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 mentorship of Ashli K. O’Rourke, M.D. The fellow will also work with Lucinda A. Halstead, M.D. 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

The entire spectrum of voice, swallowing and airway disorders will be covered. Areas of emphasis include professional voice care and neurolaryngology, endoscopic and open airway management and swallowing disorders. Extensive experience will be offered with office-based procedures, including: laser use, injection augmentation, serial intralesional steroid injections for airway stenosis, electromyography, botulinum toxin injections, high resolution manometry, pH-impedance monitoring, videofluoroscopic swallowing evaluation and transnasal esophagoscopy.

The fellow will spend approximately two days per week in the operating room, 2.5 days per week attending clinics. 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, and research activities.

Research Component

The fellow will be expected to contribute to ongoing clinical projects and produce one publication for the year.

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.