The 2015-2016 Neuro-Oncology fellows with the fellowship program leadership. (Not pictured: Na Tosha Gatson.)
The Neuro-Oncology Fellowship program provides intense, comprehensive training in the management of primary brain tumors and neurological complications of cancer. The overall goal is to cultivate the careers of young physician-scientists to become leaders in the field of neuro-oncology. The fellowship program is carefully, but flexibly designed to accommodate the individual needs of candidates aiming at either clinical practice or academic positions upon completion of training.
The Neuro-Oncology Fellowship consists of two to three years of training:
- The first year is dedicated to clinical neuro-oncology, dealing with primary brain tumors in outpatient and inpatient settings and with neurological complications of cancer.
- The second year adds opportunities for clinical or basic research coupled with more independent patient care management.
- An optional third year provides protected research time for fellows to develop and enhance their individual interests, with mentoring by experienced basic and clinical research faculty.
Why Choose Our Exceptional Program
The Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program offered at MD Anderson provides a unique experience for trainees. For fellows interested in entering clinical practice, we offer rotations through pain and palliative care. This is a niche that is important to neurology and oncology groups interested in expanding the repertoire of clinical practice.
The fellows also have a distinctive opportunity to participate in our clinical research activities to gain experience in clinical trial design and execution, drug development, regulatory aspects of trials and development of strategies that hold promise in brain tumor therapy. In addition, our fellows learn the intricacies of how a multidisciplinary, expert team works efficiently to translate research into clinical practice to provide optimal care for patients.
Furthermore, the Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program stands out by offering:
- Financial support for trainees to attend conferences of their choosing
- Regular lectures and advanced education opportunities throughout the institution
- Opportunity to train with a dynamic, multidisciplinary team at the No. 1 hospital for cancer care in the nation, per U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey
- UCNS certification eligibility for neuro-oncology upon completion of the program
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