MED-EL Southern Africa & University of Cape Town Division of Otorhinolaryngology fellowship program

Nov 7, 2022
November 07, 2022 – (Cape Town, South Africa): MED-EL Southern Africa, a leader in implantable hearing solutions, is partnering with the University of Cape Town’s Division of Otolaryngology to offer a one-year otology fellowship program at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town for ear, nose, and throat specialists (ENTs) from Africa.

Dr Tashneem Harris, a leading otologist and neurotologist, is overseeing the fellowship, supported by MED-EL Southern Africa as part of its focus on social responsibility to address challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa relating to access to ear and hearing care. It is the only otology fellowship in Africa and is training subspecialists in advanced otology, cochlear implant and lateral skull base surgery so that they can establish centres of excellence in their own countries and can in turn train others what they have learned.

The fellowship is modelled on the Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship run by Prof. Johan Fagan at the University of Cape Town, which is currently training its 16th African fellow and has made an important impact on head and neck services and training in Africa. The otology fellowship similarly presents an opportunity to improve access to ear and hearing care by focusing on education and training. MED-EL Southern Africa wants to be part of the solution by funding the Otology Fellowship as they realize the great unmet need for hearing and ear care in Africa and for ENT surgeons to acquire the required skills to perform life-changing surgeries.

MED-EL recognizes the passion and dedication of the fellows who will be supported during their year away from their families to undergo the 12-month Fellowship training.

The opportunity to be trained by Dr Tashneem Harris at Groote Schuur Hospital will not only reward the fellows for their commitment, but also make them part of a wonderful network of colleagues and trainees, past and present, all over Africa.

About MED-EL

MED-EL Medical Electronics, a leader in implantable hearing solutions, is driven by a mission to overcome hearing loss as a barrier to communication. The Austrian-based, privately owned business was co-founded by industry pioneers Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair, whose ground-breaking research led to the development of the world’s first micro-electronic multi-channel cochlear implant (CI), which was successfully implanted in 1977 and was the basis for what is known as the modern CI today. This laid the foundation for the successful growth of the company in 1990, when they hired their first employees. To date, MED-EL has grown to more than 2,300 employees from around 80 nations and 30 locations worldwide.
The company offers the widest range of implantable and non-implantable solutions to treat all types of hearing loss, enabling people in 134 countries enjoy the gift of hearing with the help of a MED-EL device. MED-EL’s hearing solutions include cochlear and middle ear implant systems, a combined Electric Acoustic Stimulation hearing implant system, auditory brainstem implants as well as surgical and non-surgical bone conduction devices.


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