Rotating courses are offered to residents in the Otolaryngology Residency Program over an annual cycle, providing intense instruction in particularly important or difficult topics. These include:

  • Head and neck surgical anatomy and dissections
  • Laryngeal anatomy and surgery
  • Myocutaneous flap anatomy and reconstructive flap surgery
  • Paranasal sinus anatomy and endoscopic surgery

Head and Neck Surgical Anatomy and Dissections

Otolaryngology residents have the opportunity to dissect fresh cadavers in this unique course taught by head and neck attendings. Principles of basic anatomy as well as surgical technique are reinforced through demonstrations and hands-on practice of neck dissections, thyroidectomies, tracheostomies and local flaps.

Temporal Bone Course

Principles of temporal bone anatomy and surgical skills are developed in our state-of-the-art Temporal Bone Surgical Anatomy Laboratory. Ten stations with individual microscopes and drills are available to residents year-round. An intense course is given each year for 10 weeks during which each resident dissects several temporal bones with careful supervision from otology faculty. At the end of each course, each resident submits a temporal bone for competition, with feedback and teaching on surgical technique and exposure of critical structures.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Paranasal Sinus Anatomy

In conjunction with the temporal bone anatomy course, the full-time rhinology faculty gives a review of the endoscopic anatomy of the paranasal sinuses. This intensive course, using hands-on cadaver dissections, is an essential element in learning the immensely popular and successful technique of endoscopic sinus surgery.

Microscopic Laryngoscopy and Laryngeal

This workshop allows hands-on practice with microdirect laryngoscopy, CO2 laser ablation, vocal cord injections and vocal cord medialization.

Facial Aesthetics, Fillers and Injectables

Faculty in our facial plastics department provide a unique workshop including lectures and demonstrations of aesthetic injectables in volunteer patients. Residents then have the opportunity to inject Botox® and Restylane® in volunteer patients with immediate feedback and teaching from attendings.

Microvascular, Trauma, Ultrasound and Plating

Residents, proctored by our head and neck reconstructive attendings, practice performing a microvascular anastomosis in animal and synthetic models, perform ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration and perform stimulated mandibular and midface osteotomies, as well as facial fracture stabilization with rigid fixation. It is a comprehensive course that is given to the residents during protected time once a year.


An extensive ENT Boot Camp experience is specifically designed for incoming PGY2 residents. However, it is an expansive experience designed to incorporate residents at multiple years of training. The ENT Boot Camp occurs in July and affords resident-directed didactic sessions, along with clinical practice in surgical simulation environments. This may be in the surgical simulation lab, temporal bone lab or on the floors in an active simulation of an acute airway emergency with nursing. Multiple skill stations are present which cover the gamut of standard ENT emergent care. Residents will be exposed to this at several points in their training which offers them the opportunity to be learners and eventually teachers of their fellow residents.

ENT Boot Camp Skill Stations

The multiple skill stations in the ENT Boot Camp include:

  • Airway Foreign Body
  • Complex Scenarios
  • Epistaxis/Trauma Management
  • Flexible Laryngoscopy
  • Foreign Body Retrieval from Ear/Nose
  • Laser Safety
  • Mock ENT Emergency Scenario (residents/ENT nurses/attendings)
  • Non-surgical Airway
  • Oral Cavity/Head and Neck (neck hematomas, peritonsillar abscess, carotid blowout)
  • Surgical Airway
  • Suturing Skills
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