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Department of Otolaryngology

Application for Core Residency

5-Year Track and T32 Research 7-Year Track

Individuals with exceptional qualifications who aspire to thrive in the areas articulated by our mission and philosophy are invited to apply. Application to these two separate track programs (as well as other Otolaryngology programs in the United States) is made through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS), a centralized electronic application service that distributes your online application and supporting documents to residency programs. Candidates applying to the University of Colorado program may elect to apply to either or both but will be interviewed for only one track.  Application deadline for both programs is annually on October 1.
The Core Residency Track is a five-year training program with a short term research block.  Interview dates are scheduled annually on the 1st and 2nd Thursdays in December, to include a social gathering the Wednesday evening before interviews.
The T32 Research Track is a seven-year training program with a 24-month research block. All trainees for this grant, will be selected based on their interest in translational research.  *New this year 2015, there will be one interview date to occur on the 3rd Thursday in December to include a social gathering the Wednesday evening before interviews.
Interview invitations for either track will be emailed approximately the third/fourth week of October, and scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis, with a wait list after they are filled.
Residents in our program must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow Residents to legally train at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.  The Department follows Graduate Medical Education (GME) requirements for application.

Required Application Materials:

• All of the following are due electronically by the application deadline

• MyERAS Application

• Personal Statement

• Photograph

• MSPE/Dean’s Letter (to be submitted as soon as available)

• Medical School Transcript   

• No more than four letters of recommendation (minimum of three letters)

• USMLE or COMLEX Transcripts

• Additional Requirements for international medical graduates:

• ECFMG Status Report

The University of Colorado’s program matches the PGY1 year of both tracks directly into the Department of Otolaryngology. The majority of the first year is spent in rotations run by the Department of Surgery. These follow the required rotations as spelled out by the Otolaryngology Resident Review Committee.

Because only two residents are chosen for the Core Residency Track and one resident for the T32 Research Track each year for this highly competitive program, applicants are advised to look critically at the strength of their applications, as well as their qualifications, research merits and achievements towards Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Training Requirements for Both Tracks:

Training programs in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery in the United States are evaluated by the Residency Review Committee for Otolaryngology (RRC) which consists of representatives from the American Medical Association (AMA), the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto) and are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Information concerning approved educational programs can be found in the Graduate Medical Education Directory published by the AMA.

Individuals who enter otolaryngology-head and neck surgery training on or after July 1, 2005 must satisfactorily complete a minimum of five years of training, as specified below, in an ACGME-approved program(s):

Residency programs must be of five years duration, with at least nine months of basic surgical, emergency medicine, critical care, and anesthesia training within the first year; including at least 48 months of progressive education in the specialty. This training must include a final year of senior experience. This final year must be spent within the accredited program in which the previous year of training was spent, unless prior approval is obtained from the ABOto.

First Year Training Requirements:

• A one-month rotation in each of the following specialties for a total of four months:

     Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Unit, Anesthesia, and Neurological Surgery.

• Five months of structured education in a minimum of three of the following areas:

     General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Surgical Oncology.

• An additional maximum of three months of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery is optional, and any remaining months of the PGY-1 year must be completed in an ACGME approved program, or rotations specifically approved by the RRC.

• All residency training must be completed in a manner acceptable to the Director of that residency program.

Access this GME link for Prospective Residents & Fellows for further details on benefits, stipends, living in Denver and other frequently asked questions.