Residency Program - Residency Curriculum
The Otolaryngology Department at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School accepts two residents per year. The 5-year training program in Otolaryngology consists of4 years of progressive training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, preceded by1 year of general surgery.
All residents do their general surgery training under the direction of the Otolaryngology Program Director and in collaboration with the Program Director for the Department of General Surgery. During the first year in general surgery, the interns rotate through various 1 month rotations that include other surgical services and a full 6 month otolaryngology block. While on the otolaryngology block, the residents assist in the operating room and play a pivotal role on the team.
In the PGY-3 year, each resident will spend 3 months at Rutgers University Hospital expanding their clinical outpatient and inpatient knowledge and expertise. They will be expected to know how to diagnose and treat complex head and neck disorders such as vertigo, acoustic neuromas, Meniere’s disease, and skull base tumors. They will also spend 5 months at the VA doing various types of cases. They also spend 3 months doing research within the department without any clinic responsibilities except for on call duties. Residents also get to spend 1 month with the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department at Rutgers. Here they will have a chance to learn the nuances of occlusion, extraction of teeth, and treatment of many oral cavity disorders. The second year otolaryngology resident also acquires knowledge and develops skills in the management of complex postoperative problems. They will finish the year being proficient in the following: tympanoplasty, mastoidectomy, sinus surgery, cochlear implantation, ossicular chain reconstruction, stapedectomy, endoscopic orbital decompression, septoplasty, and transphenoidal approaches to pituitary lesions.
The Chief Resident Year is the final year of training and is one of complete responsibility of the service at University Hospital at Rutgers and the VA. It involves administrative duties pertaining to scheduling, residency training, teaching assignments, medical student education, completing ongoing research projects. They will present cases during tumor board and during quality improvement conferences. They will be responsible for guiding junior residents in and out of the operating room. In addition, the chief resident will be proficient in all the various fields of otolaryngology at the conclusion of the year. These types of cases are but not limited to total laryngopharyngectomy, tracheal resection and reconstruction, free flap surgery and microvascular anastamosis, temporal bone resection including acoustic neuroma resections and middle fossa approaches and complex skull base cases that are jointly conducted with the neurosurgical team. They will run the inpatient clinical service and round with the team in the mornings and evenings. They will have a supreme knowledge of medical and surgical complications and their treatments. The conclusion of the chief year will prepare him/her for an academic career if they so choose.
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