The OU Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery is pleased to offer a one-year, ACPNF-certified clinical fellowship program. The fellow will be exposed to the entire spectrum of pathologies managed in an academic pediatric neurosurgery practice, including craniofacial, epilepsy, functional, brain tumors, and hydrocephalus. Additionally, the fellow will gain significant exposure to more niche fields such as complex spine and brachial plexus. The fellowship incorporates a transition from residency training to junior faculty, with initial “fellow” duties progressing to independent, self-run clinic, operating room cases and on-call decision-making. The fellow would thus effectively serve as faculty, with close supervision from the department. At the conclusion of the training, the fellow will be thoroughly prepared for beginning an academic or private career.
Oklahoma Children’s Hospital is the primary training site. As a nationally ranked and the only free-standing children’s hospital in the state of Oklahoma, it is designated as an American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified level 1 pediatric trauma center, also claiming an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) highest level status in the neonatal intensive care unit and National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) comprehensive epilepsy care.
The ACPNF-certified pediatric fellowship entails a rigorous, comprehensive one year training, exposing the fellow to 540+ annual case volume with significant exposure to all pediatric neurosurgery subspecialty disciplines. Four pediatric faculty run 1-2 operating rooms daily on average, with extensive experience in training previous fellows and residents. The service is run by the clinical fellow and comprised of 1-2 neurosurgery residents and 2 advanced practice providers.