The membership of the North American Skull Base Society (NASBS) is a tremendous resource for the training of fellows, who are the future of the development of our specialty. The society has developed a registry of skull base fellowships that are offered by the society membership.
The society recognizes that we are a diverse and multidisciplinary group comprised of several different specialties, all of whom have significant interest and focus in the management of skull base neoplasia. Likewise, the nature and character of the various fellowships will represent and reflect their differences. In addition, we recognize that there will be variation between individual fellowship experiences resulting from the differences in the preceptor’s approaches and practices.
To post a Fellowship, please go to the Fellowship Registry Entry Form. You must be a member of NASBS to add a Fellowship to the Registry.
To edit an entry, please log in under the Member credentials used to add the entry to the registry and make edits to the listing.
To apply for Fellowship training, please contact the program directly.
If you need assistance or have questions, please contact NASBS Executive Director, Paula Kupiec, at [email protected].
|Title of Fellowship||Vancouver Rhinology, Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship|
|Contact Name for Applications||Dr. Arif Janjua|
|Date Fellowship Established||07/01/2013|
|Fellowship Director||Dr. Arif Janjua|
Dr. Peter Gooderham (Neurosurgery)
|Required Prior Training Program|
|Required Prior Training Program Other||None|
|Accept Foreign Medical Graduates (outside US & Canada)||Yes|
|Foreign Medical Graduates Eligibility Requirements|
The eligible candidate must have sufficient knowledge and technical skills to manage Otolaryngology patients with minimal supervision. The fellowship position requires the applicant to have completed residency training in Otolaryngology and to have successfully passed (or at minimum, be eligible to write) licensing examinations in their country of origin. The fellowship is open to Canadian Otolaryngologists, as well as non-Canadian trained Otolaryngologists who are able to obtain an educational Visa for Canada and an educational medical license for the province of British Columbia.
|Residency Training in US/Canada Required||No|
|Percentage of Fellow Workload that is Skull Base||33|
|Number of Fellows Accepted Per Year||1|
|Salaried Position||Yes - partial funding|
|Night and Weekend Call||No|
|Average Operative Skull Base Cases Per Year||60|
|Open Cranial Base|
|Anterior||Data not available|
|Anterolateral/Infratemporal||Data not available|
|Posterior||Data not available|
|Endonasal Cranial Base|
|Sagittal Plane (excluding pituitary)||20|
|Transpterygoid/ Coronal Plane||5-10|
|Craniofacial Anomalies/ Reconstructive|
|Craniofacial Anomalies/ Reconstructive||Data not available|
|Regional, Pedicled Flap Repair||50 (NSF)|
|Cerebral Vascular Surgery|
|Anatomical Dissection Laboratory|
|Laboratory Research Opportunities|
As desired by fellow.
|Fellowship Institution Website||med.ubc.ca|
Eli Akbari 2013-14
Bassam Hanna 2014-15
Javier Ospina 2015-16
Jaime Viera 2016-17
Vinay Varadarajan 2017-18
Rishi Sharma 2018-19
|Additional Features of the Fellowship|
Approximately 250-300 endoscopic sino-nasal cases per year, including:
|Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST) Accredited||No|
|How to apply|
Applications should be submitted to Dr Janjua, and include the following:
Rolling interviews will be conducted throughout the year (including interviews by web teleconference, where required). Successful candidate may be informed at any point throughout the year. Routinely, decisions about the fellowship position are made at least one year in advance (i.e. September 2019 for a September 2020 start date). This is to allow for adequate time for BC licensure and application to external funding sources.
Applicants are encouraged to visit Vancouver and tour the facilities at any time during the year. Completion of an elective rotation is also encouraged. Visiting physicians must apply to the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons (www.cpsbc.ca) for privileges in order to observe/assist Dr. Janjua in the ambulatory clinics and operating rooms (in any capacity). For those physicians who hold medical degrees from a country in which the first and native language (as well as the language of instruction and patient contact) is not English, completion of the TOEFL examination is mandatory for elective/observership licensing. The licensing process takes at least 6-8 weeks. Although not mandatory, in person visits provide an improved opportunity for discussion about the applicant’s interest and suitability for the fellowship position.
To submit your application or for further information, please contact:
Dr. Arif Janjua, MD FRCS(C)