Our aim is to maximize the fellowship educational experience and it is our opinion that dedicated time for research and critical thinking is necessary. To that end, at least one-half day per week of the fellow’s time will be set aside to pursue research efforts. He or she will be expected to produce at least one manuscript of publishable quality during the fellowship year.
The fellowship will fully fund attendance at the POSNA annual meeting and will subsidize any meeting during one’s fellowship year at which the fellow is presenting research generated at Children's National. Also in keeping with our philosophy of maximizing educational opportunities, the fellowship will fully fund attendance at IPOS the year prior to the fellowship if this time is allowed by the incoming fellow’s residency program.
The fellowship training program takes pride in its robust schedule that encompasses participation at monthly conferences in spine and orthopedic research and hospital-wide lectures. Fellows join faculty in giving some of the morning conference lectures to the residents and presenting cases at weekly teaching conferences. Teaching conferences are held throughout the week and the indications conference is held weekly each Thursday morning.
The fellow is also invited to attend an educational dinner with one or more faculty members every other month at which time a key topic including current literature will be discussed. The fellow’s progress in the program and his/her future employment search are also discussed.
Past fellows have also availed themselves of opportunities in cadaver labs. Teaming up with industry sponsors, faculty members work with fellows and interested residents on cadavers, practicing difficult exposures and techniques.