Fellowship in Laryngology

The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina offers a one-year non-accredited fellowship in Laryngology under the directorship of Ashli K. O’Rourke, M.D. The fellow will also work with Lucinda A. Halstead, M.D., and Kirsten Meenan, MD. The fellowship offers comprehensive training in the specialty of laryngology to prepare the fellow for practice as a subspecialty-trained Laryngologist. Fellows will be expected to participate in the education of residents and medical students. The fellow will have graduated responsibility throughout the year, with an opportunity for increasing independence with advancing technical skill level and familiarity with the procedures. Salary and benefits are commensurate with a PGY-6 level.


Clinical Component

At MUSC, our Laryngology program delivers a comprehensive spectrum of specialized expertise. We take pride in our distinctive offerings, such as our professional voice initiative, forged through a unique collaboration with the College of Charleston and the esteemed International Spoleto Festival. Moreover, our focus on dysphagia and reflux training is one of the most advanced in the country, ensuring a thorough understanding and skill set in techniques like videofluoroscopy, transnasal esophagoscopy, pharyngoesophageal manometry, and pH testing. We offer in-depth experience with complex airway issues, encompassing both endoscopic and open approaches. Our curriculum also emphasizes practical experience in a range of office-based procedures. This includes laser procedures, injection augmentation, serial intralesional steroid injections for airway stenosis, electromyography, botulinum toxin injections, and unsedated esophageal dilation.

The fellow will spend one to two days per week in the operating room, and 2.5 to 3.5 days per week in clinic. The caseload is over 1,000 operative cases and 4,200 clinic visits per year. The fellow will round and participate in all inpatient care. The fellow will participate in the attending otolaryngology call pool rotation.

This fellowship encompasses all aspects of laryngology and incorporates complex cases from our Head and Neck Surgery Division. The fellow will be expected to attend all major cases and participate in daily rounds, teaching sessions, weekly conferences (including weekly Laryngology Rounds and Head and Neck Tumor Board), and research activities.

Research Component

The fellow will be expected to contribute to ongoing clinical projects and produce one publication for the year. There is practical and funding support for research activities.

Educational Component

Fellows are expected to participate in and help deliver departmental didactic activities focusing on laryngology.


Eligible applicants will have completed a residency program in Otolaryngology before the scheduled start date. The applicant should be BC/BE in Otolaryngology. A South Carolina medical license must be obtained prior to the fellowship year as well as VA privileges.