University of Utah

Institution & address
University of Utah
50 N Medical Dr. SOM 3C120
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

sf match program id#
5105

fellowship co-directorS
Jeremiah Alt, MD, PhD
Richard Orlandi, MD

Departmental Mission Statement
The Division of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery is committed to exceptional patient care, comprehensive training of future otolaryngologists and the advancement of medicine and science through research.

overview of fellowship
The University of Utah Rhinology Fellowship is built upon a foundation of clinical and academic excellence. This one-year fellowship involves training in all aspects of medical and surgical rhinology. Fellows receive comprehensive training in advanced techniques, including endoscopic skull base surgery and surgery for complicated inflammatory disease. An emphasis on skull base surgery will be placed through our skull base dissection lab and collaborations with neurosurgical colleagues at the University of Utah.

Delivery of high level patient-centered clinical care is complemented by a focus on academic prowess and productivity. Fellows are actively engaged in the program’s research mission, which includes basic science, patient outcomes, therapeutics, and translational research.

Fellows receive a faculty appointment at the instructor level and are actively engaged in all aspects of the department’s teaching program. Teaching residents and other colleagues is a core competency that will be developed during the fellowship. It is expected that fellows will participate in grand rounds, weekly rhinology case conferences, skull base lab dissections, and informal teaching in the clinic and operating rooms. In addition to other clinical duties, fellows will manage an independent rhinology-focused clinic and surgical practice, with increasing autonomy as the year progresses.

fellowship description
Clinical Rotations: The fellow will split his/her time between dedicated rhinologists who have high-volume academic practices, Jeremiah Alt, MD, PhD and Richard Orlandi, MD.

Weekly Schedule: The fellow will spend at least 1 day per week in clinic with Drs. Alt and Orlandi, as well as 1/2 day in his/her own independent clinic. The rest of the week is spent operating with Drs. Alt and Orlandi or preforming independent cases. At minimum, 1 day of dedicated and productive research time per week is protected. Supplementary independent time will be adjusted as the caseload for the fellow’s clinic and experience grows, or additional academic time is needed.

Research Responsibilities: Intellectual curiosity will be nurtured during the year with appropriate financial support, allowing the fellow to engage in a diverse range of research projects. These projects may include familial (genetic & environment) population studies, pathogenesis of CRS at the microscopic level using basic science techniques, investigating quality of life and clinical outcomes in patients with CRS, and translational projects that examine novel therapeutics in rhinology. Fellows are expected to write several manuscripts during the year. Further, time and resources are given to allow the fellow to present their research at regional / national meetings.

Diversity of Cases: The University of Utah has a robust primary and secondary care system and is the only tertiary center for the intermountain West, covering approximately 10% of the United States. As a result the fellowship encompasses all areas of rhinology, and the fellow assumes increasing independence throughout the year through this broad variety of cases. Surgeries include primary and revision endoscopic surgery for inflammatory disease, the full range of advanced frontal sinus procedures, both extradural and intradural skull base resections, and surgery for nasal obstruction. Training is tailored to the fellow’s interests and may include allergy evaluation and management as well.

Call Schedule: The rhinology fellow takes call as a member of the adult otolaryngology-head and neck surgery faculty. Pediatric call is not covered by the adult faculty, including the fellow. Call involves supervision of a team of junior and senior residents at the University of Utah Hospital and the Salt Lake City Veteran’s Administration Hospital during weekdays, nights and weekends. Call will be one week at a time and currently amounts to 4-5 times per year.

Additional Information: Fellows are paid at the University’s PGY-6 level. The fellowship begins in July and the University of Utah is participating in the Rhinology Program match. Deadlines and applications are available at www.SFmatch.org. All applications should be filed through www.SFmatch.org. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to an impactful career in rhinology. Applications will be thoroughly reviewed on an individual basis prior to an offer to interview. Paid vacation time is provided. 

requirements for appointment
Applicants must be board-eligible/board-certified and satisfy the requirements for appointment to the University of Utah faculty and the Veteran’s Hospital, including obtaining a Utah medical licensure.

application deadline
February 1

contact information
Jeremiah Alt, MD, PhD
University of Utah
50 N Medical Dr. SOM 3C120
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Jeremiah.alt@hsc.utah.edu
Tel: 801-581-7515

Richard Orlandi, MD
University of Utah
50 N Medical Dr. SOM 3C120
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Richard.orlandi@hsc.utah.edu
Tel: 801-581-7515
Revised 9/1/2015