During the Advanced Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, fellows participate in all aspects of patient care and are expected to function independently in routine surgical cases, including preoperative and postoperative care of patients.
Fellows are encouraged to participate in research projects and are expected to present at regional and national meetings. In addition, submitting manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals is promoted.
Trainees participate in departmental conferences, seminars, journal club and multidisciplinary conferences throughout the academic year. Fellows also coordinate and present conferences, including Otorhinolaryngology Grand Rounds.
Trainees are encouraged to participate in committees pertaining to education within Mayo Clinic.
Trainees meet periodically with the program director to discuss their individual goals and receive ongoing support for future career development.
To ensure that fellows gain proficiency and develop the corresponding technical skills, their performance is monitored throughout the Advanced Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship. After completing each clinical rotation, trainees are formally evaluated by their supervising faculty members. Then, fellows meet with the program director to review their evaluations. In addition, fellows regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure their educational goals are being met.