The Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by the United Council for Neurological Specialties (UCNS). The goal of the fellowship is to provide future neuro-oncologists with advanced training in the diagnosis and management of primary brain tumors as well as the neurological complications of cancer. UT Southwestern neuro-oncology patients are seen in the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is the only NCI-designated Cancer Center in North Texas. We offer 1- and 2-year fellowships in adult neuro-oncology.
The first year of the Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program is focused on clinical neuro-oncology. Fellows receive a comprehensive clinical experience in neuro-oncology as part of a large multidisciplinary brain tumor team at UT Southwestern. Fellows work closely with colleagues in neuroradiology, neuropathology, neurosurgery, and radiation oncology. Clinical training centers on the management of gliomas, but includes exposure to the entire spectrum of primary and metastatic intracranial and intraspinal tumors. Fellows are expected to be closely involved with investigator-initiated and consortium clinical trials involving cutting-edge experimental treatments for brain tumors. Those fellows who plan to spend a second year in the lab will work on a research project tailored to their interests and experience.
The second year of fellowship, which is optional, is devoted to basic and translational neuro-oncology research under the direction of Drs. Robert Bachoo and Elizabeth Maher. Their lab specializes in the investigation of personalized tumor treatments, novel glioma mouse models, and new neuroimaging techniques such as MR spectroscopy for 2-hydroxyglutarate. Research fellows are expected to present their work at national meetings and submit their findings for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
The application and selection process for the Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program goes through the San Francisco Match, which opens for applications in October of the PGY-3 year, with a match in late June.