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.
Please contact NASBS Executive Director, Paula Kupiec, at firstname.lastname@example.org to make edits or to add a fellowship listing. To apply for Fellowship training, please contact the program directly.
|Title of Fellowship||University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston|
|Contact Name for Applications||Martin J. Citardi, MD|
|Date Fellowship Established||07/15/2009|
|Fellowship Director||Martin J. Citardi, MD|
Amber Luong, MD, PhD
|Required Prior Training Program|
|Required Prior Training Program Other||NA|
|Accept Foreign Medical Graduates (outside US & Canada)||Yes|
|Foreign Medical Graduates Eligibility Requirements|
Ideally, foreign medical graduates will be eligible for a full Texas medical license.
H1B visa is preferred; J1 visa holders will be considered.
All foreign medical graduates should apply through the SF Match application process.
|Residency Training in US/Canada Required||No|
|Percentage of Fellow Workload that is Skull Base||40%|
|Number of Fellows Accepted Per Year||1|
|Salaried Position||Yes- contact Program Director for more information|
|Night and Weekend Call||Yes|
|Estimated Nights Per Month||3|
|Open Cranial Base|
|Endonasal Cranial Base|
|Sagittal Plane (excluding pituitary)||20|
|Transpterygoid/ Coronal Plane||10|
|Craniofacial Anomalies/ Reconstructive|
|Regional, Pedicled Flap Repair||20|
|Cerebral Vascular Surgery|
|Laboratory Research Opportunities|
Dr. Luong leads a translational research effort focused on the mechanisms of CRS, especially CRSwNP and AFRS.
|Fellowship Institution Website||uth.edu|
2018-2019: Jason Talmadge, MD
2017-2018: Alok Saini, MD Assistant professor, University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
|Additional Features of the Fellowship|
Overview of Fellowship
Important Update: We have received provisional recognition as a Neurorhinology-Advanced Rhinology Fellowship from the American Rhinologic Society.
The fellow works closely with all 3 attending rhinologists in the clinic and operating room. There are no set clinical rotations; however, set assignments assure that the fellow's time is shared among all 3 rhinologists. The fellow assignments are prioritized for participation in more complex revision and skull base cases. Moreover, the assignments will be dynamic to allow fulfillment of the fellow’s clinical interests.
The weekly schedule mirrors the schedule of the attending rhinologists. On average, there are 1.5-2.5 days of OR and approximately 2.0 days of clinic. The remainder of the time is devoted to administration and research.
The fellow participates in the monthly rhinology administrative meeting. In that meeting, research projects, and other administrative issues are actively managed. It is expected that the fellow will develop at least one clinical project and complete most of the work during the course of the fellowship year. Prior fellows have typically developed multiple projects, some which are completed after the fellowship year concludes. Opportunities for bench-top research are present, but the short fellowship precludes active participation at the benchtop.
Diversity of Cases
The fellowship is based in a clinically-integrated academic medical center, and as such, the case complexity is mostly at the tertiary-quaternary level (revision sinus surgery, frontal sinus surgery, allergic fungal rhinosinusitis, CSF leak, benign and malignant tumors). The patients are primarily from the greater Houston area and southeast Texas; patients from other states and countries also seek treatment at TSI/TSBP. Exposure to general ENT and primary/secondary level rhinology is relatively limited.
The fellow participates in the faculty call schedule; currently, the call requirement is approximately 3 days per month. A senior resident and a junior resident are always on call as well. The faculty covers call at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital.
The fellow is an active participant in the monthly rhinology planning meeting, which coordinates efforts of the faculty members, the fellow and residents in research and educational endeavors as well as practice administration (including reimbursement, marketing, reimbursement, et al.).
The fellow participates in the routine academic activities of the department, including grand rounds, teaching conferences, CME courses, etc. All department members attend grand rounds; participation in the other activities is more selective.
|Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST) Accredited||No|
|Fellowship Approved By|
|How to apply|
We participate in the SF Match application process.