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GME > Fellowship Programs > Rhinology (Advanced) and Facial Plastic Surgery > About The Program
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Program Overview
Clinical Training
Surgical Training
Academics
Salary and Benefits

Program Overview

The objective of this one year fellowship is to achieve the highest level of training for fellows in:

  1. Advanced nasal and sinus disorders
  2. Facial plastic surgery, with an emphasis on rhinoplasty
  3. Allergy

Fellows should leave the training program comfortable to pursue these endeavors at an advanced level in either a private practice or academic setting.

Fellows will complete more than 300 cases per year in these disciplines, and perform them both at a major academic center (the largest teaching hospital in Chicago) and in the private practice setting at a well-equipped community hospital and state-of-the-art surgicenter.

The fellowship lasts for twelve months and fellows will receive well-rounded training in the medical, surgical and academic aspects of rhinology and facial plastic surgery.

Clinical Training

The cornerstone of care for patients suffering from refractory chronic rhinitis and rhinosinusitis is medical therapy. Even patients requiring surgery demand long-term medical management.

Fellows will participate in an extremely busy clinical practice with significant independence but under the direct guidance of the program director at all times. Fellows will learn both evidence-based medicine as well as "off-label" use of many medications often required for refractory rhinosinusitis as few drugs are FDA-approved for chronic rhinosinusitis, i.e. they will learn both the "art and science of medicine."

They will also learn the clinical aspects of facial plastic surgery, including facial analysis, the art of dealing with both the "typical" facial plastics patient and the "difficult" patient, office-based procedures including BotoxTM, RestylaneTM, JuvidermTM, RadiesseTM, facial implants, aesthetic skin care and resurfacing, as well as the marketing and business aspects of medicine.

The fellows will receive extensive training in ENT allergy and learn both in situ and in vivo testing techniques, behavioral management, pharmacotherapy, and immunotherapy.

The fellows will work alongside a full-time allergy nurse and rotate for several full-time clinics with a general allergy practice at Rush University Medical Center.

Call will consist of only one week per month for the private practice only with no ER call duties, and the fellow will assist with one half-day weekend clinic per month.

Surgical Training

The fellows will participate in well over 300 cases/year. The rhinologic cases will include a large number of primary and revision endoscopic sinus surgery, computer-guided surgery, septorhinoplasty, turbinoplasty, orbital decompression, sinonasal tumors, and anterior skull base surgery including CSF leaks. The program director receives referrals for challenging rhinologic cases from general Otolaryngologists within the Chicago metropolitan area.

The facial plastics cases are centered around primary and revision rhinoplasty (the "union" of rhinology and facial plastic surgery), but fellows will also be well-trained to perform blepharoplasty, facial implants, facial trauma, scar revision, facelift, browplasty and forehead lifts, local flaps and otoplasty.

Academics

Fellows will be expected to complete one clinical and one basic science research project per year, and will receive guidance from the program director and full-time basic science researchers to complete this mission. They will perform one intra-departmental grand rounds per year, will attend weekly departmental conferences, quarterly endoscopic sinus conferences with other Chicago-area rhinology experts, and will be allowed to attend national rhinology and/or facial plastics conferences at which they present research. Fellows will assist with the teaching and training of Rush ENT residents and medical students.

Salary and Benefits

Fellows will receive compensation at the PGY-6 level with full benefits including health care. They will receive 4 weeks of paid vacation. Salary and benefits will be articulated in the contemporaneous Rush Housestaff Agreement, which is renegotiated and improved each academic year. They will also receive travel and tuition to any national conference at which they present their research.



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