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Spinal Neurosurgical Care Fellowship


The UCLA Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship is a twelve-month fellowship in complex spinal surgery.

The fellow will be based out of the Santa Monica-Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the location of the Comprehensive Spine Center.

Approximately 2 days per week will be dedicated to performing spinal cases in the operating room with one of the attending spine surgeons. The fellow will spend two days in the outpatient clinic per week, and one day per week is set aside for research and scholarly activities. Together with the resident assigned to the spine service, the fellow is responsible for daily patient care and inpatient consults. The fellow is also responsible for weekend rounding two weekends per month. The fellow’s primary operating experience will be obtained at the Santa Monica-Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; however, he/she will also be available to perform late night and weekend cases at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood.

In conjunction with the orthopaedic spine fellow, the neurosurgery spine fellow will be responsible for coordinating the weekly Joint Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Spine Conference. This conference takes place every Monday evening during the academic year, and includes guest lectures, journal club, and case reviews. The fellow will be in charge of coordinating the line-up of speakers and presentations as well as selecting journal club articles. The fellow will also be expected to give a twice-yearly formal presentation at the weekly Wednesday morning Neurosurgery Grand Rounds.

In addition to working closely with the orthopaedic spine fellows, the fellow will also have the opportunity to scrub on operative cases with the orthopaedic spine faculty. This will provide a complementary exposure to spine surgery, as well as in depth experience in other interesting disorders such as scoliosis and other deformities.

The fellow is expected to be actively involved in teaching of residents, medical students, and ancillary staff. The fellow will have an opportunity for teaching during daily ward rounds, including interpretation of radiological studies, critical care, and cost-effective resource utilization. Other potential areas of resident and student teaching include selection of surgical approaches, pre-operative decision making, and routine postoperative care. The fellow will also be engaged in resident teaching while performing both basic and complex spinal surgical cases. The fellow will be on–call for spinal trauma cases, and will serve as an initial consultant for these cases. The fellow will also be expected to give occasional lectures to the operating room staff regarding surgical indications and spinal procedures in order to broaden the staff’s knowledge base.

The fellow will be expected to be involved in research and creative scholarly activity during the year. There are a number of basic and clinical research projects available including bone biology, advanced cervical imaging, disc regeneration, biomechanics, syringomyelia, and minimally invasive surgical outcome studies. A number of these projects are multi-disciplinary, and include individuals from the Departments of Neurology, Radiology, and Orthopaedics.

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