Fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina offers a one-year fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology established in 2010 under the direction of Clarice S. Clemmens, M.D. Additional clinical faculty include William W. Carroll, M.D., Phayvanh P. Pecha, M.D., and David R. White, M.D. The fellowship provides a comprehensive experience in pediatric otolaryngology with a wide scope of training including complex pediatric airway, otology, head and neck, sinus, and craniofacial procedures. This is a transitional role from resident to faculty member. The pediatric otolaryngology fellow will act as a junior faculty member for routine patient management and procedures. Attending supervision is increased for complicated and advanced procedures, with increasing fellow responsibility as experience and technical skill level dictate. Fellows will directly supervise and instruct all levels of residents in appropriate cases as described above to maximize resident education and hands-on experience. Salary and benefits are commensurate with a PGY-6 level.

Fellows are responsible for reviewing appropriate preoperative information including radiologic, audiologic, and other studies. Fellows will participate in the majority of complex pediatric otolaryngologic procedures including advanced airway procedures, reconstruction of congenital craniofacial deformities, revision rhinologic procedures, excision of complicated neck masses, cochlear implantation, and aural atresia repair. Residents will assist as much as possible in these cases, with the fellow performing portions of the procedure that are beyond the specific resident’s experience or technical skill level. Fellows will round on all inpatients/consults in whose care they assisted, provide assistance to residents as needed, and assist residents in the initial evaluation of complex and acute pediatric otolaryngology consults. Fellows will assist in pediatric otolaryngology faculty clinics when available.

Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in and attend departmental didactic activities and courses including courses in sinus surgery, temporal bone dissection, and pediatric airway surgery. The fellow will actively participate in weekly didactics and will supervise residents conducting pediatric otolaryngology research and quality improvement projects. Fellows are expected to participate in research and complete at least one to two projects for presentation at national meetings.