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In the first part of this editorial, we emphasized the steady growth in the number of fellowship educational programs in the specialty of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. The fact that more than 100 positions are now available for fellowship training in the United States is remarkable in and of itself, but numbers are the least significant part of the story. What we have done is of less importance than what we have not done.
In fact, one could develop a rather long list of urgent tasks to be completed in response to the proliferation of fellowships, such as to (1) determine the number and type of fellowships needed by the public, (2) establish educational standards, (3) decide who will accredit fellowships, (4) study the effect of fellowship programs on the training of residents, (5) agree on the best method for certifying/credentialing fellows, (6) define the content of "general otolaryngology-head and
BAILEY BJ. Fellowship Proliferation: Part II: Impact and Long-range Trends. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1991;117(3):265–266. doi:10.1001/archotol.1991.01870150033001
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