Otology-Skull Base Surgery Fellowship

OTOLOGY - SKULL BASE SURGERY FELLOWSHIP
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Fellowship Name

Otology – Skull Base Surgery

General Description

The Neurotology Fellowship program at the Sunnybrook campus of the SHSC has produced 30 clinical and research fellows since its inception. It is the largest program of its kind in Canada focused in clinical care and clinical research. This program is tailored for those who wish to acquire skills as a tertiary referral Otologist/Neurotologist. We expect candidates to have already received adequate training in general otolaryngology, in particular, general otology. The amount of surgical responsibility is commensurate with previous experience and proven surgical skills.

Fellowship Type
(Clinical %, Research %)

20% Clinical, 80% Research (First year)
80% Clinical, 20% Research (Second year, if applicable)

Fellowship Director(s)

Dr. Joseph Chen
Dr. Vincent Lin

Objectives

The “Fellow” will receive advanced training in all areas related to the clinical, surgical and academic aspects of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery. This will be achieved by the following job description:

Surgical exposure (3 days/week):
1. Skull base procedures-Acoustic neuroma, meningioma, Facial Neuroma, etc.(approx. 50)
2. Cochlear implantation-facial recess approach(approx. 180).
3. Stapedotomy (graduated responsibility-approx. 50+)
4. Advanced temporal bone surgery(graduated responsibility)
5. Use of temporal bone lab facility-as per availability of TB.

Clinical exposure and responsibility (1.5 day/week):
1. Attend specialty clinics (cochlear implant, facial nerve, Dizziness)
2. Attend Supervisors’ clinics (1/2 day per week)
3. Conduct Dizziness clinics(1 day/wk)

Teaching responsibility:
1. Lecture (management of the dizzy patient) to clinical clerks -6X/yr
2. Assist in conducting practical exams - 4/yr
3. Presentation of Grand Rounds -1/yr
4. Presentation of hospital rounds -2/yr
5. Assist in teaching temporal bone dissection course for residents -1 wk/yr
6. Assist in running temporal bone dissection course (CME)
7. Resident teaching 4X/yr

Research Responsibility:
1. 4 clinical projects in areas of Neurotology-Skull Base Surgery
2. Minimum of 2 presentations at a national or international meeting Triologic Eastern Section Triologic Combined Spring meeting (COSM) Canadian Society of OTL(CSO)
3. One day per week dedicated research time(+ after hours)

Principal Locations

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Trillium Health Partners

Duration of Fellowship

One year with possibility of extension

Number of Fellows Accepted Per Year

1-2

Accept Foreign Medical Graduates

Yes

Foreign Graduate Eligibility Requirements

Because they have patient contact, all clinical fellows require licensure by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), the body which regulates the practice of medicine in Ontario. A key requirement for the licensure of clinical fellows by the CPSO is that the candidate must be recognized as a medical specialist in the jurisdiction where the candidate has been practicing medicine prior to the clinical fellowship.

Detailed information about basic application requirements for clinical fellows is accessible through the Post MD Education Office website at http://pg.postmd.utoronto.ca/

Annual Stipend/Salary

Canadian Fellows: Salary plus grants and scholarships.
International Fellows: Department stipend.

Additional Benefits
(e.g. meetings, housing)

Partial funding is available based on income generated through ambulatory care clinics.

On Call Responsibilities

First call - only in case of special situations whereby a resident staff is not available(no more than 10/yr)
Second Call - Occasional nights and weekends for Drs. Chen/Lin.

Application Deadline       

December of the preceeding year.

Decision Deadline

Offer is made 18 months in advance of start date.

Additional Features of the Fellowship

Resource Persons:
Drs. Alain Dabdoub, PhD (Director of Sonja Koerner Hearing Regeneration Initiative), Andrew Dimitrijevic, PhD (Cochlear Implant Electrophysiology Researcher), Trung Le, PhD (Clinician Investigator), David Shipp, MSc (Coordinator-Cochlear Implant Program)

Resource Facilities:
Cochlear Implant Electrophysiology Research Laboratory
Temporal Dissection Laboratory
Surgical Skills Laboratory-Sinai Health System

How to Apply

1. Graduate of an accredited medical school and OTL training program.
2. Three letters of reference(eg. chairman, program director, supervisor, etc)
3. A curriculum vitae deemed appropriate for the position.
4. Pre-fellowship assessment (4 wk) of medical and clinical skills supervised by the University of Toronto

Postgraduate training agreements are currently in place between the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and sponsoring agencies from a number of countries, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. Applications for fellowship training from citizens of these countries must reach the Post MD Education Office directly from the sponsoring agency. For details, please consult the Post MD Education Office website at http://pg.postmd.utoronto.ca/applicants/apply-for-fellowship-training/

Contact Information for Applicants

Dr. Joseph Chen
Otolaryngologist-in-Chief
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
joseph.chen@sunnybrook.ca
Tel: 416-480-4140

Previous Fellows

 

2016-17 Dr. George Kurien
2015-16 Dr. Euna A Hwang
2014-15 Dr. Ohad Hilly
2013-14 Dr. Jafri Kuthubutheen
2012-13 Dr. Christoph Arnoldner
2011-12 Dr. Shu-Na Li
2010-12 Dr. Hosam Amoodi
2010-11 Dr. Paul Mick
2009-10 Dr. Simon Greenberg
2008-09 Dr. Jordan Hochman
2007-08 Dr. Heng-Wai Yuen
2006-07 Dr. Daniel Bodmer
2005–06 Dr. Vincent Lin
2004–05 Dr. Andrew Marshall
2003–04 Dr. Ronan Perez
2001–02 Dr. Eytan David
2000–01 Dr. Gerard Chee
1999–00 Dr. Daniel Kaplan
1998–99 Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Abidi
1996–97 Dr. Stephen Hone
1995–96 Dr. Dermot Commins
1994–95 Dr. Mohammad Alzuwayed
1993–94 Dr. Jennifer Anderson|
1992–93 Dr. Charlotte Chiong
1990–92 Dr. David Schessel
1990–91 Dr. Gaetan Fradet
1989-90 Dr. Graham Bryce
1998–99 Dr. Andrew Pfleiderer
1987-88 Dr. Brian Blakley
1986–87 Dr. John McGath

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