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Department of Otolaryngology, Temple University School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology, Temple University School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology, Temple University School of Medicine

department of otolaryngology

head and neck surgery

Residency Program




The curriculum is designed to provide exposure to the complete field of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery during the four-year experience. Clinical rotations are divided into six-week blocks that may be grouped into three-month or nine-week clusters. The rotation schedule has remained static in the last two years to try to provide a similar experience for all residents. In the early years, residents are always under the close supervision of senior residents and faculty, usually on a one-to-one basis. There are no unsupervised resident clinics and all patients are seen by supervising faculty during in-house consultation. Senior residents are given greater autonomy in their actions and greater responsibility for supervising and teaching junior residents and medical students.


The education program is listed below. Formal teaching consists of four hours of lecture by residents, staff and visiting professors on Wednesday mornings, Thursdays at noon and Friday mornings. Attendance is mandatory for all residents and staff regardless of rotation. In addition to the three-year cycle of formalized lectures, periodic courses and lecture series are added on an annual basis. Residents attend regional and national scientific meetings and are expected to attend city-wide otolaryngology meetings at the Philadelphia College of Physicians (approximate six per year).


Anatomy Course.  A course in Head and Neck Anatomy is provided by the Department of Anatomy under the supervision and direction of Dr. Carson Schneck. Dr. Schneck does a prosection about which he lectures and demonstrates pertinent anatomic details. These prosections include skull, orbit, head, neck and thorax. The residents perform their own dissections as well, which are presented to Dr. Schneck.


Tumor Conference.  A weekly tumor conference is held the second and fourth Thursday of each month under the direction of Dr. Lango. It is attended by representatives from the Departments of Pathology, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Hematology-Oncology and supporting specialties. Patients are presented by junior or senior residents on their Temple rotation and examined by those in attendance. Relevant radiologic and pathologic material is reviewed and management of each individual planned. The residents are involved in both presentation of the patients and the interactive discussions.


Temporal Bone Dissection Course.  There is a six-week temporal bone dissection course yearly under the direction of Dr. Ronis. Three-hour evening sessions consist of a didactic lecture by one of Temple's or Hahnemann's faculty, a discussion with dinner, and a drilling session under the supervision of one of the faculty. In addition, the residents are supplied with several temporal bones and the House dissection manual. At the completion of the course, each resident submits a dissected bone for consideration in the resident Temporal Bone Dissection contest. The bones are judged by the faculty and a prize awarded for the best specimen.


Audiology Course. The first eight Friday morning didactic sessions are led by the Audiology faculty. Basic topics in audiology, hearing science and electrophysiology are covered.


Wednesday and Friday Morning Conferences. From 7:00 to 8:00 am each Wednesday and 6:30 to 8:30 am each Friday the core course in Otolaryngology is conducted. Each morning is divided into two parts. A resident-led session (resident lectures, interesting case discussions, continuous quality improvement, journal club) and a didactic session are led by a Temple faculty member in Otolaryngology or from associated departments. The course material follows an annual rotation and is organized jointly by Drs. Szeremeta and Soliman and the chief residents. All major areas of otolaryngology and related fields are covered as outlined by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Attendance is mandatory for all residents and faculty.


Research. Residents have required research rotations in their second and third years of Otolaryngology training (PGY 3, 4). They are encouraged and assisted in setting-up and completing either clinical or basic research projects. Completion of at least one research paper suitable for publication is a minimum requirement for completion of the residency.