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Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Fellowship

The Fellowship will provide an in-depth study in the neurosurgical management of patients with movement disorders, psychiatric disorders, and epilepsy with using a wide range of state-of-the-art techniques including deep brain stimulation (both awake and asleep), intraoperative physiological recordings, MRI guided Focused Ultrasound, laser interstitial thermal therapy, implantation of intrathecal pumps. It is also anticipated that the Fellow upon completion of the Fellowship will have met and exceeded all goals and objectives of this program.

Goals and Objectives

Patient Care

  • Perform all neurosurgical procedures safely and accurately
  • Demonstrate management of patient complications
  • Demonstrate judgment in operative decisions
  • Demonstrate judgment in non-operative decisions
  • Communicate effectively with the patient and family

Medical/Clinical Knowledge

  • Communicate and teach residents, interns, medical students effectively
  • Lead conferences in a manner that incorporates the most up-to-date research, literature, and basic science knowledge
  • Demonstrate mastery of stereotactic surgical techniques
  • Demonstrate mastery of writing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

  • Participate in performance or process improvements task forces, workgroups, or committees as requested
  • Remain current with evidence-based medicine and literature to improve patient care
  • Demonstrate critical self-assessment

Interpersonal and Communications Skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to intervene effectively in-patient care issues
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Provide constructive criticism to members patient care team
  • Motivate members of patient care team using values-based motivation
  • Electronic medical records entries are appropriate in tone and content of first 5 cases (chart review)


  • Demonstrate a compassionate, caring approach to patients and their families
  • Demonstrate honesty in all professional interactions
  • Demonstrate respect for patients and colleagues from diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds
  • Comply with all Institutional and Departmental policies regarding duty hour restrictions
  • No observed behavior suggestive of possible chemical dependency

System-Based Practice

  • Understand the health care delivery systems, the economics of medicine and demonstrates an understanding of evaluation and management coding
  • Participate and demonstrate an understanding of current trends in medical care by keeping up-to-date
  • Participate in effective discharge planning with hospital personnel
  • Participate in long term care of neurosurgery patients with social works, physical therapists and nurse practitioners
  • Participate in quality assessment and improvement initiatives instituted by national organizations, JCAHO, etc.
  • Participate in quality assessment and improvement initiatives instituted by hospital and Chief Medical Officer
  • Participate in quality assessment and improvement initiatives instituted by the Department of Neurosurgery