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.

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

The majority of information about our training programs are found in the Resident Handbook and Fellowship Program Description. Further inquiries may be directed to the Program Director or Coordinator.

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. The mean step 1 score for interviewed applicants in the 2012 match was 246.

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

Interviews for the 2014 Match will be held on Saturday, December 14th, and Monday, December 16, 2013. We will purchase a lift ticket for applicants who wish to join our residents for skiing on Sunday, December 15th.

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

Luke O. Buchmann, M.D.

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

Departments: 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: , , , , ,

Richard K. Gurgel, M.D.

Academic Office Locations
University Hospital
Otolaryngology
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City
(801) 585-1280

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: , , ,

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

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:

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 course is conducted yearly, and a head and neck cadaver dissection course is offered on a biannual basis.

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. Other training institutions are Primary Children's Medical Center (PCMC), 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 PCMC PCMC PCMC PCMC HNL HNL HNL HNL
3 GOLD GOLD GOLD GOLD RES2 RES2 RES2 RES2 GOLD GOLD GOLD GOLD
2 VAMC PCMC RES2 VAMC PCMC HNL VAMC VAMC PCMC PCMC 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
  • PCMC - Pediatric Otolaryngology at Primary Children's Medical Center
  • RES2 - Clinical and Lab Research at UH/VA

The intern year consists of one month on the HNL service, 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 four other General Surgery rotations.

The 2013-2014 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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