagnostic technologists, or NDTs, by designing a new training program at Michigan-based community colleges. The program enables students to earn an allied health associate's degree, and is being supported by Lansing Community College, Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, and Mid Michigan College in Harrison through the Michigan Community College Association, or MCCA.

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