University of Alabama- Birmingham
1720 2nd Avenue South
Faculty Office Tower, Suite 1155
Birmingham, AL 35294
Susan McCammon, MD – Fellowship Director
Beth Osburn – Coordinator
|Number of Fellowships: 1
Duration (in years) / Type: 1-2 years/ Clinical
Faculty: James Bonner – Radiation Oncology
Erin Buczek. MD Otolaryngology
William R. Carroll, MD Otolaryngology
Jessica Grayson, MD Otolaryngology
Benjamin Greene, MD Otolaryngology
Hari Jeyarajan, MD Otolaryngology
Susan McCammon, MD Otolaryngology
Lisle Nabell, MD Medical Oncology
Glenn Peters, MD Otolaryngology
Sharon Spencer, MD Radiation Oncology
Carissa Thomas, MD Otolaryngology
Erika Walsh, MD Otolaryngology
Kirk Withrow, MD Otolaryngology
Brad Woodworth, MD Otolaryngology
Overview: The Head and Neck Fellowship program began in July 2008. Twelve physicians have completed the fellowship program. The University of Alabama – Birmingham (UAB) provides high-volume clinical experience and mentored research opportunities in head and neck oncology. The fellowship includes broad experience in ablative surgery, endocrine surgery and microvascular surgery. The fellowship year is characterized by a balance of mentorship and autonomy. Faculty members provide close supervision early in the year. Later on, the fellow will function more as a junior faculty member, leading residents through surgical procedures and determining treatment plans more independently. All fellows participate in clinical research projects. Fellows interested in additional basic research training may elect to complete an additional two-year NIH funded research training program. The faculty of the head and neck program are committed to making this fellowship an exceptional training opportunity.
Goals & Objectives for Training: The primary goal of the UAB Head and Neck Fellowship is to prepare the trainee to be able to assume a faculty level position within the field of head and neck oncology. The goal will be reached through a combination of required and optional clinical rotations, weekly protected research time, didactic and interactive conferences, and an outlined curriculum of study. Progress during training will be regularly evaluated with both written and verbal feedback.
- Clinical volume and diverse pathology
- Broad scope of training (H&N ablative, microvascular reconstruction, endocrine, robotics, endoscopic skull-base).
- Invested, motivated faculty who are well networked across the country to help in finding the next job.
- Translational research opportunities
- Vibrant southern city, low cost of living, great food, music and outdoor activities
Eligibility: per AHNS guidelines
Research Opportunities: During the fellowship year, each Fellow will participate in clinical or basic research. The fellow will choose a topic of investigation and the Research Committee of the Otolaryngology Department will monitor progress. A research mentor will be chosen from the Head and Neck faculty. The fellow will attend monthly research meetings where the committee will review progress and recommend changes as needed. The fellow will present the completed project at the annual “Research Day” held in May of the year. Prior to presentation, the project must be written in manuscript form suitable for submission for publication. Each Head and Neck faculty member has active research interests. These include clinical trials, outcomes studies, health services research, population/community-based studies and applied laboratory research. UAB has a rich basic science research community with ample opportunity for a broad range of cancer related investigation. During the clinical year, one day each week will be set aside to pursue research activities. Trainees interested in additional research training will be eligible to participate in a two-year, NIH sponsored T-32 training grant for basic science research.
Supervision, Teaching & Call: As noted in the introduction, the goal of the fellowship is preparation of a head and neck surgeon capable of functioning as a junior level attending surgeon. This high level of competence will require careful observation by the participating faculty and open communication with the trainee as the program progresses. The limited time length of the training period mandates real-time feedback to the trainee. Faculty members will be encouraged to commend progress and to intervene early-on as deficiencies are detected. The fellow’s progress will be evaluated with reference to others working at the same level of sub-specialty training.
In addition to ongoing informal feedback, there will be a periodic, formal written evaluation of the fellow’s progress, and based on close observation of the trainee, faculty members fill out an evaluation form that specifically addresses the following characteristics: clinical judgment, medical knowledge, clinical skills, surgical skills, humanistic qualities, professional attitudes and behavior, and commitment to scholarship. Faculty members are encouraged to discuss their evaluations with the fellow and to provide them with timely feedback on their performance. A copy of the evaluation form is appended.
The Program Director will also collect a verbal “360 degree” evaluation of the fellow’s progress at the conclusion of each rotation. The 360 degree evaluators will include resident physicians assigned to the same service, OR nursing staff, clinic nursing staff, and the administrative secretary in the Otolaryngology office.
Each fellow will maintain a Surgical Log of all cases performed. The Program Director will review the log with the fellow every 3 months. The fellow will select two representative surgical cases to include in the Surgical Case Portfolio each month. The portfolio will include documentation of a patient’s initial workup, operative planning, intra-operative notes, discharge summary and brief synopsis of follow-up care. The Program Director will review the Portfolio cases with the fellow every 3 months
2018 – Ross Triolo – Cabrini Health, Malvern Australia
2018 – Matin Imanguli – Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, New Brunswick, NJ
2017 – Erin Partington Buczek – Assistant Professor, UAB, Birmingham, AL
2016 – Russell Kahmke – Assistant Professor, Duke Univesity, Durham, NC
2015 – Ben Greene – Assistant Professor, UAB, Birmingham, AL
2014 – Blake Golden – Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle, WA