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Program Administrator, Advanced Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base (International) Fellowship Program
Ivis Perez
Phone: 305-243-1870
Fax: 305-243-2009
Email: Iperez3@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
Our program does not participate in a match program. The final fellowship selections are made among the interviewed candidates by the faculty and/or selection committee. The international fellowship is a self-funded position. International applicants must provide proof of ability for self-funding (through institutional, government or private sponsor), including an annual tuition payment.

How to Apply:
Interested applicants can email their CV and faculty recommendations to Dr. Roy Casiano at rcasiano@med.miami.edu or Program Administrator Ivis Perez at iperez3@med.miami.edu.

Deadline:
Applications for the international position are reviewed year-round for a position beginning annually on November 1 the following year (starting dates are flexible depending on the applicant’s specific situation). Selected applicants are invited for a personal interview at the medical center, or may elect a phone interview, the year prior to the start of the fellowship.

Call Schedule

There is no call schedule required for the international position.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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The Lennar Foundation Medical Center

5555 Ponce De Leon Boulevard

Coral Gables, FL 33146

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

1475 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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UHealth Plantation

8100 S.W. 10th Street

Plantation, FL 33324

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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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University of Miami Health System/Don Soffer Clinical Research Center

1120 N.W. 14th Street

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete United States Medical Licensing Examination Steps 1, 2 and 3 and the Test of English as a Foreign Language prior to the start of the program (the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates certification is required).*

*Exceptions can be made if the candidate receives their first year of rhinology in a U.S. or Canadian residency program, with known basic rhinology training (i.e., mentors that are fellowship-trained rhinologists), equivalent to our first year curriculum. In the latter situation, the candidate may be only required to do one year of training (i.e., second year of advanced rhinology). This may include a four to five month pre-fellowship research and cadaver lab rotation, in preparation for their clinical fellowship year. Additionally, the candidate may choose to do one year of research fellowship, with the anticipation of completing their USMLE and TOEFL; however, a position in the clinical fellowship cannot be granted without having passed the USMLE exam.

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of a successfully completed residency program in otolaryngology.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Advanced Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base (International) Fellowship Program

Mission & Vision

To educate and nurture medical students, residents and fellows to create knowledge and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University of Miami/Jackson Health System family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world.

Mission & Vision

To educate and nurture medical students, residents and fellows to create knowledge and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University of Miami/Jackson Health System family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world.

Program Director’s Welcome

The University of Miami/Jackson Health System Advanced Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base (International) Fellowship Program* is designed for international otololaryngologists who have completed their residency and desire to advance their fund of knowledge and surgical skills in the otolaryngology subspecialty area of rhinology and related disorders. The two-year program assumes minimal-to-no prior training in basic endoscopic sinonasal surgical techniques and rhinology.

Program Director’s Welcome

The University of Miami/Jackson Health System Advanced Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base (International) Fellowship Program* is designed for international otololaryngologists who have completed their residency and desire to advance their fund of knowledge and surgical skills in the otolaryngology subspecialty area of rhinology and related disorders. The two-year program assumes minimal-to-no prior training in basic endoscopic sinonasal surgical techniques and rhinology.

Advanced endoscopic rhinologic cases are the focus of this fellowship.

In addition, the fellow will gain experience in the diagnosis, management and surgical treatment of sleep disorders and snoring, within our multidisciplinary sleep disorders team.

Fellows will have clinical/surgical rotations where they will see a diversity of cases. The fellow is also actively involved in resident supervision and teaching and will help the faculty in assisting the residents on a number of common general otolaryngologic procedures. Additionally, the fellow will assist the faculty on their private rhinology cases.

Research is also a critical component of the fellowship, and, as such, the first four months of the clinical fellowship will be devoted to research along with assigned cadaveric dissection. A research project appropriate for presentation at one of several national otolaryngologic meetings and suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals, are mandatory. A variety of anatomic, clinical and basic science research projects are available under faculty supervision. There is a yearly travel stipend to meetings for when the fellow is presenting a qualified manuscript, if no outside funding is available. Opportunities for publication in book chapters, monographs and other forms of media, will also be available.

*A one-year, domestic fellowship program is available for recent ACME graduates and adjunct faculty. For more information, visit SF Match or contact us at 305-243-1870.

-Roy R. Casiano, MD, FACS

Description

Research is also a critical component of the fellowship, and, as such, the first four months of the clinical fellowship will be devoted to research along with assigned cadaveric dissection. A research project appropriate for presentation at one of several national otolaryngologic meetings and suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals, are mandatory. A variety of anatomic, clinical and basic science research projects are available under faculty supervision. There is a yearly travel stipend to meetings for when the fellow is presenting a qualified manuscript, if no outside funding is available. Opportunities for publication in book chapters, monographs and other forms of media, will also be available.

*A one-year, domestic fellowship program is available for recent ACME graduates and adjunct faculty. For more information, visit SF Match or contact us at 305-243-1870.

-Roy R. Casiano, MD, FACS

Fast Facts

Accreditation

American Rhinologic Society

Number of Fellows per Year?

1

Duration of Fellowship?

2 years

Program Highlights

150-200 surgical cases annually, per fellow

80% advanced rhinology & endoscopic skull base cases; 20% skull base cases

Access to C.A.N.E.S. Lab (Cranial Access, Neuroanatomy and ENT Surgical Laboratory) for cadaveric dissections

Clinical Experience

Year 1

In their first year, fellows can expect to cover the following: Basic rhinologic history and physical; Draf I and IIa frontal sinusotomy endonasal exam and in-office diagnostic procedures; ethmoidectomy; maxillary sinusotomy; maximal medical management of acute and chronic rhinosinusitis; postoperative management and endoscopic debridements; septoplasty; simple cerebrospinal fluid leak repair; simple transphenoidal pituitary surgical exposures with neurosurgery; sphenoid sinusotomy and turbinate reduction.

Year 2

In their second year, fellows cans expect to cover the following: advanced large skull base repairs with local-regional flaps or grafts; anterior skull base resection, middle and posterior cranial fossa approaches for clival and petrous apex neoplasms; approaches to Meckel’s cave and the trigeminal nerve roots; combined procedure with external exposure for advanced neoplasm work; complicated revision pituitary surgery; craniocervical approaches for odontoid resection; extended frontal, sphenoid and maxillary sinusotomies (including medial maxillectomy and Lothrop or Draf II & III procedures); management of extensive benign skull base lesion such as meningoencephaloceles and nasopharyngect

Goals and Objectives

To further develop the fellow’s surgical skills, required for the performance of advanced endoscopic surgical procedures in the nose and adjacent paranasal sinuses, orbit and skull base, in children and adults.

To develop the fellow’s expertise in the multidisciplinary treatment of common ailments afflicting the upper and lower respiratory system (allergies; asthma; chronic rhinosinusitis; sleep disorders and other common airway disorders), with an emphasis on chronic inflammatory diseases of the nose and paranasal sinuses.

To develop the fellow’s expertise in the diagnosis and management of allergies and immunologic disorders affecting the upper airway.

To enhance the fellow’s understanding about the appropriate workup, indications and potentially adverse side-effects of pharmacotherapy versus immunotherapy, for patients with allergies.

To meet these goals and objectives, fellows will participate with the residents and faculty in the department’s weekly departmental grand rounds and pertinent monthly journal clubs. They will also get to participate as faculty in the annual University of Miami Endoscopic Sinonasal and Skull Base Anatomy Course (national meeting held in South Florida in the winter), as well as the annual All-Florida Endoscopic Surgical Anatomy Course for summer residents and fellows.
Fellows will be responsible for presentation of future surgical skull base cases weekly at the skull base multidisciplinary skull base conference for discussion of the best surgical and/or nonsurgical treatment strategies. In addition, fellows will practice advanced procedures and help teach international “mini-fellows,” in our state-of-the-art endoscopic sinus surgery lab at the medical examiner’s office on campus. The fellow also has access to the latest endoscopic skull base equipment in our Cranial Access, Neuroanatomy, and ENT Surgical (C.A.N.E.S.) Laboratory at the medical school. It is here where fellows can practice their skull base drilling technique for middle cranial fossa/clival/infratemporal fossa resections on formalin-fixed specimens, further refining

Your Faculty

Roy R. Casiano, MD, FACS
Director, Advanced Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base (International and Domestic) Fellowship Programs
Professor and Vice Chairman, Otolaryngology

Michael Edward Ivan, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery
Chief of Service, Cranial and Neuro-oncology
Co-chair, Neurosurgery, Jackson South Community Hospital
Director, Research, The University of Miami Tumor Initiative

Ricardo Jorge Komotar, MD, FAANS, FACS
Associate Professor, Neurosurgery
Director, Neurological Surgery Residency Program and Surgical Neurooncology Fellowship Program
Director, Surgical Neurooncology
Director, The University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative

Corinna Levine, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology
Physician Scientist and Research Director, Rhinology Division

Jacques J. Morcos, MD, FRCS, FAANS
Director, Neurovascular Surgery Program
Professor, Neurosurgery

Zoukaa B. Sargi, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology
Director, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Residency Program

Alumni Placements Include:

American University of Beirut
Bangkok Hospital
Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sobah Hospital
Prince Sultan Military Medical City
Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University
University of Antioquia

Alumni Placements Include:

American University of Beirut
Bangkok Hospital
Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sobah Hospital
Prince Sultan Military Medical City
Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University
University of Antioquia