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One of the major changes in graduate medical education during the past decade has been the increased emphasis on subspecialty fellowships. Ranging from several months to two years in duration, fellowships provide a focused, intensive experience within a specific discipline such as otology, head and neck surgical oncology, or facial plastic surgery.
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Clearly, fellowships provide important opportunities for the trainees and significant challenges for those in charge. Let us look at some of the important issues that surround the growing popularity of fellowships.What is the motivation to pursue an additional period of training after completing residency? Presumably, the trainee is seeking additional proficiency, usually surgical skills, in an area of personal interest. It has recently become apparent that competition for patients is increasing; fellowship credentials seem likely to assume greater importance in this regard in the future.What is the motivation of those organizing fellowship
BAILEY BJ. Fellowship Training. Arch Otolaryngol. 1984;110(2):69. doi:10.1001/archotol.1984.00800280003001
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