Fellowship

UF Advanced Head and Neck Surgical Oncology & Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

Background

The University of Florida Department of Otolaryngology welcomes applicants to our fellowship in Gainesville, Florida.

The Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology & Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery is committed to training Otolaryngologists in Advanced Head and Neck Oncologic & Reconstructive Surgery. This is a post-residency program that involves advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck neoplasms as well as the reconstruction of complex head and neck defects following cancer extirpation and trauma.

The fellow will receive a robust experience in the spectrum of head and neck surgery while enjoying the many benefits of North Central Florida living. Click here for more information about living in Gainesville.

Program Overview

Duration

The fellowship is 1 year, but can be extended to 2 years. This can be decided upon on a yearly basis. A minimum of 1 year is required. If the fellow wishes to obtain more surgical experience or perform more research, a second year may be added.

Clinical Experience

The fellow will spend 4-5 days per week in the operating room and 0.5-1 day per week in clinic. Training will include the breadth of head and neck ablative surgery including: advanced mucosal tumor ablation, skull base surgery, thyroid/parathyroid surgery and transoral robotic surgery. Reconstructive training will include regional and microvascular free flaps.

Ablative / Skull Base Surgery
Fellows will participate in at least 300 major ablative / skull base cases. As the skill level of the fellow increases they will be given opportunities to teach cases to residents.

Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS)
The fellow will participate in all TORS cases for oropharyngeal malignancies and carcinoma of unknown primary.

Endocrine Surgery
Fellows will participate in simple and complex thyroid and parathyroid cases.

Trauma
To enhance bony reconstructive skills, fellows will participate in and teach maxillofacial trauma cases to residents.

Microvascular Free Flap Surgery
The fellow will operate with faculty and receive increased independence as their skill level increases. It is expected that the fellow will participate in a minimum of 80 free flaps such as radial forearm, anterolateral thigh, fibular, scapula, and lattisimus dorsi flaps.

Head and Neck Tumor Board
Fellows will attend a weekly multidisciplinary head and neck oncology tumor board. This will facilitate complete treatment planning for head and neck cancer cases.

Clinic
The fellow will participate in supervised clinics and run an independent clinic, from which he/she may book surgical cases.

Courses

Fellows will have an opportunity to supplement their training with courses such as Microvascular Bootcamp, TORS Master Course, and AO-CMF courses.

Research

Clinical and translational research projects will be available to the fellow. It is expected that the fellow will present their work at two meetings and publish at least two first author papers.

Teaching

The fellow will provide some didactic training to residents and students and be involved in supervising residents in the operating room. They will also be involved in teaching and head and neck anatomy course.