About the ACPNF
Considering Pediactric Neurosurgery
List of Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship Programs
The Fellowship Match in Pediatric Neurosurgery
Application Process for ACPNF Fellowship Accreditation


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Pediatric Neurosurgy Fellowship

Considering a career in pediatric neurosurgery?

Pediatric neurosurgery focuses on the care of infants, children and adolescents with neurosurgical disease. In many cases, pediatric neurosurgeons also care for adults with congenital or childhood-onset neurosurgical disease. Because their subspecialty is primarily defined by patient age, pediatric neurosurgeons enjoy the opportunity to take care of all types of neurosurgical problems, including tumors, trauma, craniofacial disorders, management of congenital malformations, vascular disease, epilepsy and other functional neurosurgery. Many current technologies in neurosurgery were developed in the pediatric arena, such as neuro-endoscopy and the treatment of spasticity. Fetal neurosurgery is an example of a new technology that exists only within pediatrics.

Pediatric neurosurgeons enjoy the opportunity to have long-term relationships with their patients, as each child with its family is followed over a period of years. This feature of a pediatric neurosurgeon's practice is particularly rewarding.

Pediatric neurosurgery is practiced in both academic and community-based settings across North America. Today, the majority of individuals practicing full time pediatric neurosurgery completed fellowships after residency training. The ACPNF exists to establish and maintain criteria for accrediting those fellowship programs that ultimately lead successful candidates on a path to certification by the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Are you interested in applying for a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship?

The Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowships (ACPNF) requires that an applicant must be a graduate of an accredited neurosurgical residency training program in the United States or Canada before beginning fellowship training. This in keeping with the certification requirements set forth by the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery.

Applicants must contact a fellowship program and make application prior to the Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship Match which occurs in early December each year. Most programs require a visit as a part of the application process. The fellowship program directors can be contacted directly to arrange for a visit and an application.

For more information contact:
Cormac O. Maher, MD
ACPNF Chairman
Douglas L. Brockmeyer, MD
ACPNF Secretary