Depending on which path you choose, three criteria are generally important in determining where to pursue a fellowship, said Devyani Lal, MD, assistant professor of otolaryngology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. The first consideration is the faculty, particularly the fellowship director. Is he or she an expert in the field in which you wish to subspecialize? How well do you think you could personally get along? What is the director’s past mentorship track, and how well does he or she continue to support former fellows?
The second consideration involves surgical and clinical training opportunities. What kinds of cases are seen, and what cutting-edge surgeries are being performed? Is this a regional or national referral center? What is the patient volume?
The third consideration is the institution’s available resources. What are the academic credentials and opportunities for research collaborations? Is the institution well-endowed; does it have state-of-the-art equipment? “Ask where do you see yourself in five years; where do you want to be in 20?” Dr. Lal said.