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The Head and Neck Fellowship at Wayne State University, which is accredited by The American Joint Council for Advanced Training, was established in 1991.  The total number of positions available is one, for one or two years (two years is preferred).  The Advanced Training Council will issue separate certificates for one-year clinical fellowships and two-year advanced clinical and basic research fellowships.  In general, the one-year fellowship will focus on clinical training whereas the two year fellowship will incorporate research training.

Having a carefully structured evaluation system, these programs are site visited, reviewed, and approved by the Executive Council of the American Head and Neck Society.  A diploma is awarded by the Society to those candidates who follow the rigid criteria and successfully complete the fellowship.  An additional diploma is issued by Wayne State University.

Educational Program  The head and neck fellow will participate in the diagnosis and management of over 500 patients annualy including thyroid/parathyroid.  This fellowship will provide advanced training in head and neck oncology including not only patient management, but also appreciation of the research foundation upon which the specialty exists.

The surgical experience will include exposure to all current techniques including microvascular surgery, robotic surgery, and skull base endoscopic resection.  Familiarity with medical oncology, radiation therapy, and rehabilitation techniques will also be provided.  This program is directed toward the development of future academic leaders in the field.  There are multiple opportunities for both basic science and clinical research.

Research is available in areas of biomarkers, molecular biology of the tumor cell, theraputic trials and gene therapy.  The fellow is anticipated to complete a project and prepare a paper suitable for publication.  This topic may be either clinical or basic science, depending upon the fellow's interests and past background.  Opportunities to participate in the design and conduct of clinical trails also exist.  With the assistance of the faculty, a project will be identified that can be successfully completed in the time alloted.

Eligibility:  United States and Canadian candidates -  you should be eligible to take the examination of the American Board of Surgery, Otolaryngology, or Plastic Surgery. 
International candidates who are not Board eligible should apply directly to our program director below.  Completion of USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3 is required.

   John R. Jacobs, M.D.   
   Wayne State University
   Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
   540 E. Canfield Avenue, 5E-UHC
   Detroit, MI  48201
   Ph: 313-577-0804
   Fax: 313-577-8555
   jjacobs@med.wayne.edu

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 For further information, contact Aaron Goodman at:  aaron@ahns.info