Fellowship Overview

The Ear Research Foundation (ERF) established one of the first Clinical Fellowships in the field of Otolaryngology in the United States. The Fellowship is in its 32nd successful year and is a one-year program for board eligible Otolaryngologists. The post-graduate Fellows gain specialized training and cutting edge experience in the field of Otolaryngology.

The ERF Fellowship is a very active program with a great deal of “hands-on” training. Under the auspices of Dr. Herbert Silverstein, Dr. Jack Wazen and Dr. Seth Rosenberg, each Fellow treats private patients in the Florida Ear and Sinus Center and indigent patients referred by the Ear Research Foundation. They will also assist in surgeries. Fellows take emergency room call on a rotating basis with other ENT physicians in Sarasota, and for Dr. Wazen. Each Fellow also conducts research and documentation for several research papers during their tenure.

Fellows have access through the ERF to a complete microsurgical laboratory, and an audiovisual and scientific library for ear physicians and surgeons.

To make application to the ERF Fellowship Program, candidates must complete and return:

  • a completed application
  • a complete copy of your Curriculum Vitae
  • any reprints of your published material
  • three letters of recommendation (one must be from your Chief)
  • a passport size photograph

Send all of this information to the Ear Research Foundation, 1901 Floyd Street, Sarasota, FL 34239, Attention Jennifer Moss


Upon receipt of the completed application and review, candidates may be notified for an interview in Sarasota. These usually take place on Monday and Tuesday, and candidates should plan to spend at least two days on site.

The fellowship is usually awarded a minimum of one year in advance, which allows time to obtain the necessary certifications. A Florida medical license must be obtained and applications for surgical privileges must be made immediately to: Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Cape Surgery Center, and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. In addition, the fellow must obtain certification to use the various lasers for surgery. The appointed fellow must also sign a restrictive covenant.

If it is not possible for you to obtain the above-mentioned licensure, the Foundation does arrange unsalaried research fellowships. If this is the case, please note your request to do so in your cover letter.