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Otolaryngology Fellowship

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the didactic component of the fellowship program?
A: We have a comprehensive educational didactic program in the fellowship year.  The didactic lectures take place on 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursdays (7:30am) of each month. The topics for these lectures were formalized in July of 2007 and contain topics proposed in the curriculum for pediatric otolaryngology as defined by the American Board of Otolaryngology. These topics were also agreed to be topics essential to the training of subspecialty residents (fellows) by the Education Committee of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO). Other educational activities include radiology conference (1st Thurs, 7:30 am); journal club (4th Tues, 5:00 pm); case management conference (4th Tues, 6:00 pm); morbidity and mortality conference (3rd Wed, 5:00pm); cochlear implant team meeting (1st Wed, 11:30 am); craniofacial team meeting (every Tues., 4:30 pm); airway team meeting (3rd Tues, 1:00 pm), and pathology conference (one quarterly Thurs. 7:30 am).

Q: What is the role of the fellows in teaching medical students?

A: The pediatric otolaryngology fellow has primary responsibility for educating medical students from GWU School of Medicine rotating through the pediatric otolaryngology service both in the clinic and operating room setting.  He/she assigns the medical students day-to-day to either clinic or operating room attendance, to patients on the ward, and to guided reading during the rotation. He/she participates in medical student evaluations.  Finally, he/she assists and guides the students in preparing a 15-minute presentation on an interesting patient related topic, which is given by the student either at the 3rd Wednesday Case Conference or before the 4th Tuesday Journal Club.

Q: What are the call responsibilities for the fellows?

A: Pediatric otolaryngology fellows are assigned to be on-call from home every fourth night for six months (when there are two rotating general ENT residents). Additionally, the fellows back-up the residents on overnight call for the first two months of the fellowship. A call room is available.

Q: What are the day-to-day clinical responsibilities assigned to the fellows?

A: The pediatric otolaryngology fellow leads the morning and evening rounds, clinics, and specialty clinics and has the added roles of teaching the otolaryngology resident and serving as the leader of the team that includes two to three residents, medical students and physician’s assistants because of his seniority and expected advanced knowledge in pediatric otolaryngology. The team is responsible for the care of inpatients on the otolaryngology service, for providing consults to other services and the emergency room, for managing the care of outpatients in the otolaryngology clinics and for assisting in the operative care of all patients. Bi-weekly, on a rotating basis, the fellows are assigned to be either primary operating room (OR) or clinic fellow.  The OR fellow is expected to cover the OR cases, especially those cases that are identified as index cases for pediatric otolaryngology, and serve as the ‘chief fellow’ for the inpatient service.  The primary daytime responsibility for the assigned clinic fellow is to coordinate care of outpatient clinics and learn outpatient management of pediatric otolaryngology disorders.  The clinic fellow also plays an active role in assisting the ‘chief’ fellow with the general day-to-day rounding/management of the inpatient service.  On occasions where there is more than one pediatric ENT index case occurring in the OR at the same time, the clinic fellow may be released from the clinic to go up to the OR. 

Q: Is moonlighting allowed?

A: Moonlighting is not currently allowed. 

Q: What are the benefits?

  • Health, Dental, Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Annual & Sick Leave
  • Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Backup Child and Elder Care

    A detailed summary of all benefits can be found in our Benefits Guide.


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