department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery

PGY-6 Fellowship in Rhinology & Endoscopic Sinus/Skull Base Surgery

The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina has offered a one year fellowship in Rhinology & Sinus Surgery under the mentorship of Rodney J. Schlosser, M.D., since 2006. This fellowship is designed to offer comprehensive training in all aspects of medical and surgical treatment of primary and revision inflammatory sinusitis, anterior and central skull base neoplasms, orbital and optic nerve pathology, and otolaryngic allergy and prepare the fellow for practice as a tertiary rhinologist. Fellows have graduated responsibility, both in the OR and in clinic, with the opportunity for increasing independence throughout the year. This is a PGY6 position with commensurate salary and benefits.

Our former fellows have gone on to academic practices at Emory University, Washington University, Harvard University, Sydney Australia, and Cork Ireland. In addition we have had international research fellows who work in our Rhinology Lab and observe in the operating room and clinics. Our goal is to train individuals who will become future leaders around the world in rhinology.

Clinical Component
Surgical caseload (approximately 250 cases per year) currently includes approximately 25-30% sinonasal and skull base tumors, 10-15% non-inflammatory rhinology (CSF leaks/encephaloceles, HHT, orbital surgery, etc.), and 60% inflammatory sinus disease (90% revision/frontal cases). Depending upon the interests of the fellow, additional surgical experience is available in open skull base approaches, rhinoplasties, and oculoplastic procedures with fellowship-trained subspecialists in each of those areas. Fellows will spend approximately 2 days per week in the OR, 1 day per week in the clinic with Dr. Schlosser, and ½ day per week in their own clinic. Experience in otolaryngic allergy is also available and attendance at courses sponsored by the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy is supported.

Research Component
One day per week is reserved for research. Laboratory space and funding are provided for basic science research investigating the immunologic response of chronic sinusitis. Additional material is available for clinical research. Fellows are expected to write 2 manuscripts and give national/regional presentations of their research during the year.

Educational Component
The fellow is expected to attend Sinus Conference twice monthly and give 3-4 conferences per year. In addition, the fellow will serve as a faculty member for the Annual MUSC Sinus Course, a conference which draws physicians from across the country. An eleven station Sinus Laboratory is fully outfitted with video equipment, powered instrumentation, and image-guided system for self-paced dissection, research, and resident education.