For July 2015, University of Washington filled its fellowships with applicants from specialists outside of otolaryngology. “This year one of our fellows is an otolaryngologist in the hybrid sleep medicine/surgery fellowship track,” said Edward M. Weaver, MD, MPH, professor of otolaryngology, chief of sleep surgery, and co-director of the University of Washington Medicine Sleep Center in Seattle.
Eric J. Kezirian, MD, MPH, professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery in the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, said the program had many applicants in 2014 for its two sleep medicine fellowship positions, and both were filled by otolaryngologists who will begin their fellowships later this year. “We have a schedule with some elective time, and they will spend it with me in an enhanced sleep surgery experience,” he said.
Some otolaryngologists may be interested in a fellowship that is more focused on sleep surgery, without the training to take the sleep medicine board examination. “We have considered this an option if there is interest,” Dr. Kezirian said.