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Otolaryngology Resident Education & Structure

The foundation of your education at Emory is built from daily experiences on the wards and in the operating room. These are further enhanced by a broad spectrum of clinical environments, each presenting different pathology, varied levels of clinical autonomy, and unique learning opportunities. A series of departmental conferences and resident didactics will further serve to ensure broad-based knowledge of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.

Internship (PGY-1)

As an intern, you will be employed by the Department of Otolaryngology. You will spend a total of three months on the otolaryngology service: two at the Emory Clinic as you begin to build your diagnostic skill set, and the third on rotation at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) at Egleston. You will spend an additional month at CHOA at Egleston on the general pediatric surgery service. Also during your PGY-1 year, two months will be spent at Grady Memorial Hospital: one on emergency medicine, another on trauma surgery. The remaining months will be spent at Emory University Hospital on neurosurgery, anesthesia, the general surgery "C" service, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and plastic surgery. All off-service intern year rotations are designed to enhance your education through interactions with relevant services. For example, the general surgery "C" service rotation is focused on endocrine surgery and provides an opportunity to begin your education in the management of thyroid and parathyroid disease.

Residency (PGY-2 through PGY-4)

The remaining four years of your residency will consist of one-to-four month rotations through a number of teams. The Emory Clinic absorbs a substantial portion of the early training years so that residents become familiar the outpatient management of common and complex otolaryngologic problems. Otolaryngology subspecialties will be afforded ample rotations throughout residency, including the Emory Voice Center; Sinus, Nasal and Allergy Center; Head & Neck; and Otology. Residents will also rotate at the Emory Aesthetic Center, which will encompass a portion of our program's facial plastic surgery training. Additional non-subspecialty-focused time will be spent as a junior and senior resident at Grady Memorial Hospital and the Atlanta VA Medical Center. During the PGY-4 year, you will spend four months on a dedicated research rotation.

All rotations are designed for graded responsibility as you progress to your role as a senior resident. Rotation schedules are subject to change based upon resident feedback during biannual review sessions so as to maximize educational benefits.

Lectures and Conferences

Grand Rounds are held weekly on Thursday morning and include Morbidity and Mortality Conference, invited guest faculty lectures, Difficult Case Conference, and resident presentations. Following Grand Rounds, residents are protected from clinical duties as they attend two hours of interactive didactic lectures. Residents hold an in-service examination review course annually to further prepare residents for the annual in-service examination in March. Dedicated temporal bone dissection time is held annually in our state of the art temporal bone dissection laboratory, and the facility remains open to residents year round for continued dissection. Neuroradiology Conference is included in the didactics series and is moderated by Dr. Patricia Hudgins and other neuroradiology faculty. Head and neck oncology tumor board is held weekly at Emory University Hospital and every other week at Grady Memorial Hospital. Thyroid tumor board is held monthly at Emory University Hospital.

The department has a close relationship with the Metro Atlanta Educational Society for Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, with whom we hold an annual fall conference, monthly journal club meetings, and a series of four invited lectures at a local restaurant throughout the year. Residents are encouraged to attend meetings of the Georgia Society of Otolaryngology. In addition, residents are provided funding to attend such national meetings as the AAO-HNS Fall meeting or COSM in the Spring, to deliver an oral research presentation. Finally, the department and its faculty sponsor a number of local and regional courses with ample opportunity for resident attendance, including the Temporal Bone Dissection Course, Endoscopic Sinus and Facial Plastics Dissection Course, Laryngeal Dissection Course, and Southern States Rhinology Course.