The spine fellowship program is a combined adult and pediatric orthopaedic and neurosurgical spine program offering experience in a comprehensive spectrum of spinal disorders using non-operative and operative interventions. UAB Hospital is the only Level I Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons in the state of Alabama as well as a tertiary referral center for reconstructive spine surgery.

Fellows have progressive responsibilities, including assisting at surgery, teaching residents and serving as first surgeon as skill levels mature. The fellow will be expected to develop and complete their own research project by the end of the fellowship. Fellows graduate the program with a well-rounded trainee experience, typically logging greater than 350 surgical cases during their time with the department. The spine fellow will spend about four days in the operating room and one day in the clinic.  Below are a two graphs illustrating the approximate caseload breakdowns that fellows have experienced in the past.

Spinal Exposure During Fellowship

In addition to a well-rounded case load experience, fellows can expect to participate in the AO Spine Fall Fellows Course and the AO Spine Fellows Research Conference. Applicants from approved orthopaedic or neurosurgical residencies will be considered. 

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