University of Montreal (2 fellows)
Contact: Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong, MD, PhD
Duration: 1 year (August 1 2011 to July 31 2012)
Location: Sainte-Justine Hospital (6 months), Sacre-Coeur Hospital (6 months)
The fellows will be assigned for 6 months on the paediatric spine service and 6 months on the adult spine service. The fellows will be involved in both surgical and nonsurgical care of patients, and participate in the teaching of residents, along with one of the six spine surgeons (Drs. Khoueir, Jodoin, Labelle, Mac-Thiong, Maurais, Parent).
At the paediatric hospital, emphasis is placed on the treatment of spinal deformity and spondylolisthesis. Training at the Level-1 trauma adult hospital encompasses a wide variety of spinal pathology, including trauma, deformity, tumours, and degenerative diseases of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. The fellows will also gain exposure with the attending staff in the neurosurgical departement. Fellows will be exposed to both anterior and posterior approaches, as well as minimally invasive techniques such as thoracoscopy and minimal access surgery.
Typically, the fellows will spend 2 days in the OR, 2 days in the clinic, and one full day for research. Weekly didactic educational conferences are also scheduled. Each fellow will participate in at least one clinical research project under the supervision of one of the three spine clinician-scientists. Basic science (imaging, biomechanics or molecular biology) research projects are also available. Applicants committed to an academic track will be highly considered.