The fellow will split his/her time between dedicated rhinologists who have high-volume academic practices, Jeremiah Alt, MD, PhD, Gretchen Oakley, MD, and Richard Orlandi, MD.
Weekly Schedule: The fellow will spend at least one day per week in clinic with Drs. Alt, Oakley, and Orlandi, as well as half a day in his/her own independent clinic. The rest of the week is spent operating with Drs. Alt, Oakley, and Orlandi or performing independent cases. At minimum, one day of dedicated and productive research time per week is protected. Supplementary independent time will be adjusted as the caseload for the fellow’s clinic and experience grows or additional academic time is needed.
Research Responsibilities: Intellectual curiosity will be nurtured during the year with appropriate financial support, allowing the fellow to engage in a diverse range of research projects. These projects may include familial (genetic & environment) population studies, pathogenesis of CRS at the microscopic level using basic science techniques, investigating quality of life and clinical outcomes in patients with CRS, and translational projects that examine novel therapeutics in rhinology. Fellows are expected to write several manuscripts during the year. Further, time and resources are given to allow the fellow to present their research at regional/national meetings.
Diversity Cases: The University of Utah has a robust primary and secondary care system and is the only tertiary center for the intermountain West, covering approximately 10 percent of the United States. As a result the fellowship encompasses all areas of rhinology, and the fellow assumes increasing independence throughout the year through this broad variety of cases. Surgeries include primary and revision endoscopic surgery for inflammatory disease, the full range of advanced frontal sinus procedures, both extradural and intradural skull base resections, and surgery for nasal obstruction. Training is tailored to the fellow’s interests and may include allergy evaluation and management as well.
The NeuroRhinology and Advanced Sinus Surgery fellow takes call as a member of the adult otolaryngology-head and neck surgery faculty. Pediatric call is not covered by the adult faculty, including the fellow. Call involves supervision of a team of junior and senior residents at the University of Utah Hospital and the Salt Lake City Veteran’s Administration Hospital during weekdays, nights, and weekends. Call will be one week at a time and currently amounts to four to five times per year.