Global Online Fellowship

  • The Fellowship

    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.

  • Course Curriculum

    • 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
    • Nutrition
    • Biostatistics
  • Time Line

    Applications Open May 1, 2018
    Applications Close September 1, 2018
    Notification of Acceptance September 15, 2018
    Program Begins October 1, 2018
    20 Month Text Learning and video watching
    of Specific Topics
    7 Quarterly Exams 1 Month Observership at an Approved Site
    (to be completed at any point during the Fellowship.)
    For a list of Mentors at the approved sites please
    Oral Examinations October 2020
    Upon Successful Completion
    Global Online Fellowship in
    Head & Neck Surgery and Oncology
    Certificate issued by IFHNOS
  • Examination Dates

    Written - Online (All must be completed)
    January 11, 2019 October 11, 2019 July 10, 2020
    April 12, 2019 January 10, 2020  
    July 12, 2019 April 10, 2020  
    Oral -Examination
    October, 2020 in various locations

    Applicants Must Have

    • 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.

  • Application

    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

    Application Processing Fee: (non-refundable) USD $100
    Course Curriculum & Examination Fee: USD $2500
    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, 2018 December 15, 2019

    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:

    • 1. Payment by Credit Card
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    • 3. Payment by Cheque

      A bank cheque 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

  • Approved Observership Sites

    Observation Center Mentor Email
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA Jatin Shah
    M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA Randal Weber;
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA Robert Ferris
    University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada Ian Witterick
    Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK Peter Clarke
    Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK Ricard Simo
    University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK Hisham Mehanna
    Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Michiel Van den Breckel
    VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands C. René Leemans
    Institute Gustave Roussy, Paris, France Stephane Temam
    Center Oscar Lambret, Lille, France Dominique Chevalier
    Universitatsklinikum Essen, Essen, Germany Jochen Werner
    University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany Andreas Dietz
    European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy Fausto Chiesa
    Universita Degli Studi di Brescia, Brescia, Italy Piero Nicolai
    Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic Jan Klozar
    Greater Poland Cancer Center, Poznan, Poland Wojciech Golusinski
    Blokhin Cancer Center, Moscow, Russia Ali Mudonov
    Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, Moscow, Russia Igor Reshetov
    Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel Dan Fliss
    Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel Ziv Gil
    Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa Johan Fagan
    Tata Memorial Center, Mumbai, India Anil D'Cruz
    Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, India Subramania Iyer
    Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong, China Jimmy Chan
    National Cancer Center, Singapore, Singapore Soo Khee Chee
    Nanjing Tongran Hospital, Nanjing, China Zhen Kun Yu
    Beijing Tongran Hospital, Beijing, China Han De Min
    Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan Fu-Chan Wei
    Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea Soon-Hyun Ahn
    Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea Chung Hwan Baek
    National Cancer Center Hospital East, Chiba, Japan Ryuichi Hayashi
    Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Sydney, Australia Jonathan Clark
    Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia Ben Panizza
    Instituto Nacional do Cancer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Fernando Dias Fernando Dias
    A C Camargo Cancer Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil Luiz Kowalski
    Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil Claudio Cernea
    Lothian Hospital Edinburgh, Scotland Iain Nixon

  • International Board Of Directors

    Chairman of the Board
     Jatin Shah, USA
    Randal Weber, USA Rene Leemans, Netherlands Ian Witterick, Canada Johan Fagan, South Africa
    David Eisele, USA Jochen Werner, Germany Hisham Mehanna, UK Piero Nicolai, Italy
    Murray Brennan, USA Andreas Dietz, Germany Jimmy Chan, Hong Kong Chung Hwan Baek, S. Korea
    Patrick Gullane, Canada Igor Reshetov, Russia Ben Panizza, Australia

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