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Neuro-Oncology Fellowship in Neurology

The Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Radiation Oncology and the Neuropathology Division have added faculty to the Neuro-Oncology program over the last several years.  Centered in the University of Michigan Neurology Department, the Neuro-Oncology Program offers an excellent fellowship opportunity for highly motivated, board certified/eligible neurology residents or internal medicine candidates with oncology fellowship training interested in pursuing a career as an academic or clinical neuro-oncologist.  Our fellowship offers certification in neuro-oncology through the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) after one or two years of training.

The Neuro-Oncology Fellowship at the University of Michigan provides fellows with training in the diagnosis and management of primary and metastatic brain tumors, as well as in diagnosing and management of neurologic complications of cancer and its treatment. In Neuro-Oncology Clinic, located in the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center,  fellows obtain extensive experience managing patients with glioblastoma, anaplastic gliomas, low grade gliomas, meningiomas, primary CNS lymphoma, medulloblastoma, ependymoma, parenchymal and leptomeningeal metastasis from systemic cancers, as well as less common tumors that affect the nervous system.  In a consultative role, fellows obtain extensive experience in the management of neuro-oncology patients admitted to the inpatient neurology service for chemotherapy and neurologic complications of treatment.  Neuro-oncologic consultations on other services will be seen by fellows on a selective basis, as well. 

Curriculum

Our program hosts a monthly Neuro-Oncology Conference, the content of which may include pertinent basic, translational or clinical research presented by faculty, journal club, review of presentations from recent national meetings, and discussion of recent clinical advances.  The fellow attends and presents at informal didactic sessions specific to neuro-oncology.   The fellow may also attend departmental, Cancer Center, and institutional lectures, and is encouraged to give conference presentations as one aspect of their training, where appropriate. 

One of the highlights of the multidisciplinary aspect of our program is the weekly Brain Tumor Board, where challenging cases are presented. In this conference, the fellow gains knowledge that can’t be learned from textbooks, including the thinking processes and the interdisciplinary interactions that are integral to modern patient care. 

Rotations

The program curriculum and expectations are designed to span the duration of a two-year program, however, under certain circumstances, the curriculum can be adjusted to accommodate completion in one year while achieving UCNS Neuro-Oncology subspecialty certification eligibility.

While clinical training is the main focus of the program, especially during the first year, fellows’ academic interests are developed through faculty supervised research projects, which can be basic, translational, or clinical in nature.   The seeds of these projects are sown during the first year of fellowship, with more time to devote to this endeavor in the second year.  Additionally, attendance of at least one annual Neuro-Oncology specific meeting is encouraged.

Faculty

Neuro-oncology is not a specialty that can be undertaken by a single department or practitioner. The well-being of our patients relies on the expertise of physicians from many different backgrounds. Within our Neuro-Oncology Program, there is a wealth of Neuro-Oncologic subspecialty expertise within all of the involved disciplines. 

Adult Neuro-Oncology

Pediatric Neuro-Oncology

Radiation Oncology

Neurosurgery

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Neuropathology

Neuroradiology


Research

Not only does our program offer a wealth of expertise, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the nation’s largest and best-funded cancer centers, and boasts many faculty who are at the forefront of their field. A broad spectrum of exciting basic, translational, and clinical research opportunities are available to the fellow in neuro-oncology and other areas of cancer.  Through Cancer Center Grand Rounds and other subspecialty lecture programs, fellows have many opportunities over the course of their training to learn from world-class clinicians and researchers, not only from within the University of Michigan, but from around the world.

In addition, there are numerous basic and translational researchers with specific interests in brain tumors, notably, among others:

Apply for Fellowship

We will begin accepting applications on January 1, 2014 for the fellowship starting in July 2015. Candidates are expected to have finished a residency in adult neurology and be BC/BE by the fellowship start date (i.e. July 2015, but start date is flexible).  We will also consider internal medicine applicants with fellowship training in oncology on a case by case basis.  Currently, our program accepts one fellowship candidate on an every other year basis. 

Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Application

For consideration, please submit:

Contact Information

For more information, or to apply for a position in the fellowship, please contact Joyce Arreguin at (734) 936-7910.

Joyce Arreguin
Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program Coordinator
734-936-7910
jarregui@umich.edu

Larry Junck, MD
Director, Neuro-Oncology Fellowship
734-936-7910
ljunk@med.umich.edu

Aaron Mammoser, MD
734-936-7910
amammose@med.umich.edu


To ensure facility of communication, please cc Joyce Arreguin (jarregui@umich.edu) on all emails.