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Our mission is to provide outstanding, cutting-edge clinical care, research, and state-of-the-art training in Otolaryngology

Department of Otolaryngology


Residency Training Mission at the University of Colorado

The goal of our residency program is to produce a physician prepared to be a board-certified otolaryngologist, qualified to pursue fellowship options, if desired. Our educational emphasis is on problem-solving and self-directed study, rather than rote memorization. Our goal, as medical educators, is to produce an excellent practitioner who commands a diverse knowledge base in otolaryngology and who has a proper appreciation of modern technology and specialization in the field. We actively encourage resident participation in the implementation of the educational program.


Education & Philosophy


The foundation of our residency education program is in a repeated two-year, core education resident lecture series, embodying all aspects of modern otolaryngologic practice, including facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, head and neck oncology/surgery, otology/neurotology, otolaryngologic allergy, rhinology, laryngology, and general otolaryngology, as well as basic science topics (e.g., vestibular and cochlear physiology). Residents present selected grand round topics under direct faculty supervision. Core subspecialty lecture series are presented by faculty or guest speakers. Temporal bone dissection courses, head and neck anatomic dissection courses, journal club, tumor boards, quality assurance conferences and local society meetings complement the lecture series. The department also offers a winter Otolaryngology Update meeting.


The primary objective of the residency in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is to provide a diverse experience in all aspects of modern clinical otolaryngology in addition to a complete theoretical background and research experience. Resident hospital rotations provide an extensive and diverse exposure to the scope of a modern otolaryngologic practice. Didactic and clinical experience in audiologic and vestibular evaluation and speech pathology are included as the residents are taught the importance of ongoing personal scholarship.


Plans for the future include continued fine-tuning of a department which continues to evolve as does our medical center. While changes in the current health care system will undoubtedly affect the operational strategies of the various clinical offices associated with this department, our goal will remain the same, i.e., maintenance of excellent clinical care to ensure a superior resident education in teaching, research and patient care. Members of the faculty of this department are committed to this goal and provide a superior environment in which to train.