The first year of the fellowship is devoted to intensive exposure to clinical and operative neurosurgical oncology. Each trainee gains extensive experience in the full spectrum of disease and problems encountered in neuro- oncology. Our neurosurgery clinical faculty members are widely recognized for their expertise in primary and metastatic brain tumor surgery and pituitary adenoma surgery.
Our unique surgical expertise allows us to offer fellows exposure to all aspects of neurosurgical oncology, including:
Surgery of primary and metastatic brain tumors
Surgery of primary and metastatic spinal tumors and reconstruction
Skull base surgery
Surgical treatment of pain
Advanced brain-mapping techniques
Brain stereotactic radiosurgery
The neurosurgical oncology fellow will be expected to perform daily rounds on brain tumor patients and will be involved in their clinical care. They will attend the outpatient clinics of the neurosurgery oncology faculty, where they will be evaluating brain tumor patients. They will assist in brain tumor operations and supervise and teach if the operative case is too complex for the resident.
The fellow is expected to attend the following educational activities:
weekly brain tumor board
biweekly radiosurgery board review
weekly basic research seminars
monthly journal clubs
weekly clinical research meetings
monthly neurosciences grand rounds
Based on the interest of the fellow, he or she will have an opportunity to participate in the current basic science research studies and clinical trials offered at the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute. They will complete human research subject protection training and be involved in the screening and evaluation of patient in brain tumor clinical trials. They will also be involved in the analysis of data and preparation of manuscripts for clinical trials. They will also rotate into the laboratory for basic and translational research on brain tumors should they have an interest in basic research.