Curriculum

The curriculum includes training in all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology, with dedicated rotations in NICU consultations, cleft and craniofacial surgery, aerodigestive, head and neck oncology, sinus disease and otologic disease and hearing loss. Outpatient clinic and inpatient surgery and postoperative care occurs daily, and participation in regular interdisciplinary team meetings dedicated to assessment and management of complex patients in each of these areas is required. Additionally, the fellow will be required to complete a research project and prepare a publication-ready manuscript.

Competencies

By the end of the fellowship, the fellow will have demonstrated competency in complex congenital abnormalities of the head and neck, childhood tumors, pediatric sinus surgery, advanced techniques for pediatric sleep apnea, mandibular distraction, cleft lip and palate, auricular reconstruction, cochlear implantation, Bone Anchored Hearing Aid, surgical removal of vascular anomalies, laryngotracheal reconstruction, laryngeal reinnervation, airway endoscopy including microlaryngeal surgery, bronchoscopy, laser excision of tracheal lesions, complex airway foreign bodies, endoscopy for velopharyngeal incompetence and voice, and flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing.
 
The fellow will have demonstrated competency in all areas of general management of pediatric otolaryngology patients including outpatient assessment, history taking, physical examination, formulation of differential diagnoses and treatment plants. The fellow will demonstrate the unique interpersonal and communication skills required to deal with the families of pediatric patients, including awareness of and sensitivity to cultural concerns, financial obligations, and counseling techniques.

Location

The fellowship will be at the Primary Children’s Hospital. A small portion of the program will require the fellow to care for children at the University Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The fellow will also participate in educational activities sponsored by the University of Utah’s Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Division.

Regular Didactics

Regular didactics include weekly Ground Rounds, monthly Morbidity and Mortality Conference, bi-weekly Cleft Team Meeting, monthly Pediatric Radiology Case Conference, bi-weekly Hearing Assessment Team Meeting, monthly Trach-Vent Team Meeting, monthly Vascular Anomalies Conference, monthly Pediatric Otolaryngology Interesting Case Conference, and monthly Aerodigestive Team Meeting. The fellow may also participate in other Otolaryngology and interdisciplinary conferences/meetings as deemed appropriate.

Textbook: Pediatric Otolaryngology – Principles and Practice Pathways (2nd edition)

  • July – General Pediatric Considerations (Chapters 1–7) – Mentor: Muntz
  • August thru September – Otology (Chapters 8–21) Mentor: Park
  • October thru December – Nose and Sinuses (Chapters 22–30) Mentor: Meier
  • January thru February – Oral cavity (Chapters 31–41) Mentor: Grimmer
  • March thru April – Larynx and trachea (Chapters 42–55) Mentor: Muntz
  • May thru June – Neck (Chapters 56–60) Mentor: Grimmer