Fox Chase Cancer Center/ Temple University Hospital Head and Neck Oncology Fellowship
|Number of Fellowships: 1
Duration (in years) / Type: 1-2 years / primarily clinical
Overview: Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC) was one of the first designated an National Comprehensive Cancer Center (NCI) in the United States, with a long tradition of multidisciplinary cancer care, participation in national cooperative group trials and translational research. The fellowship is a 1 year, primarily clinical head and neck oncologic surgery program, with a substantial endocrine component. The Head and Neck fellow will gain significant experience with local and regional flaps as a result of the high volume of advanced cutaneous malignancies treated at the institution. Microvascular reconstruction training is optional. Management of advanced and recurrent thyroid cancers, use of intermittent and continuous laryngeal nerve monitoring and transoral robotic surgery are prominent components of the curriculum. Multidisciplinary conferences with leaders in surgery, radiation, medical oncology and endocrinology contribute to a rich learning environment.
Objectives: The fellow will acquire expertise in the following:
- Ablative surgery of head and neck tumors and cancers
- Endocrine surgery/ Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
- Local and regional flap reconstruction
- Transoral laser microsurgery/ Transoral robotic surgery for head and neck cancer
- Multidisciplinary, evidence-supported approach for malignancies of the head and neck
Strengths: Rigorous clinical and technical training in a multidisciplinary cancer center setting
Eligibility: Candidates must be board eligible/ board certified; Otolaryngology residency training preferred
- Surgical and postoperative care of head and neck service patients
- Clinic assignments
- Participation in teaching conferences/ tumor boards
- Teaching otolaryngology residents
- Call responsibilities
Research Opportunities: The fellow is encouraged to participate in ongoing or new research projects and will be expected to present at regional meetings, particularly the American Head and Neck Society annual meeting. The fellow will also will be encouraged to participate in manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Opportunities to enroll in Masters or Certificate programs in Public Health or Health Policy are available and have been undertaken successfully by prior fellows.
Supervision, Teaching & Call:
- Two weeks of home call for Temple University Hospital over the course of the year, with faculty oversight
- Independent fellow’s clinics-one half day twice per month
- The fellow will be involved in teaching TUH otolaryngology residents
This is a new fellowship. However, we have a long history of training surgical oncology fellows through an ACGME approved surgical oncology fellowship program. The new head and neck fellowship position will replace a surgical oncology position.