Sydney Rhinology Fellowship

Institution & address
Sydney Rhinology Fellowship
67 Burton St
Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW 2010
Australia

sf match program id#
4410

fellowship director
Prof Richard J Harvey

fellowship co-directors
Prof Ray Sacks
Dr. George Marcells

departmental mission statement
The Sydney Rhinology Fellowship is the collaboration of all three Universities in Sydney (University of New South Wales, Sydney University and Macquarie University). The fellowship was formed to further the rhinologic training of our craft group and ensure the highest quality of rhinologic care within the community.

overview of fellowship
The Fellowship provides exposure to both medical and surgical rhinology. Rhinoplasty and nasal reconstruction (and additional facial plastics if needed) are a core part of this. The fellowship also provides assistance in the medical and surgical care for rhinology patients admitted to the hospital, those in the outpatient clinic and those undergoing surgery under the care of the fellowship supervisors.

fellowship description
During your time in Sydney you will:
  • Provide assistance in the medical and surgical care for rhinology patients admitted to the hospital, those in the outpatient clinic and those undergoing surgery under the care of the fellowship supervisors.
  • Attend a fortnightly rhinology conference.
  • Prepare and present at least 2 manuscripts on rhinology research topics.
  • Assist with the three (3) rhinological courses at St Vincent’s Hospital:
    • Endoscopic Orbital Course – 4th weekend in January
    • Open Structured Rhinoplasty Workshop – 4th weekend in February
    • Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery Course – 3rd weekend in August
The Fellow will work under the supervision of Prof Ray Sacks (Concord General, Macquarie University Hospital and Sydney Adventist Hospitals), Dr George Marcells (Sydney and Bondi Junction Private Hospitals) and Prof Richard Harvey (Macquarie University Hospital and St Vincent’s Public and Private Hospitals).

The Fellowship provides exposure to both medical and surgical rhinology. Rhinoplasty and nasal reconstruction (and additional facial plastics if needed) are a core part of this. Dr George Marcells, co-director of the fellowship, works at Sydney Hospital and Bondi Junction Private and currently performs 2-3 rhinoplasties a week. He is considered one of Sydney’s preeminent tertiary referral rhinoplasty surgeons.

Research and presentation at international meetings is an important part of the Fellowship. It is designed for someone wanting to develop a career in academic medicine and continuing research interests. Tertiary hospital placement would be expected after the fellowship and we would provide as much assistance as possible to see the fellow was positioned appropriately. Involvement in local and international meetings will help to build a strong relationship with the international rhinologic community.

Trainees interested in the fellowship as a stepping stone to ‘private practice only’ are not encouraged to apply.

Clinical Rotations:
The Fellow will work under the supervision of Prof Ray Sacks (Concord General, Macquarie University Hospital and Sydney Adventist Hospitals), Dr George Marcells (Sydney and Bondi Junction Private Hospitals) and Prof Richard Harvey (Macquarie University Hospital and St Vincent’s Public and Private Hospitals).

Weekly Schedule: See attached schedule

Research Responsibilities: Clinical research projects are expected. Basic science projects are optional and can be developed on request. A minimum of two (2) publications along with presentations at national and international meetings in expected. Research opportunities do not include lab work – the fellowship is heavily loaded to clinical/surgical experience. However, close collaboration is encouraged with those working in our lab. Projects will be based in the following areas depending on interest:
  • Outcomes of novel topical therapies in Chronic Sinusitis
  • Basic Science of Chronic Sinusitis(mucosal inflammation, innate immune responses/acquired immune responses).
  • Functional and cosmetic outcomes in rhinoplasty/nasal reconstruction.
  • Clinical Outcomes in Skull Base Surgery.
  • Developing techniques for extended endoscopic surgery.
  • Objective assessment of nasal airflow
The Fellow will be expected to present his/her work at the annual Australia Rhinologic Society or ASOHNS meeting. and at the annual American Rhinologic Society meeting in September (fall) during and following completion of the training.

Diversity of Cases: Inflammatory rhinology, severe disease, nasal airway surgery, orbital and DCR surgery,pituitary surgery, complex skull base, open/external reconstructive and cosmetic rhinoplasty. The following is the case mix of the 2014-2015 fellowship year (440 total).
  • 50 Primary ESS
  • 70 Revision ESS
  • 40 Draf III procedures
  • 40 Sinonasal tumors
  • 40 pituitary surgeries
  • 10 CSF leak repairs
  • 15 Intracranial cases
  • 35 Orbital cases (e.g., DCR, decompression)
  • 80 Rhinoplasty (~40 with costal cartilage graft)
  • 60 Miscellaneous cases (septoplasty, IT reduction, etc.)
  • 0 Balloon dilation cases

Call Schedule: No on-call commitments.

Additional Information: The fellow will assist with the three (3) rhinological courses at St Vincent’s Hospital:
  • Endoscopic Orbital Course – 4th weekend in January
  • Open Structured Rhinoplasty Workshop – 4th weekend in February
  • Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery Course – 3rd weekend in August. Participate in local CME nights in Sydney.
The fellow will also attend a fortnightly rhinology conference.

Salary is provided via private assisting fees. A service is setup to allow easy billing. This approximates $90,000/year and there is a 3 month delay before initial income is received.

Duration: 1 year (July to June)

Location:
  • Prof Ray Sacks – Concord Repatriation General, Macquarie University Hospital and Sydney Adventist Hospitals
  • Dr George Marcells – Sydney and Bondi Junction Private Hospitals
  • Prof Richard Harvey – Macquarie University Hospital and St Vincent’s Public and Private Hospitals
Vacation: 4 weeks vacation with prior approval per fellowship directors.

current and past fellows
2009-2010 Daniel Timperley (NZ)
2010-2011 Seamus Philips (UK)
2011-12 David Chin (Singapore)
2012-2013 Dustin Dalgorf (Canada)
2013-2014 Tal Marsharak-(Israel)
2014-2015 Henry Barham - (USA)
2015-2016 Gretchen Mae-Oakley (USA)

requirements for appointment
Medical graduate qualifications only. Board-eligbile for US. UK trainees only in final year. Spoken and written English IPTAS 8+ for international. USMLE's not required.

application deadline
April 1

contact information
richard@sydneyentclinic.com

Revised 10/05/2015
 

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