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Physician Assistant Fellowship, Otolaryngology (Arizona)

Program Description

Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) offers a 12-month post-graduate Physician Assistant Fellowship in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. This is the only fellowship offered in the United States for Physician Assistants who wish to specialize in Otolaryngology. Two applicants are accepted to the program each year, with the academic year lasting from the first Monday in October through the end of September the following year.

This is a comprehensive educational program providing training for Physician Assistants in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. The awarded Fellows will receive clinical and surgical experience in a renowned health-care institution focusing on advancements in patient care, education and research. This opportunity will equip the graduate Physician Assistant with the skills necessary to provide the highest quality of care to patients with a diverse array of ailments. Throughout the year, the Physician Assistant Fellow will engage in didactic courses, journal club discussions, research-based compositions, outpatient medicine, hospital-based medicine, and surgical practices.

Mission Statement

The post-graduate ENT Physician Assistant (PA) Fellowship provides surgical and clinical training to PAs in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery through integrated clinical practice, education and research.

Program Goals

The Physician Assistant Fellow will:

  • Develop a broad knowledge base of 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 intra-operative and inpatient management, and concluding with post-operative 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 assist during head and neck procedures.
  • Perform minor office procedures.
  • Assist in inpatient and emergency on-call duties.


Mayo Foundation is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission.

The Mayo Clinic Arizona Otolaryngology Physician Assistant Fellowship is recognized by the Association of Postgraduate Physician Assistant Programs (APPAP).

The Mayo Clinic Otolaryngology Physician Assistant Fellowship is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).


Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale opened in 1987 as a premiere academic medical center in the southwestern United States, where medical research and education are fully integrated with delivering the highest-quality patient care.

Campus activity in Scottsdale is centered around a beautiful five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains 240 exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, a pharmacy, a patient-education library, an endoscopy suite and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in more than 66 medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

The campus offers excellent education facilities, including classrooms, lecture halls, an extensive library and computer lab. The Samuel C. Johnson Research Center, a 75,000-square-foot research building, houses scientists, trainees and students focused on molecular genetics, molecular immunology, molecular and cell biology, molecular chemistry and surgical research.

The state-of-the-art 256-bed Mayo Clinic Hospital in northeast Phoenix opened in 1998 and is the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized as "the Best Hospital in Phoenix" several times by Phoenix magazine.

The Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at Mayo Clinic 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

Upon successful completion of the fellowship, the graduate will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Mayo School of Health Sciences and Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.


For the majority of the fellowship, the learning schedule will include 10-hour days, five days per week. The fellow will take shared ENT call an average of eight times per month, including overnight call and at least one weekend per month.

Class Size

Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits 2 fellows into its Otolaryngology Physician Assistant Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. This ensures that the fellow will receive a comprehensive educational experience with close one-on-one instruction.

  • May 2, 2012
  • ART039720