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Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship

The Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children is an ACPNF-accredited one-year program. Fellows are trained by nationally respected pediatric neurosurgeons who perform between 615 and 885 cases annually. Fellows are exposed to and access a wide range of pediatric neurosurgical cases in preparation for independent practice or an academic career.  In addition to faculty physicians, fellows work with two residents on service (a PGY 2 resident and a PGY 3 resident).

After a period of training and supervision, participating fellows are granted independent consulting, admitting and operating privileges. Fellows may choose to focus on neurovascular, neuro-oncology, spine or epilepsy/functional subspecialties. IU School of Medicine Pediatric Neurosurgery fellows gain patient care experience at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, which is one of the nation’s premier children’s hospitals. Riley Hospital for Children, part of Indiana University Health Medical Center, is nationally ranked in 10 pediatric specialties—including Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery—by U.S. News and World Report.

The department will pay the registration fee for fellows to take the Recognized Focused Practice (RFP) exam. The exam is recommended for May of their fellowship training year.

Learn more about our Pediatric Neurosurgery specialists

Apply for Fellowship

The application process through SF Match for the Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship begins June 1 and interviews begin July 1.

For more information about the fellowship, please contact Mary Gallagher, director of education for neurosurgery.

fellowship Director
23036-Qaiser, Rabia

Rabia Qaiser, M.D.

Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

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15 fellowship alumni
615 to 885 surgeries per year
4 pediatric neurosurgery faculty

Clinical Subspecialties 

Fellows work alongside four pediatric faculty neurosurgeons and six advanced practice providers at Riley and collaborate with providers in several multi-disciplinary programs, including:
  • Craniofacial
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Cerebrovascular
  • Spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Trauma
  • Congenital Anomalies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spine

Application process

Applicants for this fellowship program must register through the San Francisco Match Program and submit at least three letters of recommendation (from their residency department chair, residency program director and another faculty mentor) along with a current curriculum vitae. Applicants must be residents or graduates of neurosurgical residency programs in the United States that are approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or of neurosurgical residency programs in Canada approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Candidates must also qualify for a state of Indiana unrestricted medical license. The department is unable to accept applicants with an ECFMG Visa.

2024 Application timeline

Interview Start Date  July 1, 2024 
Application Deadline Sept. 15, 2024
Rank Lists Due Oct. 28, 2024
Match Results Released   Nov. 4, 2024