The one year postgraduate education for the pediatric otolaryngology fellow is designed to provide an educational experience with progressively increasing clinical responsibilities. It provides an in depth survey of the subspecialty based on clinical (outpatient clinic and operating room), didactic and research exposure. The program will allow the trainee to expertly diagnose, treat, and manage patients with pediatric otolaryngologic disorders and provide opportunities for increased decision making, clinical duties, and autonomy as the academic year progresses.
The education of the pediatric otolaryngology fellows encompasses the scope of learning objectives proposed by the Fellowship Committee of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology which includes the management of pediatric problems such as congenital anomalies of the head and neck, hearing impairment, genetic and developmental anomalies, swallowing disorders, sinus disease, airway disorders and head and neck tumors is multifaceted.
The philosophy of training in the fellowship program comes in the form of both being the recipient from the attendings and in the form of the provider for the otolaryngology fellows. The pediatric otolaryngology fellow gains initial experience early in their residency by observing the attendings in the out-patient department and assisting the attendings in the operating room. Later in the year the trainee gains expertise in the field of pediatric otolaryngology by acting as the primary or teaching surgeon in more complex surgical cases.
The program ensures that the faculty members have sufficient time to supervise and teach fellows by scheduling times which are free of clinical responsibilities. The attendings incorporate teaching into their normal clinical schedules, which include O.R. and clinic time, as well as daily afternoon teaching rounds with one of the attending.