Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program

Recently surpassing leukemia, childhood brain tumors cause the most cancer-related deaths among children and young adults ages 0-19. The University of Minnesota is uniquely positioned to train the next generation of pediatricians dedicated to improving the care and outcomes of these children, their families and the population at large affected by neuro-oncology disorders. Through taking advantage of our large clinical program with known excellence in clinical care, our compendium of experts with innovative pediatric brain tumor research, and our dedicated philanthropic partners, our program will be one of very few highly specialized programs in the country. Although this speciality is not accredited, it is recognized as an advanced specialty and specialized training is required. With our focus on training academic clinicians, we are creating a pipeline for future Pediatric Neuro-Oncologists to continue this vital clinical care and investigative work.

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Program Overview

The Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program is a one-year program designed specifically for graduates of pediatric hematology-oncology fellowships or related fields. The aim of the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Fellowship is to provide comprehensive advanced training in pediatric brain tumors and other tumors of the nervous system. This fellowship includes rotations in neurology, neuro-psychology, neuro-surgery, radiation oncology, endocrinology, cancer epidemiology and survivorship. The fellow will work under the supervision of the pediatric neuro-oncology staff to diagnose, treat, and provide long-term follow-up for children in both the inpatient and outpatient services. The fellow will also gain experience in phase I and II clinical trials in addition to exposure to basic and translational science research projects conducted by expert faculty within the Masonic Cancer Center’s Brain Tumor Program. The breadth and depth of faculty and researchers at the University of Minnesota connects fellows with mentors across a variety of interests, enabling trainees to develop projects that truly interest them and can spark an academic career improving the lives and outcomes of pediatric brain tumor patients. Ideal candidates will evidence commitment to a rewarding career in academic medicine. A successful graduate is expected to provide the best in patient care, to conduct innovative research leading to new discoveries impacting the care and survival of patients, and to be teachers responsible in turn for training the next generation of physicians and medical professionals in the field. 

Prospective Fellows

Interested applicants should submit a universal application, current curriculum vitae, personal statement, USMLE Score Reports (Steps I, II, and III) and three letters of recommendation (MD/PhD applicants must include a letter from their thesis advisor). Letters should be addressed to the program director and emailed by the letter writer directly to the fellowship coordinator.

The University of Minnesota demonstrates a commitment to leveraging the transformative power of equity and diversity to advance excellence in teaching, learning and community engagement. Applications from individuals who self-identify as members of underrepresented groups are particularly welcome.

Stipend & Benefits

This page provides access to information on stipends and benefits for medical residents & fellows.

Additionally, each medical fellow receives:

  • Funding of the ABP General Pediatrics Certifying Exam, if first time taken is during training
  • At least $1,500 for professional development
  • At least $300 annually in education funds
  • MN medical license, or MN residency permit if ineligible for a MN license
  • AAP membership with subspecialty section membership
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Fellowshi Dates: 2022-2023

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