Curriculum

  • Daily one-on-one mentoring in the clinic and in the operating room
  • Twice monthly audiology/otology conferences with otologists, audiologists, and vestibular rehabilitation therapists
  • Every other month multidisciplinary sleep disordered breathing conferences with otolaryngologists, pulmonologists and neurologists
  • Every other Wednesday morning academic conferences: ENT grand rounds, facial trauma rounds
  • Interesting case/M&M conference and subspecialty attending staff-directed academic sessions (with a two-year rotating curriculum)
  • Every Wednesday head and neck tumor board: a multidisciplinary clinical conference with head and neck oncologic surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, dentist/prosthodontist, oromaxillofacial surgeons, and pathologists
  • Monthly pathology conference led by the chairman of the pathology department covers the gamut of ENT pathology
  • Every other year head and neck anatomic cadaveric dissections
  • The Microsurgical Temporal Bone Skills Lab affords formal temporal bone dissection/anatomy training for all ENT residents at least twice yearly
  • Monthly ENT journal club emphasizing current literature in otolaryngologic subspecialty areas on a rotating basis

 

Sample rotation

  • PGY-1 year: Divided over a 13 blocks to include pediatric surgery, surgical oncology, plastic surgery, oral-maxillofacial surgery, anesthesia, ICU, neurosurgery, (one block each for a total of seven blocks), and otolaryngology (six blocks)
  • PGY 2-5 years: Divided evenly monthly between head and neck/facial plastics team and the otology/pediatric otolaryngology team. Four months for research are taken in the PGY 3-4 years (two months each year)

Our program has been constructed to include the required six four-week rotations of PGY-1 year rotations in the various surgical and critical care services, and seven four-week rotations in otolaryngology. The last four years are in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery - facial plastic surgery training.

On call
During the first year, shifts are limited to 16 hours with some night-floats on the surgical services. PGY-2 and 3 residents take first call from home and PGY-4 and 5 take backup call from home. Facial trauma call is included every other two weeks.

Research
Research is mandatory and done in a two-month block in the PGY-3 year and another two-month block in the PGY-4. Basic science research and prospective clinical studies are both encouraged. Case reports are encouraged as an additional facet of research.