Clinical Neuro-Oncology Fellowship

Clinical Neuro-Oncology Fellowship

The Clinical Neuro-Oncology Fellowship provides a broad range of experience in the management of children, adolescents and young adults with primary central nervous system (CNS) tumors.

The Neuro-Oncology Fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital was approved in Summer 2014 upon the arrival of Dr. Jonathan Finlay as Director of the Neuro-Oncology Program. Two Neuro-Oncology fellows have graduated thus far; both hold Neuro-Oncology faculty positions at highly-esteemed institutions in the United States (St. Louis University and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital).

The clinical fellowship position is available beginning July 1, but other accommodations may be possible for qualified individuals. The fellowship extends over 12 months, providing exposure to several disciplines.

Located in Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is America's Largest Pediatric Hospital with more than 1.4 million patient visits each year. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is ranked in the top ten nationally in research funding for free-standing children’s hospitals. The Division of Hematology, Oncology and BMT has consistently ranked as a top 10 pediatric cancer program by US News and World Report.

What You Need to Know

Experience

The Neuro-Oncology program provides a broad range multidisciplinary experience in the management of children, adolescents and young adults with primary central nervous system (CNS) tumors. A key component of training is involvement in the development and conduct of early phase clinical trials, including innovative and exploratory feasibility pilots utilizing immunotherapeutic and marrow-ablative strategies (either alone or combined), as well as exposure to ‘cutting edge’ basic and translational neuro-oncology/neuroscience research programs both at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University.

The entire program’s faculty takes part of global outreach at different parts of the world: South America, Asia and Africa. The fellow will be able to attend a multidisciplinary tumor board that is held weekly via teleconferencing with several countries in Central and South America, where several brain tumor cases are presented and discussed. The faculty also receives multiple requests for consultations from many centers around the world, which will help the fellow understand the management of brain tumor patients in areas where resources might be limited.

Curriculum

The curriculum will be flexible in order to accommodate the unique learning needs of the fellowship applicant:

  • Consultations for newly-diagnosed or relapsed patients.
  • Weekly (Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday), continuity clinic with a designated Neuro-Oncology faculty preceptor.
  • Weekly (Tuesday 1-5pm), half-day, protected research time. As described above, within the limitations of a one-year clinical fellowship, fellows will be expected to conduct a secondary database, retrospective or limited translational science research project and prepare it for presentation at a national meeting.
  • Weekly (Tuesday), one-hour, neuro-pathology conference.
  • Monthly (3rd Tuesday/month), spent in Tuberous Sclerosis clinic.
  • Monthly (Wednesday afternoons), half-day, spent in Long-term follow-up clinic.
  • Four (4) week rotation, half-day, spent in Neurosurgery clinic to gain adequate competencies in the neurosurgical management as well as supportive neurosurgical care of brain tumors.
  • Four (4) week rotation, half-day, spent in Radiation Oncology to gain adequate competencies in the simulation and planning of radiation therapy for brain tumors.
  • Eight (8) week rotation, half-day, spent in Neuro-Radiology to gain adequate competencies in understanding the MRI technology as well as interpreting MRIs for brain tumor patients.
  • Actively participate in the weekly Hematology/Oncology patient sign-out (Monday mornings), inpatient rounds (Monday mornings), and the disease team meeting (Thursday afternoons).
  • Actively participate in Friday morning multi-disciplinary tumor board, which constitutes the following subspecialties: Neuro-Oncology, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Neuro-Radiology, and Neuro-Pathology.
  • Present newly-diagnosed and relapsed brain tumor cases in the Hematology Oncology Tumor board (Thursday afternoon).
  • Attend the weekly Latin American Neuro-Oncology multi-disciplinary tumor board via teleconference (Monday afternoon).
  • Per Nationwide Children’s Hospital policy, all 4th year fellows (who did not train for their Hematology Oncology Fellowship at Nationwide Children's) will complete two (2) hours of mandated core content didactic training in Quality Improvement and will demonstrate active participation in an ongoing Neuro-Oncology QI project of their choice.

Duration

Description

One full-day weekly

Neuro-Oncology Continuity Clinic (Fridays)

Half-day weekly

Neuro-Oncology Continuity Clinic (Tuesday or Wednesday)

Half-day monthly

Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic (Wednesday afternoon)

Half-day weekly

Research (Tuesday afternoon)

One hour weekly

Neuro-Pathology Conference (Tuesday afternoon)

One hour weekly

Latin American Neuro-Oncology multi-disciplinary tumor board via teleconference (Monday afternoon).

Half-day weekly x 4 weeks

Neurosurgery clinic

Half-day weekly x 8 weeks

Neuro-Radiology

Half-day weekly x 4 weeks

Radiation Oncology - OSU

Half-day monthly (3rd Tuesday)

TSC clinic

3 weeks

Vacation

2 weeks

Professional time (Attend and present at regional, national and international meetings)

Faculty

Dr. Jonathan Finlay
Program Director
Phone: 614-722-4087
Fax: 614-722-3369
E-mail: Jonathan.Finlay@nationwidechildrens.org

Dr. Mohamed Shebl AbdelBaki
Phone: 614-722-4087
Fax: 614-722-3369
E-mail: Mohamed.AbdelBaki@nationwidechildrens.org

Dr. Diana Osorio
Phone: 614-722-4087
Fax: 614-722-3369
E-mail: Diana.Osorio@nationwidechildrens.org

Eligibility

Eligible applicants must be:

  • Board certified or eligible in Pediatrics
  • Board certified or eligible in either Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT or Child Neurology in the US or Canada upon matriculation
  • Eligible to obtain a State of Ohio medical licensure

Application & Selection

Applications will be accepted from January 1 of the year prior to appointment in July. (i.e. Jan. 1, 2018 for appointment commencing July 2019).

Required Materials:

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Wallet size color photograph
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores

Program Evaluation

Trainees will be evaluated via utilization of the Med Hub System once for each inpatient rotation and quarterly for clinic experiences. Trainees will meet formally with a fellowship review committee (comprised of the Program Directors and another faculty advisor/research mentor) to discuss progress and the overall success of the program in serving their needs on a quarterly basis.

Trainees will also evaluate the program experiences and faculty biannually. Semi-annually, program directors will review anonymous feedback data.

After successful completion of the program, the Neuro-Oncology fellow will receive a certificate of completion.

Contact

Jonathan L. Finlay, MB ChB FRCP
Program Director
Phone: (614) 722-4087
Fax: (614) 722-3369
Email: Jonathan.Finlay@NationwideChildrens.org

Marcie Sparks
Program Coordinator
Phone: (614) 722-3553
Fax: (614) 722-3699
Email: Marcie.Sparks@NationwideChildrens.org