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.
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.
- Adult Neuro-Oncology outpatient clinic
- Pediatric Neuro-Oncology outpatient clinic
- Radiation Oncology outpatient clinic
- Opportunities for elective rotations in Neurosurgery, Neuroradiology, Neuropathology, Palliative Care, Symptom Management Clinic
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.
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.
Candidates are expected to have finished a residency in adult neurology and be BC/BE by the fellowship start date (i.e. July 1st, 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 requirements: CV, personal statement, 3 letters of recommendation (one of which is from a program director or chair) and two (2) from faculty that you have worked with during the previous twelve months, and an application.
Regarding visa issues, you must be one of the following: a US citizen or a permanent resident (green card holder). We do not sponsor any other visas.