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Head and Neck Oncology Fellowship

Head and Neck Oncology Fellowship

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The Head and Neck Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a one-year, non-ACGME-accredited program that accepts one fellow per year. It is accredited by the American Head and Neck Society and the AHNS Advanced Training Council.

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The Head and Neck Oncology Fellowship covers the breadth of head and neck surgical oncology, including aerodigestive malignancies, salivary gland benign and malignant masses, head and neck cutaneous malignancies, skull base cancers and endocrine disease.

A highlight of the fellowship is an integrative approach to endocrine surgical pathology that incorporates both otolaryngology surgeons and endocrine surgeons.

The fellowship incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to all aspects of head and neck oncology and provides a robust experience in reconstruction, including microvascular reconstruction, local and pedicled flaps and orbital reconstruction.

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The fellow will have clinical responsibilities, including three to three and a half days in the operating room, one day of clinic and half a day to one day of academic or administrative time.

Surgical responsibilities will include serving as the primary surgeon or supervising surgeon for ablative head and neck surgical cases and endocrine cases depending on the complexity of the case and overall training progression of the fellow.

For reconstructive and skull base cases, the fellow will serve as a first assist and training surgeon in the beginning of the fellowship and transition to the primary or supervising surgeon near the end of the training. Open and endoscopic skull base cases will follow a similar graduated experience for the fellow.

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Interested applicants should apply through the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS).

The typical application period extends from December to March of the academic year, two years prior to the fellowship; for instance, applications for fellowships starting July 2021 will apply in 2019-2020.

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In December 2017, the system partnered with Highmark Health to facilitate creation of a value-based, community care network in the region. The shared goal of Highmark and Penn State Health is to ensure patients in the community are within:

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Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

500 University Dr., Hershey, Pa., 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)

  • The health system’s 548-bed flagship teaching and research hospital
  • The only medical facility in Pennsylvania accredited as both an adult and a pediatric Level I (highest-level) trauma center
  • Dedicated surgical, neuroscience, cardiovascular, trauma and medical intensive care units
  • Accredited Life Lion critical-care transport providing more than 1,100 helicopter and approximately 750 ground ambulance transports per year
  • More than 1,300 faculty members and more than 650 residents and fellows
  • Approximately 28,500 admissions, 75,000 emergency department visits, 1.1 million outpatient visits and 32,000 surgical procedures annually
  • Designated as a Magnet hospital three times

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600 University Dr., Hershey, Pa. 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)

  • A five-story, 263,000-square-foot-facility built in 2013
  • Three-floor expansion opened in November 2020
  • Level IV (highest-level) neonatal intensive care unit
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  • Dedicated pediatric operating rooms
  • More than 150,000 pediatric outpatient visits and approximately 5,000 pediatric patient discharges annually

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Wellness, including emotional, spiritual, social and physical health, is a crucial component to training and to becoming a professional, compassionate and resilient physician. Self-care is a skill which must be continually practiced and reinforced. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health are committed to addressing wellness among residents and fellows, with multiple resources readily available.

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Institutional Resources

Penn State Health celebrates, embraces and supports the diversity of all patients, faculty, staff, students and trainees.

In keeping with this, the institution has an active Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with various programs, networks and resource groups, including:

  • Regular talks and lectures on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Periodic town halls on topics such as eradicating racism and creating a culture of inclusiveness
  • An allyship support group
  • Many affinity resource network groups, including:
    • Disability Affinity Resource Network Group
    • Group on Women in Medicine and Science
    • Interfaith Affinity Resource Network Group
    • LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Resource Network Group
    • Military/Veterans Affinity Resource Network Group
    • Multicultural Affinity Resource Network Group
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  • A new organization specifically for trainees, the Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows

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In addition, the institution does not tolerate discrimination, biases, microaggression, harassment or learner mistreatment of any kind, and any concerns are immediately addressed by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment.

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