The fellow has clinical responsibilities in both ambulatory and surgical care. He or she is responsible for a discrete patient load, and assists neurosurgery faculty in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The fellow functions as the primary surgeon in the majority of cases, and as the first assist in the remainder of cases.

Academic responsibilities are designed to improve teaching skills as well as enhance clinical and research abilities. As an instructor in the department, the fellow is expected to:

  • Participate in morning rounds with the residents
  • Act as a consultant with the chief residents
  • Make at least one clinical presentation per month during conference

By the end of the fellowship year, the fellow should have:

  • Submitted at least two abstracts to scientific meetings
  • Written two book chapters or reviews
  • Written two journal-quality articles


Fellows participate in clinical and research conferences held by the GI section every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

These include:

  • Neurosurgery Grand Rounds
  • Neurosurgery Journal Club
  • Interdisciplinary conferences