Children's National Medical Center offers a one year pediatric otolaryngology fellowship program with training in all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology which will prepare the fellow for a career in academic medicine with an appointment as a staff physician at a major tertiary care children's hospital. This fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
The fellow will have exposure to a wide range of disorders that are encountered in clinical practice, and a large volume of experience will involve the management of middle ear disorders and airway problems. In addition, the fellow will gain experience in diagnosis and management of children with disorders of the paranasal sinuses, congenital abnormalities of the head and neck, craniofacial anomalies, hearing impairment and tumors of the head and neck.
The fellow will gain experience in otologic surgery consisting of tympanoplasty, mastoidectomy, ossicular reconstruction, repair of aural atresia and repair of perilymph fistula.
Experience in endoscopy will include flexible and rigid laryngoscopy, suspension microlaryngoscopy, surgery with the carbon dioxide and KTP laser, bronchoscopy, removal of foreign bodies from upper aerodigestive tract, nasal endoscopy and endoscopic sinus surgery as well as surgical management of complications of acute sinusitis.
Experience in head and neck surgery will include repair of laryngotracheal stenosis, excision of benign and malignant masses in the head and neck, excision of thyroglossal duct and branchial cleft anomalies.
There is an educational relationship with the department of plastic surgery which allows the pediatric otolaryngology fellow to assist and operate with the division chief on many of the patients encountered by the fellow in the craniofacial clinic. The surgical procedures include cleft lip and palate repair, pharyngeal flap and sphincteroplasty, craniofacial reconstruction, auricular reconstruction and cosmetic procedures such as otoplasty, rhinoplasty and mandibular advancement.
The fellow will attend a series of lectures given by the members of the full time and voluntary medical staff at Children's National Medical Center. These lectures will be planned in order to provide the fellow with basic science and clinical information pertaining to pediatric otolaryngology.
Pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at the Children's National Medical Center was established in 1984 and has graduated more than 33 fellows. Many of the graduates have pursued academic careers and are recognized leaders in the field of pediatric otolaryngology.
The goal of the training program is to provide solid foundation in all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology clinical care and research, and prepare the fellow for an academic career. Teaching experience is also provided through exposure to otolaryngology residents, medical students and other specialty trainees.