Neurosurgical Spine Fellowships: The Phoenix Model
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Typically, a fellowship in the United States is defined as 1 to 2 years of extra training in a special interest area after a residency has been completed. The fellowship should not fulfill an area of training that was not covered in the residency. Rather, it expands upon the experience obtained in the residency and develops a specialist and/or leader in the particular area of interest. Historically, as medicine has become more complicated and sophisticated, almost by definition, it has become increasingly specialized. Therefore, the natural evolution has been toward subspecialty fellowships. With that in mind, spine fellowships in neurosurgery have been developed throughout the United States over the last several years.
KeywordsSubspeciality training spine fellowship
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