Spine Training and Fellowships

Spine research foundation promotes fellowships in spine surgery through  Is the association of spine surgeons of India – ASSI

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:


  • Two year full time spine fellowship
  • Mostly clinical with some research obligations
  • Fellow works as a Registrar with full clinical responsibility.


  • MS/DNB in Orthopedics or MCh/DNB in Neurosurgery.
  • Active interest in developing spine as a full time specialty.
  • Must have permanent registration with the MCI (Medical Council of India).
  • Strong emphasis on publications and presentations.
  • Must have complete command in English and Hindi with an extra vernacular language skills (preferably in Bengali) an added advantage, though not mandatory.
  • Will have to maintain and submit complete log book and final evaluation form.
  • He has to meet the requisite criteria of minimum presentations/publications during his fellowship.


  • Fixed stipend of Rs. 7,50,000/- per annum funded by Spine Research Foundation
  • Please follow the link for further information : http://www.assi.in/fellowships.php


Spine Research Foundation
44/1 A Ramdhan Mitra Lane
Kolkata – 700004
West Bengal, India
Phone: 7439316251

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