This fellowship is a very structured and coveted training program based at Kothari Medical Center in the department of spine surgery. The department does about 1000 spine surgeries a year and consists of 4 consultant spine surgeons – 3 Orthopaedic spine surgeons and one Nero spine surgeon. It also has 2 full time Anesthesiologists who also provide intensive care to critically ill patients as well as work as Pain Physicians. The department also has 2 full time physical medicine specialists and 2 and to full time electrophysiologists.
The selection procedure is through a competitive online entrance examination conducted by the ASSI and after that an open transparent counselling procedure takes place for allocating the centre according to the merit list.
At the end of 2 years, the candidate has to appear for an exit examination which consists of a theory and a practical/oral examination. They also have to submit a thesis project and a detailed log book which will be thoroughly evaluated at the exit examination.
Throughout the fellowship there is a lot of focus on academic involvement with mandatory presentations in conferences and publications in peer reviewed journals. The completion of this 2 year fellowship the candidates are quite confident and proficient in tackling most disorders of spine independently.
The candidate for the long-term fellowship works in the capacity of a clinical registrar in the Department of Spine Surgery and is duty-bound to assist in the operating rooms, go round all admitted patients and see patients in the out patient’s clinic. He has specific targets so far as presentation and publications are concerned. Applications are usually invited/ advertised in April/ May and the selection is over by August. The selected candidate joins from 1st October for a period of 2 years. Following are the details:
Spine Research Foundation
44/1 A Ramdhan Mitra Lane
Kolkata – 700004
West Bengal, India