Pediatric neurosurgery team at the University of Colorado
The Pediatric Neurosurgery fellowship is designed to build upon the skills and knowledge acquired in general residency in Neurosurgery with strong and consistent emphasis on the very special disorders and management of neurosurgical problems in children. The Children’s Hospital has the most comprehensive pediatric neurosurgical program in the Rocky Mountain region. Drs. Michael H. Handler, Corbett Wilkinson, Todd Hankinson and Brent O’Neill, our fellowship-trained and board certified pediatric neurosurgeons have more than 40 years of combined experience and focus solely on children.
The Pediatric Fellowship training program of University of Colorado Denver is a one year program certified by the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships. The fellow is based at The Children’s Hospital of Colorado, on the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado. Application for the fellowship is through the San Francisco match program for Pediatric Neurosurgery (https://www.sfmatch.org/SpecialtyInsideAll.aspx?id=14&typ=1&name=PediatricNeurosurgery). Enrollment in and successful completion of a North American neurosurgical residency training program is required.
In addition, we host one international fellow each year chosen apart from the match, a fully trained and practicing neurosurgeon from outside the U.S.A. who wishes to augment his or her training with experience here. One resident from the University in Neurological Surgery is assigned full-time to the Children’s Hospital at a time. We are joined by fourth-year neurosurgical residents from the Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Illinois who come for a 6 month rotation.
The fellow will be involved in patient care throughout training. The fellow has a half-day clinic for consultations, pre- and post-operative evaluations, and follow-up patients. The inpatient activities include seeing inpatient consults and very active involvement in the pre-operative, operative, post-operative and non-operative management of pediatric neurosurgical patients. The fellow will scrub into operations being done by the attending pediatric neurosurgeons. Provision can be made for the fellow to have protected time to support a strong research interest.
The fellow will be expected to attend all teaching/educational conferences and programs of the pediatric neurosurgical service, and many of the educational activities of the Department of Neurosurgery. The fellow will be expected to present at many of these.