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Skull Base Surgery Fellowship Program

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About the Program

This one-year fellowship program is designed to provide training in the latest advancements in skull base surgery. Although the majority of surgical approaches are endoscopic (90%), the fellowship will also provide exposure to traditional anterior and lateral approaches to the cranial base.

Surgical experience will be augmented by anatomical dissections of cadaveric specimens in the laboratory and participation in ongoing dissection courses and local meetings. Time will be allotted for research that results in presentation at national meetings and publications.

Program Goals and Objectives

Goals and objectives of the fellowship program:

  • Understand the evaluation of patients with pathology involving the cranial base
  • Recall anatomical relationships of the cranial base
  • Learn open and endoscopic approaches to the cranial base and acquire surgical skills
  • Develop comprehensive treatment plan for patients with pathology of the cranial base
  • Participate in educational activities
  • Conduct clinical research
  • Present at local and national meetings
  • Publish at least one paper dealing with a topic in cranial base surgery

U.S. applicants must be either:

  • Board Certified
  • Eligible for certification in otolaryngology

International applicants must be eligible to obtain an unrestricted medical license in the state of Pennsylvania and appointment to the active medical staff at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, both of which requires completion of three years of postgraduate training either in an ACGME approved graduate medical training program (a list of accredited programs can be found here) or a graduate medical education program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

All applicants must be eligible for licensure to practice medicine in the State of Pennsylvania.