Fellows will be mentored by select spine surgeons at accredited, academic institutions, in the US and Europe. Each institution will bring unique aspects to the fellowship experience depending upon the clinical focus and the expertise of the hosting surgeon. Special interests of the fellows will be taken into consideration by the host institution as well, resulting in a complete and well balanced spinal experience. To that end, IASA will strive to ensure that each incoming fellow has a consistent experience. Therefore, we have required adherence to a basic curriculum from all available institutions consisting of the following:
IASA will cover the following expenses:
Applications should be submitted according to the following deadlines:
Application does not guarantee placement. All applications will be reviewed and voted by IASA Fellowship Committee, and results will be communicated 6-8 weeks following the end of each cycle. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please follow the rules carefully.
Each document should be scanned (not photographed) and saved as one pdf, for a total of six documents. Refer to the application form for more info.
The above scanned pdfs should be submitted to Nazie Dana, IASA Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE
Mentor: Dr. Suken Shah
Shriners Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA
Mentor: Dr. Amer Samdani
Before starting this fellowship report, I would like to thank the Board members of Indo-American Spine Alliance (IASA) for giving me this wonderful opportunity and Ms. Nazie Dana, program director, who organized the fellowship in a very short time with meticulous arrangements, making my journey a pleasant one.
I was interested in Pediatric spine deformity, so I was placed for the first two weeks in Nemours Alfred I. duPont hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, under Dr. Suken Shan, followed by three weeks in Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia under Dr. Amer Fardan Samdani.
I reached Wilmington on 25th February, 2017, and was accommodated in comfortable hotel for 2 weeks. The hotel was very near to the duPont hospital and shuttle was provided for the pickup and drop off. When I met Dr. Suken Shah, he gave me a brief introduction about the hospital and statistics of the outpatient, inpatient, and surgical procedures per year. Dr. Suken explains each and everything about the patient care, his bracing techniques, and pre and post-operative protocols for the scoliosis patients. He explained about the amazing work of nurse practitioner and physiotherapist who do screening/awareness program in the school and community for early diagnosis of scoliosis, and refer the patient to the duPont hospital when necessary. Apart from learning surgical techniques, I felt this was the most important thing which is lacking in our country. This will definitely motivate me to apply myself and go into my surrounding community and teach about scoliosis and create awareness with screening programs.
Dr. Suken’s OR environment has all the modern gadgets which makes the deformity surgeries look easy and more than hundred percent safe. He explained the techniques in scoliosis correction, pontes osteotomy with ultrasound bone scalpel, using O arm guidance and electric bone mill for making the bone grafts. On 2nd March arrangements were made for me to go to Florida along with Dr. Suken and his fellows to attend an International Children Spine Symposium for two days. I was lucky to be there; the course included the didactic lectures on paediatric deformity and hands on cadaveric workshop on VEPTR, magnetic growth rod technique, C1-C2 fixation, SIA fixation techniques and VCR which made my day. The VEPTR and magnetic growth rods were new to me and I learned it with great clarity from the excellent teachers. Thanks to Dr. Suken and Ms. Nazie for the wonderful arrangements in Florida and helping me attend the course successfully.
I delivered a short talk about “Tuberculosis Spine” to the fellows and orthopaedic residents at duPont which was very much appreciated. On the same day in OR, I saw the navigation guided pars repair L5-S1 (Buck’s fusion) done by Dr. Suken followed by another scoliosis surgery in that week. The navigation guided Pars repair was something new I learned from Dr. Suken. On my final day, Friday 10th March, I learnt about the application of mobile halo traction with wheel chair in severe scoliosis deformities. Later that evening it started snowing heavily but I enjoyed it very much. I then shifted to Philadelphia for the next three weeks at Shriners Hospital for Children.
In Philadelphia, I stayed in a fully furnished home shared by medical students of Temple University, in walking distance from the hospital. Every minute detail was meticulously planned by Ms. Nazie by her frequent and prompt emails. On the first day at the Shriners Hospital, Ms. Sharon (Dr. Samdani’s secretary) informed that Dr. Samdani was out of station for the conference. So I was introduced to Dr. Steve Wang and Dr. Joshua Pahys and taken to OR where I observed revision scoliosis surgery and casting techniques for early onset scoliosis.
I met Dr. Samdani the next week (Monday) in the OR for the scoliosis fusion surgery. The most important learning experience was the Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering surgery for the scoliosis done by Dr. Samdani with help of thoracoscopic access surgeon. He explained the portals, various techniques, land marks and all steps of the surgery. On 23rd March, I visited Globus Medicals Cadaveric Lab along with Ms. Nazie where I did a new technique of putting C1 lateral mass screws which I learned in Florida’s conference, Percutaneous Sacroiliac joint fixation, and SAI technique. I was also exposed to various new and advanced Globus implant systems and techniques which was a really wonderful experience and good learning for my career. Heartfelt thanks to Ms. Nazie for arranging it and concluding the day with dinner.
The final week was filled with VEPTR surgery which I saw for the first time in OR with Dr. Samdani. I learned the VEPTR instruments and technique of application in Florida cadaveric workshop for the first time and to my surprise Dr. Samdani got the Revision VEPTR surgery in a scoliosis child. He explained all the current indications, techniques and complications of the VEPTR. This was the best new technique I learned that week apart from tethering surgeries.
I was very happy that IASA fulfilled my Pediatric spine deformity with learning of new technical surgeries from Dr. Suken and Dr. Samdani. Thanks to Dr. Suken and Dr. Samdani for accommodating me in their busy schedule. I thank IASA for making all the arrangements and providing this unique opportunity. I thank Ms. Nazie Dana, program director at IASA, who guided me through the process. I hope I am able to incorporate some of the skills learned in my academic and clinical practice. This fellowship is a significant step in my career to become a Pediatric spine surgeon.
Dr. Yogesh Kumar. B
Tamil Nadu, India