It is estimated that currently there are less than 300 surgeons in America who are credentialed in, and have a focus in lower extremity peripheral nerve surgery, which is composed primarily by Podiatric Surgeons. The Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons (AENS) was founded in the early 2000’s with the goal of becoming a society to promote the collaborative study and development of medical research regarding the treatment of extremity nerve disease. Membership is inclusive of MD, DO, DPM, PhD, and medical students interested in furthering the dissemination of current knowledge and development of basic medical research in peripheral nerve disease. AENS has established a “Fellow” status for members of the society who have completed specialty training and has at least 2 years or more of peripheral nerve surgery case experience unless the individual has completed an AENS designated lower extremity peripheral nerve surgery fellowship program. There are approximately 85 Fellows in the AENS. Upon successful completion of this fellowship, you will have qualified to become a Fellow of the AENS.
(L-R) Drs. Wajdi Nassier and Stephen Barrett
(L-R) Drs. Stephen Barrett and Sequioa DuCasse
Goals and Objectives of the Program
The goal of the Fellowship Program is to produce independent practitioners who are ultimately trained in the global care of the patient with lower extremity chronic pain and peripheral nerve pathology and will be capable of performing peripheral nerve surgical procedures with expert tissue handling. The fellow upon completion of the fellowship will be capable of pursuing an academic career, which would include research.
To achieve this, the Fellowship Program provides a structured training environment with clear goals and objectives and graduated responsibility for clinical care on all rotations and in all care settings. Faculty will provide appropriate supervision of the fellow’s patient care activities.
The Fellowship Program goals and objectives are derived from the following core competencies:
- Medical Knowledge—with specific emphasis in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropharmacology
- Patient Care Skills/ Management
- Expert Diagnosis of Lower Extremity Peripheral Nerve Pathology, with a profound understanding of Central Nervous System factors that interplay with the presenting pathology in the lower extremity.
- Pre-operative and Post-Operative Management
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Practice Based Learning
- System Based Practice
- Research Initiative
The Selection Process
Fellows are chosen through an interview process and must be graduates of a surgical training program accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME). In addition applicants must have three excellent letters of recommendation and be ABPS qualified or certified. One letter of recommendation must be from the applicant’s director of surgery residency program and the two other letters should be from surgeons/teaching attending physicians within the same residency training program. The Fellowship Program will contact each applicant’s residency program to verify successful completion of that portion of his or her training, and usually conduct a telephone interview with the supervising attending or residency director.
All fellows will be required to obtain an applicable Georgia medical license to participate in the fellowship. The application for this license should be submitted no later than February 1stst of the preceding year. This Georgia state licensure is required regardless of any unrestricted licenses the fellow may currently hold.
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