Spine

(Orthopaedics/Neurosurgery)
Director
Dr. Andrew Nataraj

Supervisors
Dr. Hongxing Jiang
Dr. Frank Kortbeek
Dr. James Mahood

The University of Alberta Complex Spine Fellowship is based primarily at the RoyalAlexandraHospital. There are two available fellowship positions available per year. The fellowship term is typically one year, but can be extended based upon the fellow’s career goals.

Each fellow will spend six months on a neurosurgery spinal rotation under the mentorship of Dr. Fox and Dr. Nataraj and six months on an orthopedic spinal rotation under the mentorship of Dr. Jiang, Kortbeek, and Mahood. Our fellowship is a busy surgical fellowship, which typically involves 3-4 days/week in the operating room, and exposure to approximately 300 surgical cases. Exposure will be gained to the entire spectrum of spinal disorders, including deformity correction, and intradural pathology.

There is also opportunity while on orthopedic rotation to attend OR and clinic at the Stollery Children’s Hospital scoliosis deformity clinic and surgery, especially if there is no pediatric spine fellow. There will be a pediatric spine fellow July 2011-July 2012.

Requirements
This is a complex spinal surgery fellowship in a program with an active residency program. Fellows are expected to have a minimum level of training in general spinal surgery, and are expected to teach residents in these general spine surgery scenarios.

The inpatient service is run mostly by the resident staff. However, fellows are expected to be involved in the care of the patients, especially those where the fellow has participated in the surgery.

Call requirements
Spine call: approximately 1:4 2nd call. Fellows will typically be called when there is a junior orthopedic or neurosurgery resident on call, and when urgent cases arise. Attending spine surgeons will continue to take outside calls.

Research/Teaching
Each fellow is expected to be involved in our research program, and is expected to present as well as publish at least one paper per year. Fellows are responsible for the organization of spine rounds, on Tuesdays at 4pm at RAH.

Funding
There are a variety of funding models available. If not self-funded, the fellow will be paid by the Complex Spine Surgery program, at a salary of $70 000/yr. In addition, if the fellow is eligible to bill as a surgical assist, a proportion of these billings will be returned to the fellow.

Applications
Application should be made initially (by email or in writing) to the Complex Spine Program’s Fellowship Director, Dr. Andrew Nataraj:

Dr. Andrew Nataraj
Division of Neurosurgery
2D1.02 Mackenzie Centre
University of AlbertaHospital, 8440-112 St.
Edmonton, AlbertaT6G 2B7
(780) 407-7179

Kirsten Bauer
Program Administrator
Plastic Surgery and Neurosurgery Residency Program
University of Alberta
2D2.02 Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre
8440 - 112 Street Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2B7
Phone: (780) 407-1591
Fax: (780) 407-3283

Email: kirsten.bauer@albertahealthservices.ca

 Applications should include:
- curriculum vitae
- a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the spine program at the University of Alberta, career aspirations, and any other professional or personal items that may add to the application
- three letters of reference. 

Applications for fellowship will generally open on July 1 two years preceding the fellowship year and close by February 1 of the preceding year. Incomplete applications, or applications sent too early will be returned.Edmonton, telephone interviews may be the first step. Interviews will be carried out until April of the preceding year, and selection of fellows will be made shortly thereafter.

 Currently, the application period for the 2013 positions is closed. Applications for the 2014 positions will open again from September 1, 2012 - February 1, 2013.
Applications for fellowship will generally open on July 1st , 2 years preceding the fellowship year and close by February 1st of the preceding year.

Once the selection of the fellows has been done, fellowship applications must also be done through the post-graduate medical education office at the University of Alberta.