The Head and Neck Fellowship Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is a one year program accredited by the American Head and Neck Society Advanced Training Council. The Division of Head and Neck Surgery/Oncology at UAMS has an average of 2,100 new patient referrals, 7,800 return patient visits and a surgical caseload of over 1,300 inpatient or outpatient procedures annually. The Head and Neck team performs close to 200 free flaps and 30 to 40 TORS cases a year.
Fellows are 100% clinical and have a structured daily schedule to provide adequate exposure in the operating room and clinics. We carefully design schedules based on the widest possible exposure for training; however, minor changes are possible on a day-to-day basis, such as the variety of cases in the operating room available to the fellow in training or absence of certain faculty members, made at the fellow’s discretion.
Fellows have a responsibility of overseeing resident rounds on Head and Neck Service inpatients, and interact with APRNs on Head and Neck Service to facilitate inpatient care. Fellows facilitate inpatient consultations as an independent provider, see patients in the clinics, help in the management of immediate needs of the service such as tracheotomies and perform lower acuity procedures under minimal or no supervision.
Our program has an average of 2,600 clinical duty hours for the 12-month period.
Fellows participate in call activities assigned by the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Fellows have an academic and research requirement, including outcomes research, presentation(s) at national meetings, and submission of manuscript(s) for publication. Funds may be available to cover most, if not all, of the cost incurred during travel to meetings and/or educational conferences.
This is a superb opportunity to build a strong and successful academic career and make significant contributions to the discipline of head and neck surgery. Graduates of this program are expected to become particularly adept at the management of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck, including but not limited to:
- Benign and malignant upper aerodigestive neoplasms, namely oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx, larynx and parapharyngeal space
- Benign and malignant tumors and disorders of major and minor salivary glands
- Benign and malignant cutaneous lesions of the head and neck region.
- Management of benign and malignant thyroid and parathyroid disease.
- Ample exposure to transoral robotic surgery
- Management of various head and neck defects necessitating local and regional flaps as well as microvascular free tissue transfer.
- Ample exposure to skull base and parapharyngeal space tumors. Basic proficiency in head and neck ultrasound (and guided needle biopsies, radiology and pathology)
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Head and Neck Fellowship Program
4301 West Markham, Slot 543
Little Rock, AR 72205
Emre A. Vural, M.D.
Head and Neck Fellowship Director