This ACGME-accredited two-year program is designed to prepare candidates for an academically oriented career that encompasses any combination of diagnosis, teaching, and research, and emphasizes the concept of lifelong learning.
The program is structured to meet this goal by exposing the fellow to an abundance of diversified case material, faculty members with a variety of clinical and research interests and capabilities, and a commitment to medical teaching, state of the art clinical and research laboratory facilities, and a graduated program of assigned responsibilities.
Fellows are involved in evaluating consultation cases submitted from more than 100 referring institutions. During the two-year training period, each fellow will participate directly in:
- Evaluating more than 250 neuromuscular biopsy specimens (no numerical requirement by ACGME) and 400 neurosurgical biopsies (ACGME requirement 300)
- Performing 250 intraoperative consultations (ACGME requirement 50)
- Examining over 200 necropsy specimens (ACGME requirement 200)
In each year of fellowship, fellows spend half of their time participating in clinical or basic research projects. Emphasis is placed on application of the scientific method, gaining experience in contemporary neuroscience research techniques, and public presentation of research data at scientific meetings.
Ongoing areas of investigation include neurobiology of aging and dementia, cell biology of CNS neoplasia, and pathogenesis of neuromuscular disorders.
Candidates must have satisfactorily completed at least two years of approved anatomic pathology training, and must be eligible for a Texas institutional permit.
Support will be commensurate with the applicant's level of training.