Duration and Scope of Education

The duration of the program is 24 months, all of which will be spent at participating institutions approved by the Residency Review Committee (RRC). Institutions approved by the Residency Review Committee are: 1) House Clinic/House Institute; 2) St. Vincent’s Medical Center; 3) LAC-USC County Medical Center.

Admission to the program is contingent on completion of a residency program in otolaryngology accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The program provides structured clinical opportunities for fellows to develop advanced skills in neurotology and lateral skull base surgery, including exposure to intracranial approaches.

A sufficient volume and variety of cases are available to ensure adequate inpatient and outpatient experience for eah neurotology fellow.

Each neurotology fellow will prepare documentation of surgical experience as both assistant surgeon, and surgeon, in middle cranial fossa, posterior cranial fossa, and lateral skull base surgical procedures for the treatment of disorders of the auditory and vestibular system; facial nerve disorders; and congenital inflammatory, neoplastic idiopathic, and traumatic disorders of the extradural petrous bone and apex, occipital bone, sphenoid bone, and related structures.

The program provides structured education regarding the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and rehabilitative management of congenital, traumatic, inflammatory, degenerative, neoplastic, and idiopathic diseases of the temporal bone.

Audiometric testing including auditory brainstem responses and otoacoustic emissions, vestibular testing, facial nerve testing, electrophysiologic monitoring strategies and neuroradiologic procedures used to evaluate the temporal bone, skull base, and related structures are required experiences.