About the program
The Ohio State University Otolaryngology Residency Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
The residency program accepts five residents per year (effective March 2019) and is a five-year program. The first year of the program is a surgical internship completed on campus at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with a designated six-month otolaryngology block.
During the course of the five-year otolaryngology residency, each resident will spend 12 months on the head and neck service line; nine months at Nationwide Children’s Hospital; 27 months on the university service; and six months of non-otolaryngology core rotations during the PGY-1 year. Those non-otolaryngology core rotations include anesthesia, neuroradiology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, emergency medicine and MICU. In addition, each resident has six months of dedicated research rotations with three months during each of the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years.
Each otolaryngology resident rotates through four three-month rotations during the course of an academic year. There are three otolaryngology services within the residency program: head and neck oncology, University service (neurotology, general otolaryngology, laryngology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, sleep disorders, rhinology and allergy), and pediatric otolaryngology (completed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital).
PGY-4 and PGY-5 residents are expected to attend one meeting per year. The department contributes $1,000 per resident toward meeting expenses. In addition, if a resident is invited to present at a national meeting, the department will pay for the airfare, lodging and food up to $1,000.
The department's proximity to The Ohio State University main campus allows for a variety of research pursuits. Hearing and balance disorders, head and neck oncology and nasal airflow dynamics are research areas that have recently been identified as focus areas. Residents are expected to complete at least one project during their residency and dedicated research time is provided within the resident's schedule to facilitate this requirement. Past residents have had no trouble both meeting and exceeding this expectation.
All residents work directly with all of our regular faculty, as well as with numerous clinical faculty. Residents are scheduled to spend time with these faculty members, which helps broaden the clinical experience to include both tertiary and community-based otolaryngology.
Some examples of the residency program’s excellence include:
- Resident scores on the national ENT in-service examination have averaged in the top 5 percent over the last five years
- Our residents have been recipients of multiple national and regional awards over the past five years
- The Ohio State graduate’s surgical experience is unsurpassed—consistently exceeding the national mean in exposure to all major surgical procedures
- The combined extramural funding for otolaryngology faculty research exceeds $8 million, encompassing a variety of clinical and basic research
During the PGY-2 and PGY-3 year, call is an average of every fourth night. There is one primary call per month during the PGY-4 year. The PGY-4 resident assists the PGY-5 resident with chief/back-up call as well. Each PGY-5 resident takes chief call for his or her respective services.
Conferences and Didactics
An extensive conference and didactic schedule is provided within the department. In addition to weekly Grand Rounds, there are a number of courses provided throughout the academic year in a highly organized educational curriculum contained within the Residents’ Course Curriculum Book. These include:
- Basic Principles of Head and Neck Oncology
- Case Review
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Dermatologic Problems
- Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
- Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Journal Club
- Laryngeal and Voice Disorders/Speech Pathology
- Medical Practice Administration
- Otolaryngologic Emergencies
- Pediatric Otolaryngology
- Practical Applications in Audiology/ENG
- Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Course
- Textbook Review