The residency program in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at IU School of Medicine is based on the core curriculum of the American Board of Otolaryngology and includes five years of post-graduate medical education.
Residents learn from faculty members with advanced training and expertise in head and neck oncology and reconstructive surgery, laryngology, pediatric otolaryngology, neurotology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. Yet the program isn’t limited to a future physician’s training and graduating. Department faculty members serve as professional mentors to residents for the rest of their careers.
This training experience prepares residents to care for patients of all ages with medical and surgical disorders of the upper aerodigestive system, ears, and other structures of the head and neck. Upon completing this residency program, residents will have exceeded the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Residency Review Committee for Otolaryngology. Rotations optimize training in a variety of otolaryngology subspecialties, including neurotology, facial plastic and reconstruction, pediatric otolaryngology, laryngology, rhinology, and head and neck oncologic surgery.
After completing the Otolaryngology residency program at IU School of Medicine, most physicians (about 60 percent) enter a fellowship program in fields such as endoscopic sinus surgery, facial plastics and reconstruction, head and neck cancer, and otology/neurolology. The other 40 percent go straight to work. After residency, about half of IU School of Medicine Otolaryngology residents go into academics; the other half go into private practice/hospital base.