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The Ear Science Institute Australia offers an excellent learning environment for suitable qualified and dedicated persons to contribute to the research, clinical and educational aims of the institute through a Clinical Fellowship in Otology and Skull Base Surgery:

Clinical Fellowship in Otology and Skull Based Surgery:

Fellowship Overview

The Fellowship in Otology and Skull Base Surgery at Ear Science Institute Australia and the Department of Otolaryngology, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, provides a broad experience for surgeons who will assume leadership positions in academic centres and hospitals throughout the world.

The Fellowship is administered by Professor Marcus Atlas, Professor of Otolaryngology at The University of Western Australia and Dr. Jafri Kuthubutheen, Otology and Skull Base Surgeon at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

The position concentrates on specialised surgery involving the ear, skull base, vestibular system and inner ear. There is also an opportunity to be involved in an active head and neck oncology programme, rhinology and general otolaryngology. The Fellow's responsibilities include junior surgeon education, clinical responsibilities, administration and managerial tasks. A high level of academic scholarship is expected through familiarity with relevant literature. 

Ear Science Institute Australia is a clinical, research and education institute dedicated to the investigation and treatment of hearing and ear disorders. The major hospitals involved in clinical care are Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and St John of God Hospital Subiaco.

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital is a large teaching hospital and is accredited with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. The hospital deals with all sub-specialities in otolaryngology and has an otolaryngology training programme.

The Department of Otolaryngology, University of Western Australia, is based at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

St John of God Hospital Subiaco, is one of Australia's leading private hospitals with 485 beds and a full range of on-site specialty diagnostic services.

Fellowship Details:

The Fellowship experience is gained primarily through hands-on clinics and operating theatres. Clinics are run in the public sector at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and in the private offices at the Ear Science Institute Australia. Operating theatres are run in the public sector at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and in the private sector at the Subiaco Private Hospital and St John of God Hospital Subiaco. The Fellow will also be involved in the management of private patients at St John of God Hospital for Professor Marcus Atlas.

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital has a University affiliation and carries out a wide range of otolaryngology surgery. Complicated acoustic tumour, skull-base and ear surgery is regularly performed at both Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and St John of God Hospital. Surgery is usually scheduled for Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays with one day a week set aside for active clinical or basic research. 

The Fellow will be expected to attend regular Continuous Medical Education programmes including meetings with diagnostic radiology, pathology and administrative matters. The Fellow will also be expected to be involved in clinical research programmes, and to submit clinical papers and abstracts to appropriate conferences for presentation and publication. Funding for ongoing interests and projects may be obtainable. A sophisticated audio-visual unit provides assistance in the production of videos, posters and presentations. The Fellow will be expected to be involved in undergraduate medical teaching and in otolaryngology trainee education on a regular basis. 

A busy audiology, vestibular and hearing implant unit located at the Ear Science Institute Australia works closely with the Department of Otolaryngology at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. The most up to date implantable hearing devices are being utilised and regular multidisciplinary implant meetings are held monthly to discuss patient candidacy. The Fellow is expected to familiarise themselves with this unit, attend implant meetings, as well as be involved in education to a University-based audiology programme.

Duration and Funding

The next available position is from June 2019.

The Fellowship is of 12 month’s duration. Funding for 24 hours per week (3 days) is provided by Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and details are available on request.  Funding for the remaining time (2 days surgical and clinical) in the private sector may be obtainable through surgical assist fees but not guaranteed and is the responsibility of the fellow to organise (subject to Medicare 19AB exemption approval). The arrangement of transportation, housing and relocation is the responsibility of the selected applicant; however, the administrative staff of the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital are available to assist with any queries.

Selection Process

The selection process for applicants consists of:

  • Applicant assessment and ranking where a short-list of applicants will be determined after assessment of CVs

  • Reference reports requested on short-listed applicants

  • An interview, often made via Skype in cases where the applicant is overseas or out of Perth.

Application Process

The Fellowship is available to qualified trainees in the specialty of otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) locally and internationally. Overseas Fellows are welcome. Such individuals shall have completed their fellowship training. More detailed information will be made available upon successful application to the Fellowship.

To apply please email a copy of your current CV to surgery@earscience.org.au
CV Detail Requirements (PDF 22 MB) 

Other Important Information:

To register for the Medical Board, overseas applicants may be required to sit a relevant English Language Examination.  The IELTS (or approved equivalent) Test Report will be requested upon successful application to the Fellowship.

Current Fellow

Dr John Renton
July 2017 – June 2018

Past Fellows

Dr Yvette Smulders
June 2016 – June 2018
Dr Thadé Goderie
June 2015 – June 2016
Dr Rebecca Heywood
June 2014 – June 2015
Dr Paula Casserly
June 2013 – June 2014
Dr Norweed Ahmad
June 2012 – June 2013
Dr Peter Santa Maria
October 2011 – June 2012
Dr Peter Gochee
United States
August 2011 – October 2011
Dr Barrie Tan
August 2010 –  June 2011
Dr Michael Gluth
United States
January 2009 – June 2009
July 2009 – July 2010
Dr Bernard Hoffmann
January 2009 – June 2009
Dr Heng Wai Yuen
July 2008 – January 2009
Mauricio Cohen
March 2008 – July 2008
Dr Rebecca Garland
New Zealand
July 2007 – December 2007
Dr Matthew Leaper
New Zealand
January 2007 – June 2007
Dr Abdulrahman Al Sanosi
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
January 2006 – July 2006
Dr Vivian Singh
August 2005 – April 2006
Dr Gunesh Rajan
January 2004 – December 2004
Dr Neil Fergie
July 2004 – January 2005
Dr Avivan Banerjee
January 2003 – December 2003
Dr Peter O’Sullivan
January 2002 – January 2003
Dr Venkat Srinivasan
November 2000 – January 2001