Otolaryngology Outpatient Clinical Training
Residents get a healthy balance of inpatient and outpatient experience during the duration of their training in our Otolaryngology program. The outpatient experience in our program is difficult to match at any program around the country. Every resident spends one to two days per week in clinic, depending on the clinical rotation. The majority of this time is spent in Attending clinic learning how to elicit an accurate history, do a comprehensive examination, and formulate a plan for evaluation and treatment.
The truly unique aspect to our program is that our clinic structure also allows residents to ‘acquire’ their own patients when they start their third year of training. The resident will provide the full spectrum of care for these patients for the duration of their training - up to three years in length. This includes:
- Evaluating a new patient
- Examining the patient
- Formulating a plan for work-up and treatment (including surgical treatment), with the close collaboration of an Attending physician
- Following up with the patient
The spectrum of pathologies that the resident sees in clinics covers the full breadth of our specialty. This experience based on continuity of care allows the resident to develop the sense of responsibility needed to treat patients and develop long-term patient relationships. Otolaryngology is a specialty that, by its very nature, requires a practitioner to be comfortable evaluating patients in the clinic setting and being at ease with the concept of long-term care of patients of all ages. Graduates from our program are comfortable with such a patient-centered care approach.
Learn more about Otolaryngology inpatient clinical training.