One Month Spine Fellowships for Individuals

Applications for Winter 2018 will be accepted starting June 15, 2017.

Dr. Anupreet Bassi with his mentor, Dr. Sashin Ahuja, University Hospital Llandough, Cardiff

Dr. Anupreet Bassi with his mentor, Dr. Sashin Ahuja, University Hospital Llandough, Cardiff


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:

  • – Attend weekly departmental conferences (grand rounds, research, morbidity and mortality, education, etc.) at hosting institution
  • – Observe and participate in clinical patient evaluation
  • – Observe various spine surgeries as scheduled at least 2 days per week
  • – Participate in rounds and post surgery follow-up
  • – Exposure to multiple senior surgeons in the hosting institution


Dr. Sumit Sural with Dr. Amer Samdani

Dr. Amer Samdani with his IASA Fellow, Dr. Sumit Sural at Shriner’s Hospital in Philadelphia.

IASA will cover the following expenses:

  • – Roundtrip airfare
  • – Lodging
  • – Stipend for meals and local transportation
  • – Temporary health care coverage


Application procedure

Applications should be submitted according to the following deadlines:

  • For Winter Fellowship (January, February, March) – application deadline of July 15
  • For Spring Fellowship (April, May, June) – application deadline of October 15
  • For Summer Fellowship (July, August, September) – application deadline of January 15
  • For Fall Fellowship (October, November, December) – application deadline of April 15


Application does not guarantee placement. All applicants will be contacted 6-8 weeks following the deadline of each cycle with the review results. Applications should include:

  1. IASA Spine Fellowship application – Please print and complete legibly. Save as one pdf document.
  2. Spine Surgery Log Book – Save as one pdf document.
  3. CV – A pdf document in font not larger than 12 points. Save as one pdf document.
  4. Two faculty recommendations – These should be from surgeons who have mentored you during your ortho or neuro residency or spine fellowships. They should be printed on letterhead, dated, signed, and stamped by the recommending surgeon. Save as one pdf document.


Adherence to the above guidelines is of utmost importance. All applications will be reviewed and voted by IASA Fellowship Committee. Application for the IASA Fellow from ASSI will be reviewed and voted by ASSI President and Secretary as well.

NOTE: All applications should be accompanied by scanned (not photographed) documents in pdf, one file per document (total of four documents), emailed to Nazie Dana, IASA Program Director, at:

Questions? Feel free to contact me at the above email address.

Download Application


My fellowship report
June 2015 IASA Spine Fellow

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Mentor: Dr. Rakesh Patel, Dept. of Orthopedics

Dr. Rakesh Patel and Dr. Neeraj Gupta

Dr. Rakesh Patel with his IASA Fellow, Dr. Neeraj Gupta

I was delighted when I found out I had been selected for IASA spine fellowship for the month of June2015. All the necessary VISA formalities and health insurance was taken care by IASA. Thanks to Nazie for assisting in each and every step. I was informed that I was going to University of Michigan and my mentor was Dr. Rakesh Patel.

I reached Michigan on 2nd June at around 7 pm and was picked at the Detroit airport. I was dropped at my apartment which was around 20 minutes away in Ann Arbor. Coincidently, my apartment was above an Indian restaurant which made me feel at home. It was a nice apartment and my home for the next 30 days.

I reached the Department of Orthopaedics and Spine surgery at the Taubman Centre, University of Michigan, on 3rd June at 7.30 a.m. I was welcomed there by Dr. Patel and the departmental staff. Linda, the department secretary was very helpful when I arrived. On the first day I was taken to Operating room (OR) by Dr. Patel. I observed a case of Minimally Invasive Discectomy & Decompression. In the following days my schedule was divided and I was both in clinics and in OR with Dr. Patel. I also got the opportunity to work with neurosurgeons Prof. La Marca and Prof. Paul Park. They were kind enough to explain each and every step of the variety of spine procedures I observed.

I also got the opportunity to work with Prof. Frances Farley who was heading the department of Pediatric Orthopaedics. I saw a number of cases of spine deformity correction and learned many new techniques. She was very friendly and was very fond of movies. She would always discuss with me famous Indian movies which were popular in the US! I also had a chance to go to the department of Pain Medicine where I learnt injection techniques. So altogether, it was a great experience working and learning at the University of Michigan.

IASA also arranged my registration for a cadaveric course on ‘Achieving Spinal Balance’ in California. All my air-tickets and registration for the event were taken care by IASA. Special thanks to Nazie and IASA for this courtesy. I went to Chicago one weekend and saw the beautiful city. In between, I was taken out to lunch by Dr. Patel to a very good restaurant.

At the end I was given a farewell dinner by Dr. Patel, Prof. La Marca and Prof. Park. It felt like a family in my one-month stay in Ann Arbor. I enjoyed every bit of this fellowship.

Thanks, IASA.
Dr, Neeraj Gupta
New Delhi