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Adult & Pediatric Comprehensive Spine Fellowship

INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS


Affiliated Institution:
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

Number of Positions: 3

Faculty:
Ronald A. Lehman, Jr., MD, Co-Director
Lawrence G. Lenke, MD, Co-Director
K. Daniel Riew, MD, Co-Director
Charla R. Fischer, MD
Yongjung J. Kim, MD
Mark Weidenbaum, MD

Application Deadline:
Applications for the 2018 fellowship year (August 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019) will be accepted from 9/1/2016 until 11/31/2016

Application Information: SF Match

Contact:
Jewel Williams, Administrative Coordinator
jw2712@cumc.columbia.edu

Department of Orthopedic Surgery
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Unviersity Medical Center
622 West 168th Street, PH-11
Tell: 212.305.5974
Fax: 212.305.6193
 


Goals

The Inaugural Adult and Pediatric Comprehensive Spine Fellowship will commence in 2015 at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center (NYP), NYP/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, NYP/Lawrence Hospital, and The Spine Hospital at NYP/Allen and participating institutions. Participating physicians are Lawrence G. Lenke, M.D., K. Daniel Riew, MD, Ronald A. Lehman, Jr., MD, Yongjun J. Kim, MD, Charla Fischer, MD and Mark Weidenbaum, MD.

Three positions are available per academic year (August 1-July 31). A PGY-6 stipend for Orthopaedic or a PGY-7 stipend for Neurosurgery graduates is offered, with four weeks (20 work days) of vacation. One or two spine meetings of the fellow’s choice are included during the fellowship year.

Percentage of fellowship devoted to:
Operative Care 70%
Non-Operative Care 30%
Research/Publication Obligation Yes
Approximate percentage of exposure to the spine by region
Cervical 35%
Lumbar 50%
Thoracic 15%
Approximate percentage of exposure to the spine by diagnostic category
Deformity 35%
Degenerative 30%
Pediatric 15%
MIS 10%
Trauma 5%
Tumor 5%

 


Purpose

To train individuals to treat all spinal diseases and conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine: both degenerative and deformity; trauma and tumor; pediatric and adult. Individuals completing the fellowship will be adept at performing every type of surgical case from complex scoliosis and kyphosis corrections with three-column osteotomies, to cervical, lumbar degenerative and minimally invasive surgery (MIS). This will facilitate a career in either academic or private practice.
 


Case Load

The overall case-load profile is 40% deformity, 45% degenerative (cervical and lumbar), and 10% tumor/fracture. 40% of cases are cervical, while 60% are thoracic/lumbar in nature, with a minimally invasive (MIS) exposure for many pathologies as well. Age distribution equates to 70% adult and 30% pediatric.

The attendings are covered by three fellows, one chief/senior resident and multiple physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs).

Fellow's Responsibilities: The fellows are responsible for covering the cases being performed in the operating room and seeing patients in the office with the attendings. Clinical and basic science research projects are numerous with the ability to participate in prospective outcomes studies, biomechanics and basic science projects. The fellows are encouraged to participate and obliged to complete at least two projects/papers. The educational process for the fellows includes a core curriculum of lectures, teaching case conferences and journal clubs. Formal teaching conferences for the fellows are held weekly on a variety of didactic topics, case presentations and interactive discussions and complex deformity conference.
 

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