Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery

Residency

Overview

Our residency and fellowship programs provide comprehensive training in all aspects of this diverse field with extensive hands-on surgical experience, the development of clinical decision-making skills, and exploration of and participation in the frontiers of research. The development of high ethical standards in the practice of our specialty is also within the scope of our training programs.

The activities of the Otolaryngology Division are aimed to deliver professional, high-quality patient care in a courteous and compassionate manner; to encourage an environment which will stimulate acquisition of knowledge by all staff members, residents, medical students and referring physicians; and to perform research which will further the horizons of our knowledge and enable us to become better physicians. We strive to accomplish these goals in a pleasant, mutually enjoyable atmosphere.

The majority of information about our training programs are found in the resident handbook. Further inquiries may be directed to the program director or coordinator.

Employment

We have open faculty positions in Pediatric Otolaryngology, General Otolaryngology, and Facial Plastic  & Reconstructive Surgery.

How to Apply

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery residency programs participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). This service collates, standardizes and distributes all application materials for those applying. ERAS will provide you with an application and information packet that describes the application process and timetable.

We suggest that you follow these basic guidelines so that your application can be completed in a timely fashion:

It is critical for you to establish contacts that can provide letters of recommendation as early as possible in the application process. It is recommended that you work towards completion of your basic application form in the late spring or early summer of your third medical school year. During the summer months you should attempt to obtain letters of recommendation to support your application.

The deadline for applications for our program is September 30th. All materials must be received by that date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Otolaryngology is a 5-year program; the PGY-1 year is a categorical internship that includes rotations in General Surgery, Critical Care, Anesthesiology, Neurosurgery, and Emergency Medicine, among others.

The University of Utah Otolaryngology program is very competitive. Interviews for the 2014 Match will be held on Saturday, January 10, and Monday, January 12, 2015.

Questions about applying to our program should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Jeremiah Alt, M.D., Ph.D.

Academic Office Locations
School of Medicine
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City
(801) 585-6580

Departments: Medicinal Chemistry - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Surgery - Assistant Professor

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer, Ph.D.

Academic Office Locations
School of Medicine
Otolaryngology
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City
(801) 585-7143

Departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders - Adjunct Professor, Surgery - Professor

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Luke O. Buchmann, M.D.

Academic Office Locations
School of Medicine
Division of Otolaryngology
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City
(801) 585-1626

Departments: Surgery - Assistant Professor

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Michael Deans, B.S., Ph.D.

Academic Office Locations
Maxwell M. Wintrobe Research and Education Building
401
26 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City
(801) 587-8844

Departments: Neurobiology and Anatomy - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Surgery - Assistant Professor

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Marc Error, M.D.

Academic Office Locations
School of Medicine
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City
(801) 585-1626

Departments: Surgery - Assistant Professor (Clinical)

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Johannes F. Grimmer, M.D.

Academic Office Locations
Primary Children's Hospital
Pediatric Otolaryngology
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City
(801) 662-5666

Departments: Pediatrics - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Surgery - Associate Professor

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Pediatric Administration

Research Interests: Vascular Neoplasms, Vascular Anomalies, Vascular Malformations, Hemangioma, Birthmark, Lymphatic Malformations

Richard K. Gurgel, M.D.

Academic Office Locations
University Hospital
Otolaryngology
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City
(801) 585-6580

Departments: Surgery - Assistant Professor

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Jason P. Hunt, M.D., FACS

Academic Office Locations
School of Medicine
Otolaryngology
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City
(801) 587-3888

Departments: Neurosurgery - Adjunct Associate Professor, Surgery - Associate Professor

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Research Interests: BRAF Mutation as Common Role of Thyroid Cancer and Melanoma, Familial patterns of thyroid cancer, Patterns of regional spread of well differentiated thyroid cancer, Robotic Surgery of the Skull Base

Katherine Kendall, M.D., FACS

Academic Office Locations
School of Medicine
Otolaryngology
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City
(801) 585-1280

Departments: Surgery - Associate Professor

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Bryan R. McRae, M.D.

Academic Office Locations
School of Medicine
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City
(801) 585-1626

Departments: Surgery - Assistant Professor (Clinical)

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Jeremy Meier, M.D.

Academic Office Locations
Primary Children's Hospital
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City
(801) 662-5666

Departments: Pediatrics - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Surgery - Assistant Professor

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Pediatric Administration

Research Interests: Chronic Sinusitis and Cystic Fibrosis, Aspiration in Children, Chronic Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation in Children, Otolaryngology Education, Tissue Engineering for Microtia Reconstruction

Marcus M. Monroe, M.D.

Academic Office Locations
School of Medicine
Otolaryngology
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City
(801) 585-7143

Departments: Surgery - Assistant Professor

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Research Interests: Robotic Surgery, Thyroid Neoplasms, Head and Neck Cancers, Human Papillomavirus, Clinical Trials, Oropharyngeal Neoplasms, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Harlan R. Muntz, M.D., FACS

Academic Office Locations
Primary Children's Hospital
Pediatric Otolaryngology
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City
(801) 662-5666

Departments: Pediatrics - Adjunct Professor, Surgery - Professor

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Pediatric Administration

Research Interests: Cleft palate - lip surgery, Cleft Lip, Pediatric Sinus Problem

Richard R. Orlandi, M.D., FACS

Academic Office Locations
School of Medicine
Otolaryngology
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City
(801) 581-7515

Departments: Neurosurgery - Adjunct Associate Professor, Surgery - Professor

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Research Interests: Molecular Biology of Chronic Sinusitis, Sinusitis, Computerized Image Guidance Use in Sinus and Anterior Skull Base Surgery

Albert H. Park, M.D.

Academic Office Locations
Primary Children's Hospital
Otolaryngology
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City
(801) 581-7515

Departments: Pediatrics - Adjunct Professor, Surgery - Professor

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Pediatric Administration

Research Interests: Pediatric Cancer Development, Pediatric Hearing Loss, Pediatric Airway Reconstruction

Clough Shelton, M.D., FACS

Academic Office Locations
School of Medicine
Otolaryngology
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City
(801) 585-5450
University Hospital
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City
(801) 585-5450

Departments: Bioengineering - Adjunct Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders - Adjunct Professor, Neurosurgery - Adjunct Professor, Pediatrics - Adjunct Professor, Surgery - Professor

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Pediatric Administration

Research Interests: Cochlear Implants

Marshall E. Smith, M.D., FACS

Academic Office Locations
School of Medicine
Otolaryngology
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City
(801) 662-5663

Departments: Bioengineering - Adjunct Associate Professor, Pediatrics - Adjunct Associate Professor, Surgery - Professor

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Pediatric Administration

Research Interests: Pediatric Airway Problems, Adductor Spasmodic Dysphonia, Laryngeal Muscles

P. Daniel Ward, M.D., M.S.

Academic Office Locations
School of Medicine
Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City
(801) 585-3223

Departments: Surgery - Assistant Professor (Clinical)

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Research Interests: Electrodes, Implanted, Mohs Surgery, Clinical Outcomes, Facial Nerve Diseases, Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic, Skin Cancer, Skin Cancer Surgery, Trauma Outcomes, Facial Nerve Disorders, Facial Paralysis, Facial Injuries, Facial Nerve, Facial Nerve Injuries, Plastic Surgery, Facial, Patient Satisfaction, Flap Reconstruction of Traumatic Wounds

Bryce Williams, D.D.S.

Academic Office Locations
School of Medicine
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City
(801) 587-3888

Departments: Dentistry - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Surgery - Assistant Professor (Clinical)

Divisions: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Educational Activities

In addition to clinical experiences, regularly scheduled didactic teaching conferences are an integral part of our residency. These conferences consist of lectures and discussions directed by the faculty members, visiting lectures by faculty of affiliated institutions, faculty from other residency programs across the nation, residents, and medical students. Each resident is expected to prepare and present a scientific lecture related to a clinical or research topic on a twice-yearly basis.

Additional regularly scheduled didactic sessions provide for additional educational opportunities and include: weekly inservice review, morbidity and mortality conference, tumor board, pathology conference, radiology conference, journal club, facial fracture plating course, head and neck imaging course.

A hands-on temporal bone dissection and head and neck cadaver dissection courses are conducted annually.

The residents also participate in a monthly city-wide Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery conference as well as the quarterly Utah Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery meetings.

During the Otolaryngology residency, the division funds attendance for the PGY-2s at the Annual Meeting of AAO-HNS. Residents with posters or podium presentations at main otolaryngology conferences are funded to attend the meetings as well.

The residents participate in the comprehensive Home Study course offered by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and also are required to sit for the annual in-service examinations also sponsored by the American Academy of Otolaryngology. The residency program is proud of the scores obtained by the residents on this annual exam, and boasts a 100% pass rate on the national board certification at graduation.

Rotation Schedule

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is a five-year training program. The primary training institution is University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics (UH). Other training institutions are Primary Children's Hospital (PCH), Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), LDS Hospital, and Intermountain Medical Center.

We accept three residents per year for a total of fifteen residents. Clinical rotations provide the residents with a diverse, comprehensive exposure to all aspects of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

For one month during PGY2 and for four months during PGY3, residents have research rotations. The PGY2 rotation is to make all necessary preparations for the four-month PGY3 rotation including submission of grant applications. Residents are expected to complete one basic science and one clinical study. Additionally, all residents are encouraged to participate in on-going faculty research projects and to generate their own research ideas and proposals. Projects should be suitable for presentation at national meetings as well as for publication. Podium and poster presentations at national conferences are supported and funded by the program.

 PGY Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
5 GOLD GOLD GOLD GOLD HNL HNL HNL HNL GOLD GOLD GOLD GOLD
4 VAMC VAMC VAMC VAMC PCH PCH PCH PCH HNL HNL HNL HNL
3 GOLD GOLD GOLD GOLD RES2 RES2 RES2 RES2 GOLD GOLD GOLD GOLD
2 VAMC PCH RES2 VAMC PCH HNL VAMC VAMC PCH PCH HNL HNL
  • GOLD - Facial Plastics, Rhinology, Otology and General Otolaryngology at UH
  • HNL - Head and Neck/Laryngology Service at UH
  • VAMC - Otolaryngology service at VAMC
  • PCH - Pediatric Otolaryngology at Primary Children's Hospital
  • RES2 - Clinical and Lab Research at UH/VAMC

The intern year consists of one month on the HNL service, one month of Pediatric Otolaryngolgoy, one month of Research didactics and prep for the RES2 rotations, and one month each of SICU, Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology, Plastics, Pediatric Surgery, and three other General Surgery rotations.

The 2014-2015 Resident Handbook for the Division of Otolaryngology is found below. All residents are expected to review the handbook at least annually, and are held accountable for abiding by the contents and meeting the goals and objectives listed within. Any suggestions for edits or additional information to be included in the handbook should be directed to the Residency Coordinator and/or Program Director.

Residency Handbook

Medical Students

MSIVs from LCME-accredited institutions are welcome to complete a one-month rotation with us. Please send your Curriculum Vitae and copy of your USMLE Step 1 score to Stephanie Ehlert (801-585-6580) for review. We will inform you when you have been pre-approved, at which time you will formally apply through the Student Affairs office. We will arrange the start date to meet your schedule requirements. Schedule requests will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that Student Affairs does not begin to process applications until April 1st, and that UofU student schedule requests are handled before applications from external students.

Contact Us

Emily Bird
Program Coordinator
emily.bird@hsc.utah.edu

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