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Otolaryngology Residency Educational Activities

In addition to clinical experiences, regularly scheduled didactic teaching conferences are an integral part of our residency. Grand Rounds conferences occur weekly and 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 yearly basis.

Additional regularly scheduled didactic sessions provide for additional educational opportunities and include: Radiology conference, Tumor Board conference, Morbidity and Mortality conference, Rhinology education conference, Pediatric ENT conference, and protected time weekly for resident-directed education and inservice review. Residents also participate in journal club,  facial fracture plating course, and the AAOA basic allergy course.

A hands-on temporal bone dissection course and a skull base cadaver dissection lab occur regularly throughout the year. The residents also benefit from a dedicated 3-dayHead and Neck cadaver dissection course conducted on an annual basis.

The residents also participate a biannual Utah Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery meeting and an annual regional Otolaryngology conference.

During the Otolaryngology residency, the department funds attendance for the PGY-2s each year at the Annual Meeting of AAO-HNS. In addition, any residents with posters or podium presentations accepted at main otolaryngology conferences are also fully funded by the department to attend the meetings.

The residents sit for the annual in-service examinations sponsored by the American Academy of Otolaryngology. The residency program is proud of the strong 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 submit a CORE grant application and 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.

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Courtney Doane
Program Manager