The department of Head and Neck Surgery is accepting applications for fellowship training in head and neck surgical oncology. Fellows are trained as academic head and neck surgeons who will provide leadership in the clinical practice and science of head and neck surgical oncology. Positions are funded and include one-, two- and three-year fellowships. All programs have been reviewed and approved by the Advanced Training Council of the American Head and Neck Society.
Each fellow participates in the care of approximately 350 newly referred patients annually. Fellows actively participate with staff in all decisions related to the treatment and rehabilitation of the head and neck surgical patients. Each fellow’s operative responsibility is assigned commensurate with his or her ability. Surgeons in residency and medical students are also assigned to teams, giving fellows in head and neck surgery the opportunity to teach. Fellows are given exposure to the Skull Base Tumor Program, led by experienced academic surgeons from the departments of head and neck surgery and neurosurgery.
The educational program offers two hours of weekly didactic instruction by the faculty. Applied surgical anatomy is included in these lectures. The Morbidity and Mortality Conference is held every wo months, and formal, in-depth clinicopathologic discussions are scheduled every six weeks. Fellows are required to participate in the monthly Clinical and Basic Science Journal Club and to attend Department of Head and Neck Surgery research meetings.
A completed project, either in clinical or basic science research, is required of each fellow, and a written paper suitable for publication is expected before a certificate from MD Anderson Cancer Center is issued.
The one-year fellowship involves clinical training that emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to the management of head and neck cancer. Surgical instruction involves all aspects of head and neck surgical oncology, including cranial base surgery
The two-year fellowship provides one year of dedicated basic science, translational or clinical research and one year of clinical training
The three-year fellowship provides two years of research and one year of clinical training
Combined Clinical/Research Pathways
Recognizing that trainees have different backgrounds, interests and training in research, as well as different career goals, the advanced head and neck surgical oncology fellowship is offered through two research training pathways:
The clinical investigator pathway enables individuals interested in clinical research to acquire the necessary didactic background and practical experience in their specific area of interest. A 12- to 24-month didactic program including biostatistics, clinical trial design and other relevant subjects is tailored to meet the individual fellow's needs and is complemented with mentored research opportunities in one or more of the following areas: clinical trial design, quality-of-life outcomes studies, epidemiology/ molecular epidemiology and biomarker analysis of human blood/tissue specimens.
The physician-scientist pathway is a mentored laboratory research program for individuals interested in translational or basic science investigations, involving investigators from within or outside the department. This pathway is supported by an NIH-awarded T32 training grant and offers interested applicants a 12- or 24- month program based in the laboratory.
Candidates for the Advanced Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship must have completed a residency program in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, general surgery or plastic surgery. The duration of such a residency program must be equivalent to that required to become, at a minimum, chief resident and, preferably, the candidate should have attained board eligibility.
Candidates must have completed at least the PGY 5 level of surgical education. All candidates must be licensed in the state of Texas or be eligible for an institutional premit to practice medicine.
Participants are selected through a process that involves review of a written application, including letters of reference from past mentors and program directors and a personal interview. Final selections are made at least six months before the scheduled starting date.
To be considered for a two- or three-year fellowship, applicants must be registered with the match program of the Advanced Training Council for Approval of Training in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery (sponsored by The American Head and Neck Society).
Registration requests for the Match Program should be sent to:
Coordinator, Advanced Training Council
American Head & Neck Society
11300 W. Olympic Blvd., #600
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Curricula vitae and application requests should be sent to:
Amy C. Hessel, M.D.
Director, Fellowship Program
Department of Head and Neck Surgery
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 1445
Houston, TX 77030-4009
MD Anderson Cancer Center is committed to encouraging good health and staying true to our mission to end cancer. If you are applying for a GME fellowship or residency program starting on or after July 1, 2016, please be advised that MD Anderson will have instituted a tobacco-free hiring process as part of its efforts to achieve these goals. If you are offered an appointment, you will be subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Screen for tobacco compounds in compliance with applicable state laws. If you do not pass the urine drug screening which includes testing for tobacco compounds, you CANNOT be appointed at MD Anderson. Should you fail to meet this contingency, MD Anderson will withdraw your offer of appointment for the academic year. You may reapply for the following academic year, but there are no guarantees that you will be offered a position as many of our programs are already filled for several years out.