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University of Utah
30 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112




Jeremiah Alt, MD, PhD, FARS
Kristine A Smith, MD, FRCSC


The Department 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.


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.


Clinical Rotations:

The fellow will split their time between dedicated rhinologists who have high-volume academic practices (Jeremiah Alt, MD, PhD; Gretchen Oakely, MD;  and Kristine Smith, MD).

Weekly Schedule:

The fellow will spend at least 1 day per week in clinic with the rhinology faculty as well as 1/2 day in his/her own independent clinic. The rest of the week is spent operating with the rhinology faculty or performing independent cases. One 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. Research mentorship is provided by all Rhinology Faculty, including Dr. Abigail Pulsipher, PhD, who leads the translational science program for the Division of Rhinology. More information on the Utah Rhinology & Oncology Care (UROC) Innovations can be found at

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, endoscopic orbital cases, and surgery for nasal obstruction including open septorhinoplasty and nasal valve reconstruction. Training is tailored to the fellow’s interests.

2021-2022 Fellow's Case Log

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 coverage is equivalent to the attending call volume for other faculty at the University of Utah.

Additional Information:

Fellows are paid at the University’s PGY-6 level. The fellowship begins in July, with the potential for a flexible start date to accommodate relocation. The University of Utah is participating in the Rhinology Program match. Deadlines and applications are available at All applications should be filed through 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.


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.


There is one fellowship position offered. The Fellowship is currently a 1 year clinical/research experience. The University of Utah is participating in the Rhinology match. Applications should be filed through Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis and interviews will be offered in March and April.


Jeremiah Alt, MD, PhD
[email protected]

Kristine A Smith, MD, FRCSC 
[email protected]

University of Utah
30 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Tel: 801-581-7515