The two-year Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Reconstruction Fellowship program, offered jointly by the departments of Head and Neck Surgery and Plastic Surgery, provides one year of advanced training in head and neck surgical oncology followed by a second year in plastic surgery and head and neck reconstruction, with an emphasis on microvascular free tissue transfer. During the second year, fellows are fully integrated into the plastic surgery fellowship, performing multiple types of reconstruction.
Under the umbrella of the advanced surgical oncology fellowship, the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Reconstruction Fellowship highlights a two-team approach to the treatment of patients with head and neck cancer. In step with the multidisciplinary approach that is a hallmark of cancer care at MD Anderson, the fellowship brings together experts from the different specialties of surgical oncology and plastic surgery to provide unique comprehensive training in the management of head and neck cancer.
Participants learn the indications and application of advanced reconstructive techniques for the repair of complex defects and acquire the technical skills necessary for flap harvest, inset and microvascular anastomosis.
Each fellow receives formal microvascular training in a laboratory setting, commensurate with his or her experience and skill level. Fellows are immersed in and responsible for all components of patient care, including preoperative assessment, operative planning, intraoperative execution, postoperative evaluation, and long-term follow-up. A high volume of cases generated by thirteen full-time plastic surgery faculty offers the fellows exposure to a host of difficult reconstructive solutions.
Fellows are expected to participate in 50 to 100 microvascular reconstructions, with an equal number of non-microvascular cases. The trainees also conduct at least one peer-reviewed publication-quality study, either clinical or basic science, and participate in a rigorous didactic program of conferences and mentorship opportunities.
To be considered, candidates must be completing or have completed Alliance for CME–accredited training programs in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, general surgery or plastic and reconstructive surgery. In addition, applicants must have met the requirements for the Advanced Head and Neck Surgical Oncology fellowship.
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.