Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers a 12-month postgraduate Physician Assistant Fellowship in Otolaryngology at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona.

This educational program provides comprehensive training for physician assistants in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery. You receive clinical and surgical experience in a renowned health care institution focusing on advancements in patient care, education and research. This opportunity equips you with the skills necessary to provide the highest quality of care to patients with a diverse array of ailments.

Throughout the year, you engage in didactic courses, journal club discussions, research-based compositions, outpatient medicine, hospital-based medicine and surgical practices.

Program goals

As a physician assistant (PA) fellow in otolaryngology, you:

  • Develop a broad knowledge base of ear, nose and throat (ENT)-related illnesses in outpatient clinical and inpatient hospital settings
  • Utilize evidence-based medicine practices to develop differential diagnoses and respective treatment plans
  • Gain proficiency in the evaluation of the airway and the management of an airway emergency
  • Become proficient in the diagnosis and management of head and neck cancers
  • Develop the verbal skills needed for effective communication with consulting physicians, nursing staff, patients and patient families
  • Effectively manage patients beginning with the initial outpatient consultation, leading through intraoperative and inpatient management, and concluding with postoperative follow-up
  • Participate in the education and training of rotating physician assistant students
  • Attain surgical skills including sterile prep, suturing, knot tying, surgical instrumentation, and surgical first assisting during head and neck procedures
  • Perform minor office procedures
  • Assist in inpatient and emergency on-call duties


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Mayo Clinic has two campuses in Arizona. The Phoenix campus includes the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital, the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized several times by Phoenix magazine as the Best Hospital in Phoenix.

The Mayo Clinic campus in Scottsdale is centered around a beautiful, five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains extensive exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, pharmacy, patient education library, endoscopy suite, and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in numerous medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including outstanding programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

The Department of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery in Arizona provides evaluation, management and surgical services for problems pertaining to the ear, nose, sinus, mouth, throat, head and neck.

Diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients include evaluation of voice disorders, fiber-optic upper aerodigestive system examination, video laryngoscopy, sinus endoscopy, reconstructive and cosmetic facial surgery, screening for tumors of the head and neck, orthognathic reconstruction, electronystagmography, dynamic posturography, brainstem-evoked response testing, and clinical audiology.

Graduation and certification

After successfully completing this fellowship, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.


For the majority of the fellowship, your learning schedule includes 10-hour days, five days a week including weekends and nights. All hours worked are in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) medical resident hour restrictions. You take shared ENT call an average of eight times a month, including overnight call and at least one weekend each month.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits two fellows to the Physician Assistant Fellowship in Otolaryngology. This ensures that you receive tailored instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.

Feb. 16, 2018