Residency Program

Since the incoming class of 2013, the residency training program in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery now accepts four residents per year into its program.  During these five years, residents gain experience in the diagnosis, medical and surgical management of the full spectrum of otolaryngologic disease. A major advantage of our program is its variety of outstanding hospitals. The sponsoring institution is University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Medical Center (Level I Trauma). This is a private tertiary care referral hospital that includes Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, which is consistently ranked as one of the top children's hospitals in America. MetroHealth Medical Center is an outstanding county hospital providing care in all specialties and is also a busy Level I trauma center.The Wade Park VA Hospital is our other major affiliated teaching hospital with a full range of up-to-date facilities. All hospitals, except for MetroHealth, are centrally located near University Circle. MetroHealth is a short 15-minute drive away.

The Department provides time and financial assistance to every resident for attendance at national meetings, either the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, or the Combined Otolaryngological Spring Meetings. The department sponsors residents presenting at other meetings who have accepted posters or podium presentations. In addition, all residents have the opportunity and are encouraged to attend the many continuing medical education courses and meetings sponsored by local and state societies. The state of Ohio is fortunate to have excellent otolaryngology training programs with high caliber collaborative continuing education.

Residents are encouraged to develop their own personal interest within our diverse field; whether this includes commitment to an academic career as full-time faculty members or in the private practice arena.  This residency program fosters the development of residents' teaching abilities and interpersonal relationships, while teaching the business of medicine in terms of medical liability and malpractice, quality and evidence based medicine pathways, and practice management strategies as part of the training format. Faculty members stress socio-economic aspects of healthcare delivery, including the importance of cost effective medicine and the impact of accountable care organizations.

The department pays for and expects completion of the Home Study courses given by the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, which provide excellent preparation for in-service studies. Residents in PGY years 2-5 must take the national annual in-service examination given in the Spring of each academic year.