Residency Rotation Schedule
'As required by the American Board of Otolaryngology the first year of training will include a minimum of five months of structured education in at least three of the following: general surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery, and surgical oncology. In addition, one month of structured education in each of the following four clinical areas: emergency medicine, critical care unit, anesthesia, and neurological surgery. 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.'
Here at Wake Forest, with the approval of the RRC rotations are on a four-week, rather than a monthly, time schedule totaling 13 rotation blocks. There is one remaining 4-week block in which our 1st year residents obtain clinical training with The Department of Dermatology, also with the approval of the RRC.
The post-graduate 2-5 years are on a calendar year (12) monthly schedule and consist of team rotations through each of our faculty subspecialty services, organized for level specific increases of responsibility and according to faculty surgical block time and outpatient clinic schedules. These subspecialties are Pediatrics, Laryngology-bronchoesophagology, Otology, Head & Neck Surgery, Allergy & Rhinology, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery & General ENT. There are three teams covering these services and one team dedicated monthly to Trauma and Consults. All teams include Senior (PGY4 & 5s) and Junior (PGY2 & 3s) residents. Also within the PGY2-4 years each residents will have a total of 4 months free of most clinical activities for focused research.
PGY 5/Chief Year
Post-graduate year 5 also includes administrative and clinical responsibilities encompass all our ENT services. Each of the chief residents share administrative responsibility heading up the activities of our 4 resident teams and assigning call duties.