The program has been in existence since 1991, at Loyola University, the University of Arkansas, and currently at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Harvard University). Twenty three individuals have completed this training program since its start.
The fellowship is designed for a one to two year experience. This allows time for clinical and laboratory skull base research, along with in-depth training in skull base surgical techniques in the operating room.
Goals and Objectives for Training
This fellowship provides advanced training in the proper diagnosis and optimal management of patients with cranial base disorders as well as preparation for future leadership in the field of skull base surgery. It gives fellows the opportunity to master skull base surgical approaches, expert evaluation and perioperative management of patients with skull base disorders.
Fellows will acquire an in-depth knowledge of skull base anatomy, lesions, and their management while participating in the evaluation, operation, and follow-up care of all patients in the service. Additionally, the fellow will be involved in clinical or laboratory research and will have the opportunity to prepare and publish research projects using the wealth of data available to them. Fellows will receive an introduction into the scientific society and groups in the field and will prepare for an academic career in skull base surgery.
Upon successful completion, the fellow receives a certificate documenting his/her experience and successful completion of the fellowship.
Prerequisite Training/Neurosurgery Criteria
Fellows must have either completed or be in their senior year of an ACGME accredited program or the equivalent in their home country and secured a high recommendation and demonstrated scholarly achievement.