Application Process

Interested programs will complete an application. The application will include a written application form, program goals and objectives, evaluation templates, a nonrefundable application fee of $2000, and affirmation that the program will be compliant with common program requirements and agree to stipulated terms as outlined in the application. The application fee will be used to help offset the administrative costs of overseeing the fellowships.

Every program must apply and must pay the application fee (i.e. no “grandfathering” of programs).

The initial application and approval process will be a 2-year process. This will allow all programs to complete an application and all program personnel to be interviewed. All programs granted full approval will formally begin their NeuroRhinology-Advanced Rhinology fellowships July 1, 2020.

The application will be reviewed, discussed and the RTC will vote on the program. RTC members must recuse themselves from reviewing and voting on their own programs, or programs with which they have been affiliated with in the past (i.e. for training). Programs will require a 2/3 majority “yes” vote to be forwarded to the ARS BOD for a vote. All programs that receive a majority vote in their favor by the BOD will be granted “Provisional Approval Contingent Upon Program Interview” (hereinafter “Provisional Approval”).

Those programs that do not get Provisional Approval will be given a written report outlining their strengths and weaknesses and areas of concern.

Programs not attaining Provisional Approval will be allowed to appeal the decision directly to the BOD.

Provisional Approval will be for a 2-year period during which a Program Interview will be scheduled. Please see section A6 for details on the Program Interview. All Program Interviews will be completed prior to July 1, 2020.

Following the Program Interview, the RTC will vote on the program. As previously noted, RTC members must recuse themselves from voting on their own programs or programs with which they have been affiliated with in the past. Programs will require a 2/3 majority “yes” vote to be forwarded to the ARS BOD for a vote. All programs that receive a majority vote in their favor by the BOD will be granted “Full Approval” to begin July 1, 2020.

Programs that do not get Full Approval will be given a written report outlining their strengths and weaknesses and areas of concern.

Programs not obtaining Full Approval will be allowed to appeal the decision directly to the BOD.

Upon failure to obtain Full Approval, programs will lose their Provisional Approval and be required to begin the process anew with a new application, application fee, etc. if they desire an ARS Approved NeuroRhinology – Advanced Rhinology fellowship.

As of July 1, 2020, programs that have passed the Program Interview will receive “Full Approval” status. All graduates after July 1, 2020 will be from an “ARS Approved NeuroRhinology – Advanced Rhinology Fellowship”. There will be no retrospective “ARS Approved” fellowship status to programs or graduates.

Programs will then be granted approval for up to 5 years in duration based on any citations stemming from the Program Interview.

Programs will pay $500 with every renewal to maintain approval. This fee will be used to help offset the administrative costs of assessing and overseeing the fellowships.



Subsequent Applications
To be considered in the initial pool of applicants with the above-mentioned timeline, applications must be completed and submitted by July 1, 2018. Subsequent applications will be due yearly on July 1. Applications received after July 1 will be included in the following year’s application cycle deadline. The RTC will have up to two years review the application, grant Provisional Approval Contingent Upon Program Interview, schedule a Program Interview, and grant or deny Full Approval.

Example: If a Program Application is received July 15, 2018 or thereafter, that application will fall under the July 1, 2019 application cycle deadline and the RTC will have until July 1, 2021 to review the application, grant Provisional Approval Contingent Upon Program Interview, schedule a Program Interview and grant or deny Full Approval, provided the program meets the criteria for each.




Revised 05/03/2018
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