Otolaryngology Residency Training Program
Welcome to the Wake Forest School of Medicine Otolaryngology residency training program. I hope that the content of this website gives you valuable insight into the substance of our training program.
We have been training residents in our specialty since 1947. Currently, we alternate between taking two or three residents per year. Our program is diverse and comprehensive. Having at least one, and usually multiple faculty who are fellowship-trained in all of the major specialties within our field, allows us to expose and train our residents to the full spectrum of Otolaryngology. We are also proud that Wake Forest Baptist’s ENT/Head & Neck Surgery program was recently ranked number one in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report (Best Hospitals rankings) and 20th in the country.
Our program complies with requirements set forth by the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto) with a PGY1 year, which includes the required clinical rotations followed by 48 months of training in our field. Graduating residents finish with an extensive surgical experience, ample experience with inpatient care, and an unusually comprehensive experience with the longitudinal care of outpatients that cannot be matched by many programs in the country.
Comprehensive Otolaryngology Training
The training program is centered around the main academic teaching hospital, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and Brenner Children’s Hospital, which is on the same campus. Our Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of 41 cancer centers in the nation designated as “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute. Outpatient clinics are located in the main hospital, in the Comprehensive Cancer Center (attached to the main medical campus), Medical Plaza - Miller (formerly CompRehab Plaza - a block from the main medical campus), and in Clemmons (about five miles from the main medical campus).
Being the only major academic Otolaryngology practice in the western half of North Carolina, we have a tremendous geographic catch area, which also includes a significant part of western Virginia, the southern part of West Virginia, and parts of South Carolina and Tennessee. This allows for a steady stream of patients with the widest array of pathologies, giving our residents exposure and forming the basis of their clinical training.
Living in Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem is part of the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. Along with the cities of Greensboro, High Point and immediate surrounding areas, our referral population is well over one million. This number does not include the wider referral geographic mentioned earlier.
Winston-Salem is located near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains (less than a one hour drive to the mountains) and a vast selection of beaches, from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to Myrtle Beach, SC (less than a five hour drive away). The quality of living here is extremely high, and the cost of living is low. Many of our residents buy a home during residency. With the undergraduate Wake Forest University campus (NCAA division 1 sports in ACC conference) being in town, along with the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Winston-Salem Dash (a minor league baseball team), there is a surprising abundance of cultural and sporting activities in our town for our residents to experience during their time here.
Dan Kirse, MD, FAAP
Professor and Vice-Chair
Residency Program Director
Medical Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery