Advanced Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery

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.

Program Overview

Eligibility
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  1. Applicant must have passed USMLE Step 1, 2CK, 2CS and 3.
  2. Applicant must be eligible for a Florida State Medical License
  3. Applicant must have completed an ACGME or RCPSC accredited residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery including:
         a. 24-52 weeks of surgical base specialty training (PGY 1-2). This may include 4-8 week blocks of: emergency medicine, general surgery or relevant subspecialties,
    internal medicine of relevant subspecialties, plastic surgery, critical care, anesthesiology, or neurosurgery.
         b. 208 – 236 weeks of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery including at least 36 weeks of Head and Neck Surgery.
  4. Applicant must demonstrate proficiency in general medical and surgical management of patients in the acute and ambulatory settings.
  5. Applicant will have a robust foundation of knowledge of benign and malignant diseases of the head and neck, as well as head and neck reconstruction. It is expected that this knowledge base was developed during residency training.
  6. Applicant will have a strong base of experience in head and neck and reconstructive surgery gained thorough residency. A case log may be requested.

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 100 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.

Contact

Nichole Haring
Program Coordinator

Application Process: Head and Neck Fellowship Program

Application Deadline for 2022: January 1, 2023

Start Date: July 1, 2023

Duration: 1-2 years

Salary: post graduate level VI

Licensing Requirements: Florida Medical License is required prior to beginning the fellowship

Fellows Per Year: 1

For more information please refer to the American Head and Neck Fellowship Website

To apply, please send a CV and three letters of recommendation to:

Peter T Dziegielewski
Department: MD-OTOLARYNGOLOGY

Peter T Dziegielewski MD

Associate Professor; Kenneth W. Grader Chair in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology; Chief, Division Of Head & Neck Oncologic And Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery

Fellowship Faculty

Peter T Dziegielewski
Department: MD-OTOLARYNGOLOGY

Peter T Dziegielewski MD

Associate Professor; Kenneth W. Grader Chair in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology; Chief, Division Of Head & Neck Oncologic And Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery
Phone: (352) 273-5199
Dustin Conrad
Department: MD-OTOLARYNGOLOGY

Dustin Conrad MD, FRCSC

Assistant Professor, Division Of Head & Neck Oncology And Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery
Phone: (352) 265-0920
Deepa Danan
Department: MD-OTOLARYNGOLOGY

Deepa Danan MD

Assistant Professor, Division Of Head & Neck Oncology And Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery, Medical Director – Shands ENT Clinic
Phone: (352) 273-5199
Brian B Hughley
Department: MD-OTOLARYNGOLOGY

Brian B Hughley MD

Assistant Professor, Division Of Head & Neck Oncology And Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery, Compliance Director
Phone: (352) 273-5199

Current Fellow

Jared A. Crothers, MD

Jared Crothers

Past Fellows

Mohamed Shama MD 2018-2019

                Position After Fellowship:

                                Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

Tulane University; New Orleans, Louisiana (Academic Practice)

William Reschly MD 2019-2020

                Position After Fellowship:

                                Head and Neck Surgical Oncology & Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery

                                ENT Associates; Clearwater, FL (Private Practice)

Dustin Conrad MD 2020-2021

                Position After Fellowship:

                                Head and Neck Surgical Oncology & Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery

                                University of Florida; Gainesville, Florida (Academic Practice)

Robert Liebman MD 2021-2022

                Position After Fellowship:

                                Head and Neck Surgical Oncology & Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery

                                Memorial Health; Savannah, Georgia (Private Practice)

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