|Title of Fellowship||University of Toronto Rhinology, Skull Base and Head & Neck Oncology Fellowship|
|Contact Name for Applications||Dr. Ian Witterick|
|Fellowship Type||Head and Neck Oncology, Rhinology/Endonasal|
|Location||University of Toronto|
|Year Fellowship Established||1999|
|Fellowship Director||Dr. Ian Witterick|
|Encounter Year Fellowship||The clinical fellowship is for a period of one-year preferably starting on July 1st unless appropriate licensing cannot be obtained prior to that time. The fellowship ends on June 30th of the following year regardless of when the fellow started (unless special arrangements are made).|
|Required Prior Training Program||Otolaryngology|
|Accept Foreign Medical Graduates||Yes|
|Foreign Medical Graduates Eligibility Requirements||Because they have patient contact, 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 PGME Office website at http://www.pgme.utoronto.ca/content/fellowship-training.
|Percentage of Fellow Workload that is Skull Base||30%|
|Number of Fellows Accepted Per Year||One|
|Annual Stipend||$60,000 + support to attend academic meetings and courses as arranged with the Fellowship Director|
|Night and Weekend Call||Yes|
|Estimated Nights Per Month||1 week of call every 5 weeks|
|Estimated Weekends Per Month||1 week of call every 5 weeks|
|Total potential operative skull base cases per year||Approximately 200-250 endoscopic sinus surgery procedures/year plus significant exposure to head and neck oncology cases including endoscopic and open skull base resections for benign and malignant disease.|
|Anatomical Dissection Laboratory||Yes, Surgical Skills Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital|
|Laboratory Research Opportunities||Yes, depending on interest|
|Prerequisite Training Required||Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery residency program, preference given to graduates within 1-2 years of finishing residency|
|US Residency Required:||No|
|Application Deadline||May 15, 2017|
|Decision Deadline||June 15, 2017|
|Fellowship Institution Web Site||http://www.otolaryngology.utoronto.ca/postgrad/fellowship/rhinology.htm|
|Previous Fellows||See website|
|Participating Faculty||Dr. Ian Witterick|
Dr. Allan Vescan
Dr. Eric Monteiro
|Additional Features of the Fellowship||General Description|
The Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital sees a wide variety of complex nasal and sinus problems and head and neck oncologic cases. Dr. Witterick’s and Dr. Vescan’s practices include advanced rhinology, endoscopic and open anterior skull base surgery and head and neck oncologic surgery. Fellows operate at Mt. Sinai Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and the University Health Network. Dr. Witterick does the majority of his endoscopic sinus surgery at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Head and neck oncologic surgeries are performed at Mt. Sinai Hospital and endoscopic and open skull base resections are performed at the University Health Network (Toronto Western Site) in conjunction with Neurosurgery. Fellows attend a multidisciplinary head & neck oncology clinic at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and participate in Tumour Board Case Conferences and Head & Neck Oncology Rounds.
A broad range of open and endoscopic sinus operations are performed including significant exposure to endoscopic revision surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis, benign tumours (e.g. inverted papilloma, angiofibroma) and CSF leak/meningoencephalocele repairs. Experience in endoscopic resection of skull base benign and malignant neoplasms is gained (e.g., esthesioneuroblastoma, meningioma, chordoma). The fellow has significant exposure to endocrine, salivary, and ablative mucosal head & neck surgery.
Rounds and Teaching
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.
|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 PGME Office directly from the sponsoring agency. For details, please consult the PGME Office website at http://www.pgme.utoronto.ca/content/fellowship-training-international-applicants.