Your rotations during the Spine Surgery Fellowship may vary somewhat depending upon your background and educational needs. Typically, each rotation is three months long, and fellows usually rotate with four orthopedic surgeons during the one-year program. Case distribution is determined by staff, and you do not have to take regular orthopedic trauma call.
Spine trauma call is shared with the Department of Neurologic Surgery, with each department responsible for call on alternating weeks. During the weeks assigned to orthopedics, you alternate pager call from home on weekdays and weekends. You are responsible for the evaluation of emergency patients who require a spine surgery consultation. You also work to coordinate staff coverage and formulate overall care plans.
- Pager call from home averaging every third or fourth night on call
- Evaluation of emergency patients to be admitted, after initial assessment by orthopedic and neurosurgery senior residents
- Coordination of overall plan of care and participation in surgery on trauma patients
Inpatient spine consultations
You evaluate all consultation requests when you are on spine call and coordinate further consultation with staff members.
You are responsible for at least one clinical research project that is to be completed before the fellowship ends. Additional clinical or basic science research opportunities are readily available. You may apply to continue training for an additional year to complete projects and acquire additional research skills. During the fellowship, you have one day every other week to devote to research.
During the Spine Surgery Fellowship, you coordinate the weekly spine conference and attend spine conferences in each department. Your duties also include coordinating the monthly spine journal club and maintaining our digital teaching files.