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Neurosurgical Fellowship

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Curriculum | Faculty | Application

Educational Mission The University of Wisconsin Department of Anesthesiology aims to provide outstanding advanced clinical and didactic instruction and research opportunities in all aspects of neurosurgical anesthesia and neurophysiologic monitoring.

Program Overview

  Number of Positions: 2

  Length of Training: 12-24 months (individualized combinations of clinical neuroanesthesia and neuroscience research experience)

Clinical Fellowship (twelve months)

  1. An eight month rotation in the neurosurgical Operating Room providing supervision of anesthesia for a variety of complex neurosurgical procedures including cerebral aneurysm clipping, supratentorial and posterior fossa craniotomy for tumor removal, awake craniotomy, epilepsy surgery, surgery for occlusive cerebrovascular disease, and pediatric neurosurgical procedures.
  2. A one month rotation in the Department of Neurology with emphasis on electromyography (EMG) and electro-encephalography (EEG). Fellows will attend EMG and EEG clinics and participate in the performance and interpretation of diagnostic EMG and EEG studies.
  3. A one month rotation in the Department of Neurology with emphasis on electromyography (EMG) and electro-encephalography (EEG). Fellows will attend EMG and EEG clinics and participate in the performance and interpretation of diagnostic EMG and EEG studies. Didactic sessions on the fundamental principles of electromyography are provided.
  4. An optional one month elective rotation at another academic medical center to gain in-depth experience in intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring (IOM).
  5. A one month rotation in the Department of Neurosurgery focusing on the preoperative and postoperative management of patients in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit. Emphasis is placed on the management of patients with elevated intracranial pressure, intracranial vasospasm, spinal cord trauma, and severe head injury.
  6. A one month rotation in neuroradiology with emphasis on neuroangiography, endovascular embolization of cerebral aneurysms and AVMs, and interpretation of head and spine CT and MRI films.
  7. All clinical fellows are expected to complete at least one clinical research project over the course of the year. Project guidance is provided by the neuroanesthesia staff, and a one month period is provided for elective reading and completion of the research project.


Research Fellowship (12-24 months)
The research fellowship track offers an opportunity to obtain basic research training in preparation for a career in academic neuroanesthesiology. The combination of clinical and research time can be tailored to the needs of the individual applicant.

The Department of Anesthesiology has several NIH funded projects in the fields of neurophysiology and neuropharmacology currently under the direction of Robert Pearce M.D., Ph.D., Department Chair.

For more information contact:
Kenneth Van Dyke MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Neuroanesthesiology Fellowship Director
University of Wisconsin Department of Anesthesiology
B6/319 University Hospital and Clinics
600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53792-3272
(608) 263-8100