Medical Student Education
Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery is an exciting, multi-faceted field that involves both surgical and medical management of patients with disorders of the head and neck. Otolaryngology residency is typically a five year training program, following which physicians can enter practice or pursue further specialization within the field of Otolaryngology. The field's subspecialties encompass head and neck oncology (head and neck cancer treatment), rhinology (endoscopic sinus surgery and approaches to the skull base), otology / neurotology (surgery of the ear, temporal bone and skull base), facial plastic and reconstructive surgery (cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck), and pediatric Otolaryngology (a comprehensive sub-specialty involving all of the above as applied to children).In order to expose medical students to this exciting field, faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery are extensively involved in the education of medical students on multiple levels. Faculty and residents take part in the education of medical students throughout all four years of training. These educational experiences begin in the MSI year with teaching in gross anatomy, didactic lectures on specific aspects of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, participation in the Continuity Curriculum and coordination of an elective soft tissue course, among other opportunities. Our participation in the medical student curriculum continues through the MSIV year with ambulatory and surgical clinical elective programs. Faculty members are also available for both basic science and clinical research opportunities for interested students.
In addition to the educational opportunities during the school year and through the curriculum, the Department of Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery offers paid internship opportunities during the summer months. These research internships are available through application (deadline March or April) and provide medical students with a very valuable research opportunity. Dr Peter Steyger coordinates the summer research internship program.
Medical Student education in the Department of Otolaryngology is currently coordinated by Dr. Mark K. Wax.