NREF Post-Residency Clinical Fellowship

The Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) is pleased to announce the 2011-2012 Post -Residency Clinical Fellowship Grant Program, pending confirmation of funding commitments.

This program will provide funding for post-residency clinical fellowships in spinal care and other neurosurgical specialties in a transparent and independent manner.

Institutions are encouraged to apply for funding for clinical neurosurgical fellowships with a focus on spine surgery in addition to general neurosurgery, neurocritical care, neurosurgical oncology, other cerebrovascular-related fellowships, pediatric neurosurgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and stereotactic functional neurosurgery.

Please note that endovascular fellowships will not be available through this program. Fully funded spine fellowships will be up to $75,000 and all others up to $50,000 per year.

The NREF anticipates that the 2011-2012 fellowship program will be supported through funding contributed by Codman & Shurtleff, Inc., DePuy Spine, Inc., and Medtronic.

For all programs, grants may be awarded in lesser amounts, depending upon the need and the support available. Fellowship grant funding is intended to cover the stipend for the fellow. Other allowable expenses include salary and benefits, education and research expenses (travel and registration fees to nationally recognized meetings/courses), books, licenses, malpractice insurance, etc.

Eligibility for NREF Post-Residency Clinical Fellowship :

1.  Any academic institution or group practice with an established neurosurgery residency program that qualifies as a non-profit, charitable entity may apply. A for-profit entity is not eligible unless affiliated with a non-profit entity.

Institutions must have an ACGME accredited Residency Program or if the institution does not have an ACGME accredited program, the residency program should still satisfy the ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Neurological Surgery (www.acgme.org), effective July 1, 2009.

Fellowship programs should be accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Subspecialty Training (CAST) through the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS); if the fellowship program is not CAST accredited, it should satisfy the Program Requirements for Fellowship Education in the neurological sub-specialty the fellowship is in, which include but are not limited to

  1. Advanced Training in NeuroCritical Care; Neurological Surgery
  2. Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
  3. Neurologic Surgery of the Spine
  4. Neurosurgical Oncology, Clinical Curriculum for Subspecialty Training in Neurosurgical Oncology
  5. Pediatric Neurologic Surgery
  6. Peripheral Nerve
  7. Stereotactic and Fuctional Neurosurgery, Curriculum for Subspecialty / Fellowship Training in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery published by the Society of Neurological Surgeons (www.societyns.org / fellowships).

As currently structured, the program does not include funding for individual fellows seeking support for their training; these new grants are focused on the institutions which provide the fellowships.

2.  Institutions may apply for one (1) fellowship per category per year with the exception of spine where one adult spine fellowship application and one pediatric spine fellowship application will be accepted.

The categories include General Neurosurgery, Neurocritical Care, Neurosurgical Oncology, Other Cerebrovascular-related fellowships, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Spine Surgery, and Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.

3.  Institution should demonstrate either of the following :

a. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) certification for neurosurgery residency program; or
b.  If the institution does not have an ACGME accredited neurosurgery residency program, the program should still satisfy the ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Neurological Surgery (www.acgme.org), effective July 1, 2009 and if applicable, the Program Requirements for Fellowship Education in neurosurgical oncology, pediatric neurosurgery, neurocritical care, peripheral nerve surgery, stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, or neurologic surgery of the spine, as published by the Society of Neurological Surgeons (www.societyns.org / fellowships).

4.  Institution must provide proof of qualification as a non-profit, charitable entity (IRS determination letter).
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5.  Certificate letter indicating CAST accreditation for neurologic surgery fellowship (if applicable).

a.  In the instance where the institution has applied for CAST accreditation but has not received it, please submit a copy of the CAST accreditation request with the application.

B.  Fellowship Funding Overlap / Duplicate Funding

Funding for a fellowship awarded by the NREF through this post-residency, clinical fellowship grant program cannot be duplicated by any other outside funding source.

If the institution receives funding from another source for a fellowship awarded by NREF through this program, the institution’s Fellowship Program Director must notify the NREF immediately and return the fellowship funding.

Notification must be sent to Michele S. Gregory at msg@aans.org.

Application Closing Date for NREF Post-Residency Clinical Fellowship : 29 October 2010

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