Undergraduate medical education is one of the top academic priorities in the Department of Otolaryngology of the Emory University School of Medicine (SOM). There are four UME programs presently offered by the department. In addition to these programs, otolaryngology faculty present lectures to the medical students during the Foundations of Medicine section of the SOM curriculum.
Offered to students who are beginning the second year of medical school during the Foundations of Medicine section of the medical school curriculum. The program is designed to expose students to early education in otolaryngology so that they can identify areas of interest in preparation for the clinical years and the discovery phase of medical school. For continuity, students are assigned to a particular faculty member. They also participate in clinics and, possibly, surgery. Students must produce a tangible product that forms the basis for their evaluation, such as a manuscript based on a literature review or a case study that encompasses the educational objectives.
An innovative program in the SOM that provides students with 12 weeks of strictly outpatient clinical education during their third year. This required rotation consists of primary care clinic participation and involvement in specialities that have substantial outpatient components (otolaryngology, urology, opthalmology, orthopedics, dermatology, and palliative care). Through this curriculum, every medical student in the medical school class spends five half-days participating in the outpatient clinics of the major otolaryngology subspecialties.
While open to any student, this traditional educational program is designed primarily for individuals that are working towards a career in otolaryngology. The program is structured as a four-week clinical sub-internship and primarily focused on otolaryngology surgery and inpatient and outpatient care. Students spend time on the head and neck and otology services and two weeks working in rhinology, laryngology, pediatrics, and facial plastic surgery.
This portion of the Emory SOM curriculum is a five-month dedicated rotation for research or public service activities. Medical students may choose from structured project ideas developed by otolaryngology faculty.