Program Description

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery offers a five year accredited residency training program accepting three residents at each level and provides training in all aspects of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Program Schedule


Weekly schedule

  • Grand Rounds: Wednesday morning. Formal lectures by faculty, guest speakers, and residents on a variety of related topics.
  • Head and Neck Tumor Board: Thursday afternoon. A multidisciplinary session where all new oncology patients are discussed and related topics reviewed.

Monthly schedule

  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Neuroradiology Film Conference
  • Journal Club – Residents choose, present, and critique articles from Otolaryngology literature. Presenters are assessed by fellow residents on analytical and presentation skills.
  • Case Conference – resident-led presentation of core and/or relevant teaching cases within each discipline of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

Other Conferences

  • Annual Fitz-Hugh Symposium, early June – Two-day seminar with four nationally “renown” guest speakers. This event includes the graduation ceremony for chief residents.
  • Jahrsdoerfer Visiting Lectureship in Otology/Neurotology (biannual) – Residents spend the full day with the visiting professor in otology, including an evening dinner lecture.
  • Visiting Professor Series (2-3 guest lecturers per year) – national leaders in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery provide a full day of lecture and activities.  Residents are excused from all clinical responsibilities on visiting professor days.
  • Mock Oral Boards- Faculty led simulation of the American Board of Otolaryngology oral examination. Designed to prepare residents for the format and content of the actual licensing exam following completion of the residency training.
  • Plating/ Maxillofacial Trauma Workshop- a sponsored one-day workshop includes lectures from internal and external leaders in the field on issues related to head and neck trauma, and a hands-on plating course (once per year).

Training Facilities

  • A state-of-the-art skull-base and temporal bone lab was opened in 2012, fully equipped with teaching stations, computer image guidance, and overhead monitors. This space is available to residents 24 hours a day to further develop their technical skills.
  • A dedicated cadaver surgical training facility was opened in 2015. Faculty proctored resident dissection provides the opportunity to perform rare and complex surgeries earlier during residency training, developing the skillset required for outstanding surgical care of the otolaryngology patient.