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Curriculum

Pediatric otolaryngology fellows will have exposure to a wide range of disorders that are encountered in clinical practice and a large volume of experience will involve the management of middle ear disorders and airway problems. In addition, the fellow will gain experience in diagnosis and management of children with:

  • Aerodigestive diseases
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Disorders of the paranasal sinuses
  • Hearing impairment
  • Tumors of the head and neck
  • Voice and speech disorders

Fellows will perform:

  • Cochlear implantation
  • Mastoidectomy
  • Ossicular reconstruction
  • Otologic surgery
  • Repair of aural atresia 
  • Repair of perilymph fistula
  • Tympanoplasty
Experience in endoscopy will include:
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Flexible and rigid laryngoscopy
  • Nasal endoscopy
  • Removal of foreign bodies from upper aerodigestive tract
  • Surgery with the carbon dioxide and KTP laser
  • Surgical management of complications of acute sinusitis.
  • Suspension microlaryngoscopy
  • Vocal fold microsurgery

Experience in head and neck surgery will include:

  • Excision of benign and malignant masses in the head and neck
  • Excision of thyroglossal duct and branchial cleft anomalies
  • Open repair of laryngotracheal stenosis
  • Repair of choanal atresia
  • Thyroid surgery

Experience in functional speech surgery will include:

  • Craniofacial surgery (rhinoplasty and otoplasty included)
  • Furlow palatoplasty
  • Pharyngeal flap surgery
  • Sphincteroplasty

The fellow will attend a series of lectures given by the members of the full time medical staff at Children's National. The comprehensive lecture series will be planned in order to provide the fellow with requisite basic science and clinical information pertaining to pediatric otolaryngology.

Case Load

The Division of Otolaryngology has over 19,000 patient encounters each year, which includes outpatient and inpatient visits. Yearly, 4,500 operative cases are performed, which means there is wide exposure to routine and complicated otologic, airway, sinus and head and neck procedures. In addition, we have a number of clinics that are offered in conjunction with other disciplines.

Conferences/Didactics

The core curriculum course is offered weekly. Fellows participate in a monthly journal club, weekly grand rounds, monthly morbidity and mortality conferences and radiology/pathology conferences.