The University of Minnesota’s Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program is seeking applicants for their 2023-24 academic year. All applicants should have completed a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship program by the start of our program, being board eligible or board certified.
Recently surpassing leukemia, childhood brain tumors cause the most cancer-related deaths among children and young adults aged 0-19. The University of Minnesota is uniquely positioned to train the next generation of pediatricians dedicated to improving the care and outcomes of these children, their families and the population at large affected by neuro-oncology disorders. Through taking advantage of our large clinical program with known excellence in clinical care, our compendium of experts with innovative pediatric brain tumor research, and our dedicated philanthropic partners, our program will be one of very few highly specialized programs in the country. Although this specialty is not accredited, it is recognized as an advanced specialty and specialized training is required. With our focus on training academic clinicians, we are creating a pipeline for future Pediatric Neuro-Oncologists to continue this vital clinical care and investigative work.
The Division started fellowship recruitment in 2021, our first fellow moving on from our very own Pediatric Hematology/Oncology program. The Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program is a one-year program designed specifically for graduates of pediatric hematology-oncology fellowships or related fields. The aim of the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Fellowship is to provide comprehensive advanced training in pediatric brain tumors and other tumors of the nervous system. This fellowship includes rotations in neurology, neuro-psychology, neuro-surgery, radiation oncology, endocrinology, cancer epidemiology and survivorship. The fellow will work under the supervision of the pediatric neuro-oncology staff to diagnose, treat, and provide long-term follow-up for children in both the inpatient and outpatient services. The fellow will also gain experience in phase I and II clinical trials in addition to exposure to basic and translational science research projects conducted by expert faculty within the Masonic Cancer Center’s Brain Tumor Program. The breadth and depth of faculty and researchers at the University of Minnesota connects fellows with mentors across a variety of interests, enabling trainees to develop projects that truly interest them and can spark an academic career improving the lives and outcomes of pediatric brain tumor patients.
The University of Minnesota Pediatric department has a dedicated interest in developing diversity, equity, and inclusion in their programs. All faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in DEI work, with interviewing faculty taking bias training before recruitment season.
For more information on the University of Minnesota’s Pediatric Neuro-Oncology program, please visit our website. The program manual is available on the site, as is a list of previous fellows and where they are located with their current position. Program application requirements are listed on this website as well.