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The Otolaryngology Physician Assistant Fellowship is a comprehensive 12 month program. Core competencies have been established in the evaluation and management of various head and neck disorders. By the end of the fellowship year, the Physician Assistant Fellow will have:

  1. Perform minor office procedures
    • Obtaining a patient history
    • Head and Neck physical examination
    • Ordering of diagnostic studies
    • Formulating a differential diagnosis
    • Radiographic interpretation
    • Applied pharmacology
  2. Exhibited a working knowledge of the following disease entities:
    • Ear Pathology
      • Infections
      • Trauma
      • Tumors (Cholesteatoma, Glomus Tumors, Acoustic Neuromas)
      • Facial Nerve Disorders
      • Vertigo and Imbalance
      • Hearing Disorders
    • Nose and Sinus Pathology
      • Infections
      • Trauma
      • Sinonasal Tumors
      • Allergic Disorders
      • Smell Disorders
      • Epistaxis
      • Sinus Disease
    • Pharyngeal and Oral Cavity Pathology
      • Infections
      • Trauma
      • Oral cavity/oropharyngeal tumors
      • Taste Disorders
      • Odontogenic Pathology
      • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    • Laryngeal Pathology
      • Infections
      • Trauma
      • Tumors
      • Voice Disorders
      • Swallow Disorders
    • Neck Pathology
      • Infections
      • Trauma
      • Tumors (Lymphoma, Metastatic disease)
      • Thyroid Gland Disorders
      • Parathyroid Gland Disorders
      • Airway Management
      • Tracheotomy Management
      • Laryngectomy Management
      • Salivary Gland Disorders
  3. Exhibited a working knowledge of the following skills/procedures:
    • Ear Pathology
    • Microscopic otoscopy
    • Myringotomy
    • Pressure-equalizing tube placement
    • Cerumen removal/external auditory canal debridement
    • Rigid nasal endoscopy
    • Nasal packing/control of epistaxis
    • Flexible naso-laryngoscopy
    • Tracheotomy tube placement/maintenance
    • Transesophageal puncture tube placement/maintenance
    • Wound care and management
    • Airway management
    • Suturing/suture removal
  4. Successfully completed the following rotations:
    • Head and Neck/Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery
    • Head and Neck/Transoral Laser Microsurgery
    • Otology
    • Rhinology/Sinus Surgery
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology
    • Facial Plastic Surgery
    • Radiation Oncology
    • Audiology
    • Speech and Swallow Therapy
  5. Successfully completed the following assessments:
    • Weekly Otolaryngology Topic Review
    • Inpatient Teaching Rounds with Attending Physician and PA Staff
    • Weekly Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Tumor Board
    • Bi-monthly Head and Neck Radiology Conference
    • Weekly Otolaryngology Core Curriculum
    • Bi-monthly Otolaryngology Journal Club
    • Monthly Morbidity and Mortality Conference
    • Weekly Case Study Review with Attending Physician
    • Mid-Year Written Examination
    • End-Year Manuscript

Grading or Evaluation

Successful completion of all clinical rotations, program seminars, formal presentations, activities, mid-term examination and preparation of an academic manuscript is required for graduation.

Advanced Placement / Credit Transfer Policy

This fellowship does not grant advanced placement and does not accept transfer of credit hours.

Mayo School of Health Sciences uses evaluative tools that include:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews


Physician assistants provide diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive health care services under the supervision of physicians. During the PA Fellowship, the Fellow will be assigned a supervising physician who will provide proper supervision in concordance with Arizona State law and Mayo Clinic practice guidelines for physician assistants.


Moonlighting is prohibited for all fellows. Exceptions may be granted at the program director’s discretion. For more information regarding the moonlighting policy, please contact the program director.

  • May 2, 2012
  • ART982058