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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
  • Wednesday morning academic conferences: ENT grand rounds, facial trauma rounds
  • Interesting case/M&M conference and subspecialty attending staff-directed academic sessions
  • 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 covering the gamut of ENT pathology
  • Head and neck anatomic cadaveric dissections
  • Structured temporal bone dissection/anatomy training at least twice yearly
  • Monthly ENT journal club emphasizing current literature in otolaryngologic subspecialty areas

Sample rotation

  • PGY-1 year: Divided over 13 four-week 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, call varies with the specialty rotation. 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 two one-month blocks in the PGY-3 year and another two one-month blocks in PGY-4. Basic science research and prospective clinical studies are both encouraged. Case reports are encouraged as an additional facet of research.