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Neurotology Fellowship

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is pleased to offer a two year fellowship in neurotology. The primary goal of our training program is to produce a clinician-investigator with sufficient technical and experimental design skills to independently initiate a program of clinical service and research as an academician in Neurotology. This is a high expectation for a short period of time. We expect, however, that training within the Division of Otology-Neurotology will accomplish this goal for the following reasons:

  1. We will recruit from a select group of candidates who will enter the program having demonstrated a commitment to research and specific knowledge in relevant areas in Otolaryngology.
  2. We expect that our Neurotology fellow will enter with a sufficient fund of clinical skills to allow for rapid acquisition of technical skills.
  3. We will provide a vigorous training sequence.

The first 6 months will be devoted to defining a specific research project and acquiring the skills needed to accomplish this project and future investigations in the field. In the ensuing 18 months we expect the neurotology fellow to master the technical skills required to perform contemporary procedures of the internal auditory canal, cochlea, and skull base, as well as receive training in audiological and vestibular testing, neuroradiology and radiosurgery.

The specific curriculum to be followed for the Neurotologic trainee will vary depending on their of research interest. Each trainee, however, will...

  1. Complete a core training program defined by the basic sciences department involved and will include full participation in the Auditory Structure and Function Course.
  2. Complete a research project that will be suitable for publication in a high quality journal and introduce new directions for further research.
  3. Complete a short course in experimental design/statistics and ethics as offered by the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  4. Participate in weekly Grand Rounds in the department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, as well as seminar series at the Center for Hearing Sciences.
  5. Participate in the weekly Neurotology Conference. The trainee will be responsible for presenting to the Neurotology group on a monthly basis on topics ranging from basic auditory and vestibular science to clinical management and surgical treatment of Neurotologic disorders.

For certification, the trainee must demonstrate a mastery of the concepts underlying the design and conduct of their research project. In the clinical phase of training, the fellow must demonstrate sound clinical and surgical judgment and show competency in neurotologic surgical skills as judged by the staff of the division of otology, neurotology. A solid performance as demonstrated in presentation of research and clinical data in our department and national conferences will be required.

The fellow in neurotology will be available for operative management of major neurotologic procedures over an 18 month interval. The trainee will assist residents in general otologic procedures to enhance their operative and teaching skills. The fellow will also participate in neurotologic clinics to be closely supervised by staff. 

Further information about our division is available at 

Deadline for applications:  In order for an applicant to be considered, the following application materials must be received by July 1st:

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation (3 total)
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE scores
  • In-training Exam scores
  • Photograph

These items should be uploaded directly to the SF Match. 

Applicants must register with the San Francisco Match ( and follow their instructions for registration.  

Interviews are scheduled between the months of July, August and September.  You will be notified by email if you are invited to interview.

For additional information, please contact Donna M. RileyResidency Training Program Administrator.


John P. Carey, M.D.
Program Director

John Carey

Daniel Sun, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Daniel Sun, M.D. 

Neurotology Fellows

  • Jenny Chen, M.D.

    Jenny Chen, M.D.
  • Desi Schoo, M.D.

    Desi Schoo, M.D.
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