This residency training program is fully committed to providing the resident with a comprehensive training experience.
Continuity of care, defined as caring for the same patient from the initial pre-operative evaluation, into surgery and through the post-operative period, is a vital part of residency training. The small size of the residency will routinely allow for this type of experience.
In order to maximize continuity of care, the resident will be assigned, on a rotating basis, a primary subspecialty area of focus. During this time, the resident, with oversight from the program director, will be expected to be in the outpatient clinic or operating room whenever the attending physician(s) responsible for that subspecialty area is/are in the clinic or operating room.
During the PGY-5 year of training, the Chief Resident will operate his or her own general otolaryngology continuity clinic 1 half-day per week. Under appropriate supervision, the Chief Resident will evaluate and treat these patients as each patient’s primary otolaryngologist. In addition, the Chief Resident will schedule any operative cases from this clinic as his/her own, and then serve as the primary surgeon for those cases in the operating room. This is an excellent experience that prepares the resident for efficient and confident independent practice.