Fellowship Training

The fellowship program offered at UAB/Children’s of Alabama is one year in duration and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships. As such graduating fellows are fully qualified to sit for the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery Exam that enables them to attain ABPNS Board Certification in Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Our fellows are amongst the best trained and most distinguished graduating residents in Neurosurgery training programs in North   America. We are proud that all of the UAB/COA fellows have successfully completed ABPNS certification and the vast majority has continued to pursue either exclusively or predominantly pediatric neurosurgery. Many have gone on to leading positions in Pediatric Neurosurgery at distinguished Pediatric medical centers around the North America.

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During the course of the fellowship the Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellow is fundamentally involved in the day to day operations of the busy clinical service. Extensive clinical exposure is attained in the operating room, the clinics, inpatient wards and conferences. Each fellow has an extensive operative experience in the full range of Pediatric

Neurosurgery cases and the important decision making that goes on peri-operatively. The fellow characteristically presents several talks at the Pediatric Section of the AANS/CNS meeting in December and produces at least 6-8 manuscripts (range 4-24 papers) for the peer reviewed literature in Pediatric Neurosurgery.

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Residents interested in pursuing fellowship training at UAB/COA should contact Amy Finch, Divisional Administrator with a letter of interest and intent during the summer preceding their last year of residency. Interviews are coordinated and conducted in the early autumn. The fellowship position is filled via the annual San Francisco match in Pediatric Neurosurgery that occurs in late November or early December.

Requirements for Fellowship Eligibility

  1. Successful completion of a residency program approved for certification by the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS).
  2. Eligibility to obtain a medical license in the state of Alabama, USA.
  3. Successful (passing) completion of Part I of the American Board of Neurological Surgery examination.

Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships
American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
ABNS Residency Program