The clinical duties of the stereotactic and functional neurosurgery Clinical Instructor will be to focus his/her efforts on further experience in the management of complex brain and nervous system disorders involving brain and brain-adjacent neoplasms, AVMs, movement disorders and pain. The treatment of brain neoplasms, AVMs, and pain cases is coordinated with Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology. This multidisciplinary setting assures the quality of patient care as well as provides clinical training benefits to all services involved. There will also be the opportunity to acquire experience in the management of peripheral nerve pain, sympathetic nerve pain, and other nervous system disorders. The Clinical Instructor will participate in consultation and operative treatments at UCLA affiliated hospitals of Harbor Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Olive View-Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and West Los Angeles Veterans Administration medical Center. This arrangement will further enhance clinical experience for the Clinical Instructor and provide current technical advances for the residents at the affiliated hospitals.
The stereotactic and functional neurosurgery Clinical Instructor will directly enhance resident education by providing a dedicated effort with the attending staff that will also benefit medical students, nursing and ancillary staff. He/she will coordinate, along with the Radiation Oncology and Neurology fellows, the various weekly multidisciplinary meetings. The Stereotactic Radiosurgery Meeting involves staff, residents and fellows from Radiation Oncology and Stereotactic Surgery. The UCLA Movement Disorder Meeting involves staff; residents and fellows form Neurology, Neuro-Psychology and Neurosurgery. The fellows from each Department/Division play a major roll in the organization, presentation, and documentation for these meetings. These multidisciplinary meetings serve to enhance the clinical, research, educational and residency programs of all specialties. The Clinical Instructor will also participate in presenting appropriate cases at the weekly UCLA Tumor Board Meeting, as well as presenting posters and abstracts at conferences, which involve medical education for community-based, national arena or international conventions. The stereotactic and functional Clinical Instructor will also have the opportunity to be directly involved with the production of Tutorial Courses here at UCLA which are attended by physicians, physicists and nurses from around the world. The 5 Day Hands on Shaped Beam and Functional Neurosurgery Tutorial Course is directed by myself and co-directed by my colleagues in Radiation Oncology. The Functional Brain Mapping Tutorial Course is also directed by myself and co directed by my Colleagues in neurosurgery. The Clinical Instructor will have an important role in coordinating the educational material for the students of these courses as well as the faculty involved. The experience with this type of setting is invaluable to the Clinical Instructor and all staff, residents and students involved.
The stereotactic and functional neurosurgery Clinical Instructor should pursue scholarly endeavors in the area of stereotactic and functional surgery that he/she desires. Clinical research and basic science laboratories are available with programs relating to neural diseases, movement disorders, neural metabolism and surgical techniques. Laboratories in physics, bioengineering and biomechanics are potentially available for collaboration in specific research areas to suit the interest of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery Clinical instructor. There are many demands for clinical research and data interpretation and presentation all of which can be directed and delegated by the Clinical Instructor.
The stereotactic and functional neurosurgery Clinical Instructor position will be an integral part of the neurosurgical portion of the UCLA Radiosurgery and Movement Disorder Programs Development. The position has support through various donating factors, federal grants, and clinical income.
Thank you for your time and interest in the UCLA Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgical Fellowship Program.