The University of Rochester Department of Otolaryngology –Head and Neck Surgery is a full service training program that offers its residents a hands-on, broad based experience in all aspects of our specialty.
We take pride that our program attracts some of the brightest and most talented individuals and that our program has a strong tradition of excellence. Our graduates are leaders in academic otolaryngology as well as exemplary clinicians.
The first year is spent as an intern on a variety of specialty services. Each resident will spend a month on Anesthesiology, Neurosurgery, ICU and Emergency Medicine. Residents will also spend two months on otolaryngology with the remainder spent on additional surgical specialty services.
The PGY2-5 years are spent within otolaryngology with a graduated progressive training in all subspecialty areas of otolaryngology.
The Otolaryngology Training Program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine offers two educational tracks:
- Categorical Track
This is a 5-year training program in Otolaryngology. The first year consists of rotations in EM, anesthesia, neurosurgery, ICU along with rotations on various general surgery subspecialties. Each intern will also spend two months in otolaryngology head and neck. The final four years incorporates a progressive and intensive training in otolaryngology and it's core subspecialties. A dedicated 6 month research block is part of year 3.
- Research Track
This is a 6-year training program in Otolaryngology. This consists of the same general surgery intern rotations and otolaryngology progressive training as the categorical track. It also includes a dedicated 18-month research portion (1/2 yr 3 and all of yr 4).
Applications are received through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS.) All applications are reviewed by the Program Director, Chairman and review committee. We select approximately 40 applicants to be interviewed. The selection is on the basis of academic performance, personal statement and letters of reference. Applicants are interviewed by the entire faculty.