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||Rhinology, Skull Base and Head & Neck Oncology Fellowship|
|Contact Name for Applications||Ian Witterick|
|Location||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Date Fellowship Established||07/01/1999|
|Fellowship Director||Ian Witterick|
|Required Prior Training Program|
|Required Prior Training Program Other||Successful completion of an otolaryngology - head & neck surgery residency program|
|Accept Foreign Medical Graduates (outside US & Canada)||Yes|
|Foreign Medical Graduates Eligibility Requirements|
All clinical fellows require licensure by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), the body which regulates the practice of medicine in Ontario. A key requirement for the licensure of clinical fellows by the CPSO is that the candidate must be recognized as a medical specialist in the jurisdiction where the candidate has been practicing medicine prior to the clinical fellowship.
Detailed information about basic application requirements for clinical fellows is accessible through the Post MD Education Office website at http://pg.postmd.utoronto.ca
|Residency Training in US/Canada Required||No|
|Percentage of Fellow Workload that is Skull Base||30%|
|Number of Fellows Accepted Per Year||One|
|Salaried Position||Yes- contact Program Director for more information|
|Night and Weekend Call||Yes|
|Estimated Nights Per Month||7 nights every 5 weeks|
|Average Operative Skull Base Cases Per Year||Approximately 200-250 endoscopic sinus surgery procedures/year including endoscopic and open skull base resections for benign and malignant disease. There is significant exposure to complex revision endoscopic sinus surgery, repair of CSF leaks and removal of sinonasal neoplasms. In addition, there is considerable exposure to head and neck oncologic surgery including mucosal, endocrine and salivary disease.|
|Open Cranial Base|
|Anterior||Data not available|
|Anterolateral/Infratemporal||Data not available|
|Lateral (temporal bone)||Data not availanle|
|Posterior||Data not available|
|Endonasal Cranial Base|
|Pituitary/Sella||Data not available|
|Sagittal Plane (excluding pituitary)||Data not available|
|Transpterygoid/ Coronal Plane||Data not available|
|Transtemporal/ Transcochlear||Data not available|
|Middle fossa||Data not available|
|Retrosigmoid||Data not available|
|Craniofacial Anomalies/ Reconstructive|
|Craniofacial Anomalies/ Reconstructive||Data not available|
|Transcervical||Data not available|
|Transoral||Data not available|
|Endonasal||Data not available|
|Cranioplasty||Data not available|
|Regional, Pedicled Flap Repair||Data not available|
|Free Flap Repair||Data not available|
|Gammaknife||Data not available|
|Cyberknife||Data not available|
|Cerebral Vascular Surgery|
|Cyberknife||Data not available|
|Transcranial||Data not available|
|Endovascular||Data not available|
|Anatomical Dissection Laboratory|
Yes there is a Surgical Skills Centre at Mt. Sinai Hospital where cadaveric dissection and simulation can be performed. Fellows participate in a yearly sinus course for residents.
|Laboratory Research Opportunities|
Yes available depending on the interest and background of the fellow.
|Fellowship Institution Website||utoronto.ca|
2021-22 Dr. Neil Arnstead (Canada) – Clinical
|Additional Features of the Fellowship|
Objectives of the Fellowship:
Fellows attend Head & Neck Oncology Rounds (Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm), Head & Neck Fellow’s Rounds (monthly, Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm), Tumour Board Case Conferences (Tuesdays 8-9 am), Sinai Health Resident Rounds (Tuesdays 4:30-5:15 pm) and University of Toronto Grand Rounds (Fridays 7:30-8:30 am).
Fellows have ample opportunity to teach medical students and residents in clinics and the operating room. Fellows also help teach in an annual resident sinus dissection course and have the opportunity to teach in other hands-on courses. The University Department has numerous visiting professor lectures and continuing professional development courses each year that fellows are encouraged to participate in.
In special circumstances, a purely research fellow has been accepted with no hands-on clinical component.
As a condition of their medical educational licensure, clinical fellows must register with the University’s Post MD Education Office. An Orientation Handbook can be downloaded from the homepage of the Post MD Education Office’s website at http://pg.postmd.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/OrientationBooklet_WEB.pdf. The Handbook contains useful information for new fellows, including a timeline for the registration process.
|Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST) Accredited||No|
|How to apply|
Send a letter of interest, updated curriculum vitae and the names and contact information including email addresses of three references to Dr. Witterick at the email address below. Personal interviews are recommended as this is a highly competitive fellowship.
Postgraduate training agreements are currently in place between the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and sponsoring agencies from a number of countries, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. Applications for fellowship training from citizens of these countries must reach the Post MD Education Office directly from the sponsoring agency. For details, please consult the Post MD Education Office website at http://pg.postmd.utoronto.ca/applicants/apply-for-fellowship-training/