Otolaryngology Inpatient Clinical Training
After completing an ABOto compliant PGY1 year of training, Otolaryngology residents at Wake Forest School of Medicine spend the following four years gaining comprehensive inpatient training, outpatient training and research experience.
The entire inpatient experience is gained at the main teaching hospital, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, a 885 bed Level 1 trauma center that serves as the major academic referral hospital for the western half of North Carolina and surrounding regions. Brenner Children’s Hospital occupies an attached tower on the main medical campus. Within these facilities, there are:
- Separate adult and pediatric emergency departments
- A large surgical suite with 40 operating rooms (including adult inpatient, adult outpatient, and pediatric operating areas)
- Multiple subspecialty intensive care units
- Adult day hospital
- Numerous inpatient units
Having all of the resident’s clinical experience on one campus has distinct advantages in that the residents see each other every day, eat meals together, round together and can easily attend the departmental academic curriculum. During the course of their training, the residents get to know each other very well. In addition, since the number of faculty is roughly the same as the number of residents, there is ample time for one-on-one interaction between them.
The inpatient clinical services in our department are divided into teams for the purpose of grouping subspecialties. This forms the basis of collaboration between faculty and residents.
Team “A” includes:
- General Otolaryngology
Team “B” includes:
- Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Team “C” includes:
Team “D” includes:
Each service has two to four residents assigned. They round together in teams in the morning and collaborate with their respective Attending physicians. Generally, residents interact primarily with the Attendings on their team in the operating room, clinic and inpatient wards. Great effort is made to make sure that all residents get a balanced exposure to all of these services during the course of their training.
A block diagram of the current year’s rotation schedule can be found here.
Otolaryngology Surgical Experience
Surgical experience in our department is extensive and comprehensive. Residents begin to gain experience in the operating room from day one in our department and gradually and consistently develop their skills and aptitude in performing the full spectrum of surgical procedures in our field. Total case numbers have traditionally been well above national norms. Residents who finish this program are well equipped to handle the types of surgical problems that typically present to the general practitioner to manage. The reputation of our program also makes our graduates attractive applicants to fellowship programs around the country.
Learn about Otolaryngology outpatient clinical training.