There are no current global standards of training, practice and level of care for patients with neoplasms of the Head and Neck. There are significant variations in the quality and levels of care in various geographic locations in the world. The goal of the global online fellowship is to create a program to teach and train young surgeons and test their knowledge and thought processes, through which relative uniformity of knowledge base and judgment are measured and certified for specialists, through online education with continuous updating and monitoring of their knowledge base.
The fellowship will involve a commitment of 2 years of self learning through a structured course curriculum, with periodic online examinations as the program progresses, until completion. During the course of the Fellowship the candidates will embark upon a 1 month observership and at the completion of the curriculum appear for an oral examination before an international panel of examiners. Upon successful completion of the oral examination a certificate will be issued recognizing the satisfactory completion of the course curriculum, and passing the examination.
Such certification will ensure that the candidates have acquired an established global standard of core knowledge, and matured their judgment process through self education and successful completion of all examinations.
Global On Line Fellowship (GOLF) Update 2017
In Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology
The International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS) has collaborated with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) to develop an On line Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, known as the Global On Line Fellowship (GOLF). We are happy to report on the number of surgeons throughout the world who have recently graduated or are currently participating in the fellowship.
In the past three years, 258 board-qualified surgeons have registered for GOLF. 98 registered in 2014, 78 in 2015, and 82 in 2016. The first oral and final examination of this two year fellowship was conducted in October 2016 and 84 candidates passed the final examination of the fellowship and will receive their certificates in head and neck surgery and oncology, issued jointly by MSKCC and IFHNOS.
Candidates for the fellowship come from 2015-2018 come from 45 countries, including the United States, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, India, China, Russia, Spain, Australia, and many others. The locations of the origin of the GOLF candidate are shown in Fig.1., which shows the global appeal of the GOLF program.
Twenty experts serve on the written examination committee, which develops the quarterly multiple choice examination questions. Thirty senior leaders in Head and Neck Oncology participated in the oral examination of the fellowship, excluding traveling faculty and several others
The 2016 oral examination was conducted in Delhi, India, Prague, Czech Republic, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Hong Kong, China, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The oral examiners consisted of six members of the travelling faculty of the 2016 IFHNOS World Tour, and at each location six local / regional experts, for a total of 30 global experts.
GOLF is open to board-qualified surgeons in their home country, anywhere in the world. The course of study requires self-learning through a structured course curriculum developed by an international committee of surgeons, and oncologists, including those from MSK, with quarterly online exams. During the fellowship, candidates are also required to complete a one month observership at one of the 35 approved observership sites around the globe followed by an oral examination before an international panel. Upon successful completion of the program, the fellow receives a certificate in head and neck surgery and oncology.
● Surgical Anatomy
● History and Basic Principles of Head and Neck Surgery
● Epidemiology, Etiology, and Pathology
● Diagnostic Radiology of the Head and Neck
● Tumors of the Scalp, Skin and Melanoma
● Eyelids and Orbit
● Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinuses
● Skull Base and Temporal Bone
● Lips and Oral Cavity
● Pharynx and Esophagus
● Larynx and Trachea
● Cervical Lymph Nodes
● Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands
* Video viewing of operative techniques on the IFHNOS website
● Salivary Glands
● Neurogenic Tumors and Paragangliomas
● Soft Tissue Tumors
● Bone Tumors and Odontogenic Lesions
● Reconstructive Surgery
● Oncologic Dentistry and Maxillofacial Prosthetics
● Principles of Radiation Oncology
● Principles of Chemotherapy
● Molecular Oncology, Genomics and Immunology
April 1, 2017
September 15, 2017
Notification of Acceptance
September 22, 2017
October 1, 2017
20 Month Text Learning and video watching
of Specific Topics
Upon Successful Completion
Global Online Fellowship in
Head & Neck Surgery and Oncology
Certificate issued by IFHNOS
Written - Online (All must be completed)
January 12, 2018
October 12, 2018
July 12, 2019
April 13, 2018
January 11, 2019
July 13, 2018
April 12, 2019
Applicants Must Have
Graduation from Medical School
A minimum of five years of surgical training following completion of medical school and Board certification (or equivalent) in the specialty of general surgery, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, or similar field in their country.
Current engagement in Head and Neck Surgery training or practice.
Certification and letter of support from the Head of the institution where the candidate conducts his/her clinical activities indicating a commitment by the candidate to the specialty of head and neck surgery and oncology, and current nature and tenure of employment.
A complete list of operative procedures performed during the preceding year showing a significant proportion (over 50%) of head and neck cancer/tumor cases, where the candidate was either the operating surgeon or first assistant.
Personal statement indicating commitment by the candidate to complete the Fellowship and future career goals to utilize the knowledge gained through this Fellowship.
To apply, please complete the Global Online Fellowship in H&N Surgery and Oncology Application by clicking here and submit, along with the required supporting materials, Curriculum Vitae and non-refundable US $100 application processing fee to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Course Curriculum and examination fees may be paid at one time or in 2 installments of USD $1,250 with the following due dates:
December 15, 2017
December 15, 2018
METHODS OF PAYMENT
A bank check made out in US Dollars to "IFHNOS", and mailed to the IFHNOS office at : IFHNOS, C/O, Dr. Jatin Shah, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY. 10065. USA
Direct Wire transfer from Bank to Bank, as follows:
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