Rhinology/Skull Base Fellowship
OVERVIEW OF FELLOWSHIP
The Fellowship in Rhinology, Sinus, and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) is a one-year training program designed to provide general otolaryngologists with advanced training in the medical and surgical management of a broad range of disorders affecting the nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, and cranial base.
DESCRIPTION OF FELLOWSHIP
Goals and Objectives for Training
Clinical rotations in the operating room are primarily with Drs. Eloy and Liu (see weekly schedule below). However, additional opportunities to perform rhinology cases with Dr. Kalyoussef during the course of the year are available. A 3 month once weekly allergy rotation with Dr. Saporta is available. Otherwise, all clinic rotations are solely with Dr. Eloy, at the Doctors Office Center. The fellow also has a half day general otolaryngology clinic of his/her own every other week at the Ambulatory Care Clinic (ACC) of University Hospital. The opportunity to attend ophthalmologic clinic with Drs. Langer and Turbin also exists. A mixture of issues which include the appropriate radiographic and afferent/efferent evaluation of the ocular, visual, adnexal, and oculomotor system, as well as adequate perioperative evaluation of shared cases of Graves orbitopathy, skull base tumors, orbital/paranasal sinus lesions, and management of ophthalmologic complications of rhinologic, endoscopic skull base, and trauma cases can be pursued.
Research Activities and Responsibilities
The Division of Rhinology, Sinus, and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery is among the most academically dynamic in the nation. Since 2009, the division has been responsible for more than 220 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Fellows will be provided with ample opportunities for research and publication. They will be able to actively participate in study design and lead teams of highly motivated medical students and residents. One academic day will be protected weekly for academic and research activities. Research projects, appropriate for presentation at one of several national otolaryngologic meetings and suitable for publication in peer reviewed journals, are mandated. A variety of anatomic and clinical research projects are available under faculty supervision. There will be a yearly travel stipend for meetings at which the fellow is presenting a manuscript. Opportunities for publication in book chapters, monographs, and other forms of media, will also be available.
Fellows will benefit from a high-volume rhinology and endoscopic skull base practice. Fellows are expected to complete their training with more than 300 cases per year. Typically, the division performs on average more than 500 endoscopic sinus and skull base cases per year. Fellows gain hands-on experience in all aspects of surgical rhinology, including:
Medical Management of Rhinologic Disorders
Fellows will participate in outpatient care in both a private office and clinic setting. Fellows will participate in the medical management of rhinologic disorders, in addition to participating in the preoperative evaluation and postoperative care of patients undergoing surgery. Training in office-based procedures, such as balloon sinuplasty, will be provided. Fellows will participate in clinical rotations with Dr. Saporta and the Rutgers NJMS Division of Allergy/Immunology in order to gain exposure to the field of rhinologic allergy.
Supervisory and Patient Care Responsibilities
The degree of faculty supervision is dependent on the fellow’s previous surgical experience as a resident. It is expected that the fellow has completed the minimal requirements for practicing Otolaryngology in the U.S. This includes having a fundamental grasp of basic endoscopic endonasal surgical skills to perform uncomplicated endoscopic ethmoidectomies, maxillary, sphenoid, and frontal sinusotomies. To this end, the fellow is required to assist the faculty in the training of residents on basic sinus cases and other general otolaryngology procedures. Patient care is restricted to the hospital and outpatient clinics listed below. The fellow will assist the faculty on their private rhinology and endoscopic skull base cases, and actively participate in the care of University Hospital otolaryngologic patients that are seen in the ACC general ENT Clinic or operated on in the University Hospital operating rooms.
Fellows are expected to participate in resident education in the clinic, operating room, and lecture hall setting. In addition to giving one formal grand rounds presentation, fellows will be responsible for delivering three lectures geared toward resident education. The fellow will also proctor two journal clubs in rhinology/skull base surgery.
Salary and Fringe Benefits
The fellow’s salary and benefits commensurate with the Rutgers NJMS/University Hospital PGY-6 level. Fellows are allowed 4 weeks of vacation per year. Housing and transportation are not provided.
Requirements for Appointment
Applications are reviewed in the winter/spring for a position beginning July 1 of the subsequent year. Selected applicants are invited to travel to New Jersey for an individual interview with the faculty, and spend time with our current fellow, observing his/her surgical skills and interactions with the faculty, staff, and residents. The interview is a 2 day commitment. (Note that this position has been filled for the academic year starting July 1, 2015).
Application DeadlineFebruary 1
Jean Anderson Eloy, MD, FACS
Professor and Vice Chairman
Director, Rhinology and Sinus Surgery
Director, Otolaryngology Research
Co-Director, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Program
Neurological Institute of New Jersey
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