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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2022 Apr 05

DOI: 10.23736/S0390-5616.21.05621-6


language: English

Characterization of neurosurgery fellowship directors: strengths and room for improvement

Parth P. PARIKH 1, Muhammad A. ELAHI 1, Namrata ARYA 1, Keldon K. LIN 1, M. Lane MOORE 1, Naresh P. PATEL 2

1 Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ, USA; 2 Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Phoenix, AZ, USA


BACKGROUND: While many current and aspiring neurosurgeons are looking to supplement their clinical practices with leadership positions, there has not been research characterizing current leadership positions such as fellowship directors (FDs) in neurosurgery to provide insight into objective qualities that distinguish these individuals from the rest of the workforce. This study aims to outline the current characterization of spine, endovascular, pediatric, and stereotactic & functional neurosurgery fellowship directors.
METHODS: A list of accredited neurosurgical fellowship programs located within the US and their respective directors was acquired through the AANS Neurosurgical Fellowship Training Program Directory. This study obtained educational, demographic, institutional, research, and professional background variables through curriculum vitae, institutional profiles, personal websites, emails, and the Scopus database.
RESULTS: Of the 152 FDs analyzed, 143 (94%) were male, 9 (6%) were female, and the mean age was 52.2 ± 8.5 years. The mean Scopus H-index and mean total citations for all FDs was 27 ± 15.7 and 3782.1 ± 4526.7, respectively. Furthermore, the majority of FDs were Caucasian (69.1%), followed by Asian (20.4%), Black or African American (5.3%), and Hispanic or Latino (5.3%). The mean number of years as FD was 8.9 ± 7.2.
CONCLUSIONS: This analysis showed neurosurgery fellowship directors are primarily Caucasian males. Neurosurgery training pedigree seems to play a role in FD attainment. In addition, these directors are largely distinguished by their research productivity. This analysis serves as an insight into the current climate for students aspiring to serve as academic leaders in the field of neurosurgery.

KEY WORDS: Characterization; Demographic; Director; Fellowship; Leadership; Neurosurgery

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