Clinical Education

Clinical Education

Neuro-Oncology Multidisciplinary Brain Tumor Board Meeting

Neuro-Oncology Multidisciplinary Brain Tumor Board Meeting

First-year fellows will:

  • Complete UCNS-board certification requirements
  • Complete UCNS pediatric requirements
  • Participate in clinical training in the inpatient and outpatient settings including continuity clinics for longitudinal management of patients with CNS malignancies
  • Have one-on-one pairing with neuro-oncology faculty who serve as clinical mentors*
  • Have elective time for basic, translational, or clinical research
  • Participate in a didactic curriculum designed annually by program leadership.

*Faculty pairings are evaluated by program leadership every six months in order to provide optimal exposure to different faculty styles, disease specialties, mentorship, and networks.

Fellows that successfully complete the first year of the program will qualify:

  • To sit for the Neuro-Oncology board examination
  • To practice independently
  • To receive chemotherapy certification

The second year is optional, but highly recommended. Second-year fellows will:

  • Refine their patient management skills through longitudinal outpatient clinics
  • Develop advanced neuro-oncology knowledge and exposure to rare neuro-oncologic conditions and complications such as Erdheim-Chester disease, CNS lymphoma, paraneoplastic syndromes, immune therapy-related neurologic complications
  • Participate in two days of outpatient clinic with up to two clinical faculty mentors 
  • Have increased elective time to pursue research and academic interests

The third year is also optional and available to fellows who wish to continue laboratory, translational, or clinical research projects.

Program Didactics

During the first year of the program, clinical opportunities for our fellows are supplemented by a curriculum designed annually for the fellows that showcases core concepts in neuro-oncology, as well as in trial and laboratory-based research. The curriculum features various lectures by MSK’s world-renowned faculty, service chiefs, and premier laboratory investigators. Our program ensures that fellows have a weekly academic day which includes additional practice-based learning with multi-disciplinary case conferences. 

Weekly Conferences

  • Neuro-Oncology Fellow Core Course Conference
  • Clinical Research Protocol Review Meeting
  • Brain Tumor Board
  • Multidisciplinary Brain Metastasis Tumor Board 
  • Cornell Neurology Grand Rounds


  • Neurofibromatosis Conference
  • Pituitary and Skull-Based Tumor Board


  • Brain Tumor Center Seminars - “Neuro-Oncology Grand Rounds”
  • Neuro-Pathology Conference


  • Clinical Research and Methodology Curriculum
  • Communication Skills Training
  • Biostatistics Course
  • Protocol Writing Workshop
  • Cancer Biology Seminar

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