Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship

About the Fellowship

This ACGME-accredited fellowship is 12 months.  The curriculum will enable the fellow to acquire the knowledge, skills, and judgment required to competently practice pediatric otolaryngology in either an academic or private practice setting.  Under supervision of the full- and part-time faculty, the fellow will participate in patient care with a graded and progressive responsibility in outpatient clinics, inpatient, emergency room, and ICU consultations, and surgical procedures.  The fellow will also participate in multi-disciplinary clinics and teams such as Maternal Fetal Medicine, Soft Tissue Oncology, Vascular Anomalies, Microtia, Thyroid/parathyroid (Endocrine), Rhinology/sinus surgery, Otology/cochlear implant, Craniofacial Team, Voice, Functional Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES), and Aerodigestive Tract and Sleep.  The fellow will engage in scholarly activity throughout the year with a minimum requirement of submission of a research project for the annual ASPO meeting and complete at least one quality improvement project.  A full-time research study coordinator is available to the fellow to facilitate both basic science and clinical research.  There is no on-call duty to work during a weekend or holiday except for a surgical case that is ‘complex (or) infrequently encountered in the general practice of otolaryngology’ which is an ACGME requirement.

Why CHLA?

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), founded in 1901, was the first pediatric hospital in Southern California and is the largest in the area with more than 320 beds including 106 critical care beds offering more than 350 pediatric specialty programs and services. CHLA consistently ranks in the top 10 children’s hospitals in the nation according to the US News & World Report and is a referral center for Southern California, nationally and internationally. Founded in 1985, the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology’s (ASPO) first president was Dr. Seymour Cohen whose practice was at CHLA. The Division of Otolaryngology at CHLA is the largest group of fellowship-trained pediatric otolaryngologists in Los Angeles. The Division averages 12,000 patient visits and 3,000 surgical procedures annually.

Fellows are involved in the care of both common and complex otolaryngologic disorders in infants, children, and adolescents of a diverse population in one of the nation’s largest cities. All ACGME requirements are met or exceeded including the surgical case index for pediatric otolaryngology fellows. All full-time pediatric fellowship-trained faculty have received their training from different institutions across the nation offering the fellow a variety of perspectives and approaches to patient care. All other faculty are fellowship-trained in otology/neurotology, rhinology/sinus surgery, or facial plastic surgery. The majority of faculty have an additional graduate degree such as an MBA, PhD, or MPH.

Learn More About the Training Program

Please contact the Program Coordinator
Harrison Kwock
Phone: 323-361-8697
Fax: 323-361-7924
Email: hkwock@chla.usc.edu

  • How to Apply
  • Program Fast Facts

The CHLA Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program participates in the SF Match. 

Our program receives applications electronically through the SF Match.  If you are

interested in applying to our fellowship program, you will need to apply through

the SF Match (www.sfmatch.org).

  • Application Deadline: February 1 through the SF Match (www.sfmatch.org)
  • Application requirements: central application and two letters of recommendation; one from the residency program director; a photo is requested
  • Duration of Fellowship: 1 Year
  • #Fellow/Year: 1
  • University Affiliation: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
  • Hospital Affiliation: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Los Angeles   California
  • Licensing Requirement: California Medical Licensure required
  • Post-graduate Training Requirement: documentation of successful completion of an ACGME-accredited otolaryngology residency program or an otolaryngology residency located in Canada and accredited by the RCPSC
  • Appointment Level: Fellow (ACGME-accredited)
  • Clinic Responsibilities: See details above
  • Operative Experience: Includes the full spectrum of pediatric otolaryngology;

congenital and acquired head and neck disorders, thyroid/parathyroid, laryngology and bronchoesophagology with open and endoscopic procedures and videostroboscopy, otology with cochlear implant and endoscopic surgery, sinus surgery

through both endoscopic and external approaches

  • Call Requirements: None 
  • Research: Expected; dedicated time; full access to the Division’s research study coordinator
  • Resident Supervision: Yes – 2 residents
  • Benefits: Medical and dental insurance; 14 days paid vacation + 6 personal days; travel stipends for ASPO meetings
  • Salary: PGY 6 ($67,225)