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Should neurointerventional fellowship training be suspended indefinitely?
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    TOO MANY FELLOWS, TOO FEW JOBS: THE AUSTRALIAN REALITY
    • Lee-Anne Slater, Interventional neuroradiology Fellow
    • Other Contributors:
      • Winston Chong, Michael Holt, Ronil V. Chandra

    Dear Dr. Tarr,

    We read with interest the recent editorial by Fiorella et al., entitled "Should Neurointerventional fellowship training be suspended indefinitely?", detailing the potential hazards of neurointerventional (NI) overtraining in the United States (US).1 We face similar issues in Australia pertaining to our own current NI workforce demand and NI trainee employment outlook.

    The landmass of Aus...

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    Are there too many fellowships, or not enough training?

    As a participant in the creation of the original ACGME ESNR fellowship training standards, I read the article concerning fellowship suspension with great interest (1). The paper is timely and thorough. It is unfortunate that the Neurointerventional world is dealing with so many unknowns. We do not seem to know how many we are, where we work, what we do, or where we were trained. The problem is very well summarized at...

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    Abolishing Neurointerventional Fellowship Training: A Reality Check

    Dear Sir:

    I am not a neurosurgeon, neuroradiologist, nor interventionalist. In fact, I am not a regular reader of your journal. However, the article entitled "Should Neurointerventional Fellowship Training Be Suspended Indefinitely?" by David Fiorella, et al., was brought to my attention, unsolicited, by several different medical web sites. I have no objection to the logic and opinions expressed, and actually h...

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    Yes, Neurointerventional Fellowship Training Should Absolutely be Suspended!
    • Kennith F. Layton, Director of Interventional Neuroradiology
    • Other Contributors:
      • Joseph H. Hise, Chief of Radiology

    We would like to add our strong support to the recent editorial by Fiorella, et al. Dr. Fiorella and his colleagues should be congratulated for pointing out the giant elephant in the room. The government, insurers and patients are increasingly demanding more quality, safety and value from the healthcare dollar and, like it or not, we can no longer ignore their pleas. Dr. Fiorella has eloquently shown us with widely ava...

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