International Training

Head and Neck Surgery

Head and Neck Surgery

Severance International Fellowship (SIF)

Severance International Fellowship (SIF) is open to foreign physicians, dentists, nurses, medical technicians, or hospital administrators who wish to experience clinical care, operative procedures, and participate in research activities at Severance Hospital(Sinchon) Seoul, Korea. This program builds on the hospital’s long legacy and mission to educate future clinical leaders in healthcare and ultimately reducing health inequalities in the global society.

Common Requirements

  1. All foreign trainees have to be eligible to enter Korea without violating Article 11(Prohibition, etc. of Entry) of the Immigration Act of the Republic of Korea.

  2. All foreign trainees have to be enough fluent in English or Korean to participate in the training. Trainees have to be not only able to do daily conversation, but also have to understand and be able to listen, read, write, and speak about their professional specialty area in English or Korean. Severance Academy might request official proof of the trainee's language proficiency if necessary. Interpretations are NOT available.

  3. All foreign trainees have to be registered as trainees in Severance Academy, mainly by applying online at this homepage. (Email applications are not recommended.)

  4. All foreign trainees have to submit a immunization form that asks for proof of vaccination or antibody test results for specific diseases designated by Severance Hospital. Please download the form here.

Head and Neck Surgery Training

Department of Otorhinolaryngology aims to provide in-depth clinical knowledge of ear, nose and head and neck diseases and experience in surgical techniques through international fellowship in outpatient clinics and in the operating theater. In the otologic field, you will learn surgical techniques about middle ear surgery or mastoidectomy for infectious disease such as chronic otitis media, and a middle ear hearing aid implants or cochlear implants to overcome hearing loss, and various skull-base approaches. In the rhinologic field, we intend to provide clinical experience in endoscopic surgery for chronic sinusitis, and various surgical treatments for snoring as well as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) application. In the head and neck area, we will directly participate and experience conventional and robotic surgery for benign and malignant head and neck tumors such as, laryngeal microsurgery, submandibular gland extirpation, parotidectomy, and neck dissection. In addition, International & National Academic Symposiums such as ICORL (Spring Symposium of Korean ORL Society) and Autumn Symposium of Korean Otorhinolaryngology Society, along with academic activities such as research seminar and meeting, case conference, CME participation, special lectures held in hospital, we also want to provide opportunities to participate in clinical or basic science research projects


1. Certificate

All participants of our SIF program will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training. The certificate will be issued by the President & CEO of Yonsei University Health System.

2. Alumni Network & Gatherings (to be determined)

Severance Academy operates various SNS or online communities, where you can communicate freely with other international trainees who were in Severance before or will be training soon. You can get help from other physicians or medical staffs before you come to Korea and get some useful tips including their training experience, accommodations, good restaurants near the hospital etc. We will also update the newest news of Severance regularly at this homepage. Severance Academy will also host offline gatherings exclusive for international trainees, or invite you to official events hosted by Severance Hospital or governement institutions.