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Frequently Asked Questions
Rotations are required in neuro-pathology and neuro-radiology. Electives include: neurosurgery, palliative care, neuro-psychology, neuro-ophthalmology and neurology.
There are multiple ongoing teaching conferences every week. Neuro-oncology-specific conferences include:
- Monday morning patient rounds and neuro-radiology rounds
- Bi-weekly multi-institutional neuro-oncology tumor board
- Thursday didactic teaching conference
- A monthly virtual tumor board with collaborators in Brazil
- Monthly neuro-oncology journal club/teaching conference
In addition, pediatric grand rounds, oncology grand rounds, and various conferences in related disciplines are available and encouraged.
Research projects are expected of the fellow, with a goal of at least one publication/presentation during the year. Basic research can be accommodated, and multiple clinical projects are ongoing at any given time. Fellows will be involved in each step of clinical research in addition to their own project(s). In addition, the fellow will be supported in attending at least one conference each year.
There are no overnight or weekend call responsibilities.
Radiation oncology electives occur at our sister program in Fairfax, Virginia. Neuro-pathology electives are in conjunction with Peter Burger, M.D. at John's Hopkins Medical Center. Some conferences may occur in conjunction or at the NIH. All other duties occur at Children's National Hospital's main campus.
The basic curriculum will be the same for each applicant. However, a discussion about the ideal curriculum will be conducted with each applicant to take advantage of their specific strengths, experience and interests. For example, applicants who have not had significant chemotherapy experience will participate in some of the didactic and experiential opportunities afforded to oncology fellows. This is also reflected in the particular proposed research projects, which may take advantage of collaborations with outside institutions.
In addition to attending at least one national conference during their tenure, neuro-oncology fellows will receive up to $1,000 in an educational stipend. Fellows will be given a private office with a computer. Vacation/sick days will total 20 work days for the year, to be taken at the discretion of the fellow.