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Welcome to the Otolaryngology Residency Program at D-H

Welcome to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Otolaryngology Residency Program website! We are delighted that you have taken an interest in our program. The residency program started in 2008 and is going to graduate our 10th resident in 2021. We currently take one resident per year and will have ten core faculty members starting August 2020, most of whom have subspecialty training in several areas, including:

  • Head and neck oncology
  • Microvascular reconstructive surgery
  • Neurotology
  • Pediatric otolaryngology
  • Facial plastic surgery
  • Oral maxillofacial surgery
  • Rhinology

Although we are a small program, we believe this to be a unique strength. In addition to a strong commitment to excellence in patient care, each faculty member is highly committed to resident education. We understand that each resident comes into our program with certain strengths and weaknesses as well as specific interests. It is our job to work with each resident so he/she can play to his/her strengths, improve on his/her weaknesses, and build on his/her career and specialty interests.

Small size, big opportunities

Due to our small size, as a learner you will regularly work one-on-one with your attending. Our curriculum is designed to engage residents operatively early in their training – it is not unusual for a junior resident to be the only resident to scrub with an attending on a complex head and neck resection or an otologic case. We feel that this provides the residents with an outstanding operative experience; feedback from our graduates suggests that this training model has helped them to enter life as an attending with confidence and skill.

Despite our small size, we cover all aspects of otolaryngology from “bread and butter” cases to complex skull base surgeries. Dartmouth is a very collegial environment and as trainees you will benefit from cross-disciplinary training with colleagues in Oral Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Oculoplastic Surgery, Mohs Surgery, and Allergy/Immunology.

Research is also an important component of resident training. Residents all have dedicated research time during their third and fourth years. Our faculty have a variety of research interests and we encourage you to look at their profiles on the Geisel School of Medicine website. There will be many opportunities to take advantages of the resources available at the Dartmouth Institute, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and the Thayer School of Engineering.

Top 10 features of the D-H Otolaryngology Residency Program

  1. Beautiful academic hospital in a tight-knit rural community with four seasons of outdoor activities (hiking, cycling, skiing, trail running, swimming, rowing, rock climbing, skating).
  2. Local Arts and Cultural Activities at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hood Museum of Art, Lebanon Opera House, Northern Stage Company, Montshire Science Museum, Hanover League of New Hampshire Craftsman.
  3. “Easy living” with affordable housing both for rent and for purchase, no traffic, free parking, safe environment, excellent public and private schools, easy social distancing
  4. Collaborative clinical, educational and research environment with the Dartmouth Institute, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Thayer School of Engineering, Tuck School of Business, and Geisel School of Medicine
  5. Combined educational and training opportunities with Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Oculoplastic Surgery, Mohs Surgery, Sleep Medicine, Allergy/Immunology, Pathology, and Radiology
  6. Alumni surveys confirm that our graduates feel confident and skilled when they start their fellowships and/or their first jobs.
  7. Individualized training for each resident depending on strengths, areas for improvement, and interests in order to prepare each for a future career in private practice or academics.
  8. Early operative experience in all subspecialties of Otolaryngology with all residents regardless of PGY level working one-on-one with attendings.
  9. Residents and attendings have a voice in changing and improving the program and are all committed to make it the best residency program possible.
  10. Close relationship of residents and attendings evident in didactic sessions, in clinic and in the operating room that extends beyond residency.

We all love working and living here in the Upper Valley and hope that you can get a feel for this unique academic environment through this website and Instagram. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the program, the hospital, or the community.

Joseph Paydarfar

Joseph A. Paydarfar,
Section Chief of

Eunice Chen

Eunice Y. Chen,
Residency Program


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