Residency Training Mission
The primary objective of the Otolaryngology Head and Neck
Surgery residency at the University of Colorado is to provide educational
opportunities covering the breadth and depth of modern clinical
otolaryngology. This allows our
residents to pursue fellowship, if desired, and to become excellent
The foundation of our residency education program consists
of a diverse array of clinical learning opportunities, as well as a
comprehensive didactic curriculum. Our
educational emphasis is on problem-solving and self-directed study, rather than
rote memorization. We actively encourage resident participation in the
implementation of the educational program.
Clinical experiences are provided by more than thirty
clinical faculty who comprehensively represent every subspecialty within
otolaryngology. Fellowship trained faculty in Facial Plastic
and Reconstructive Surgery, Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, Laryngology,
Otology and Neurotology, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Rhinology, Sleep Medicine,
and General Otolaryngology and Trauma are part of our program. We strive for an appropriate balance of
autonomy and supervision, preparing residents for independent practice after
graduation, while ensuring patient safety and quality care.
Research experiences include a four-month research rotation
for our 5-Year Track residents, and a two-year basic science research
experience for our 7-Year Track residents.
Our research program includes many aspects of otolaryngology research,
and offers a vast array of research opportunities with nationally recognized
investigators. We strongly encourage
residents to formulate their own hypotheses and develop future research
interests. Formalized instruction in the scientific method, grant writing, and
the publication process assist this development.
The didactic curriculum encompasses a cyclical core lecture
series which covers all aspects of modern otolaryngology practice. The year is divided into seven subspecialty
blocks: Otology/Audiology, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Pediatric
Otolaryngology, General Otolaryngology including Trauma and Sleep, Head and
Neck Surgery, Rhinology and Laryngology/Speech Pathology. Each block includes resident grand round
presentations, core lectures by department and guest faculty, and a clinical
skills lab. Other components include,
but are not limited to, journal clubs, professional development and patient
safety conferences. Per the ACGME core
requirements, lectures cover embryology, anatomy, physiology, pathology and
radiology. Clinical skills labs involve
drilling of the temporal bone, anatomic dissection, and simulation activities. For additional educational opportunities, residents
are encouraged to attend national, regional and local otolaryngology related meetings
to present their research.
The program has a structured mentoring program for the
residents at both the faculty and peer level.
Incoming residents are assigned a faculty mentor in their first year, as
well as a PGY2 or PGY3. Minimal twice a
year meetings with the faculty mentor, are part of the department requirements
for the semi-annual evaluations. These
meeting are used to create structured educational and quality improvement goals
for each individual as part of our formative evaluation process.