Otolaryngology

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The division of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery participates in the Surgery Clerkship during the third-year of medical school. Additionally, the division offers two medical student courses. Surgery 771 is for third-year medical students looking to further investigate the specialty, or for those looking for a more intense experience than that provided in the Surgery clerkship. Surgery 770 is our fourth-year student acting internship experience.

SURG 771 – Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Elective (Third-Year Students)

Length Of Course: 2 weeks

Description: This course is designed to introduce third year medical students to the basics of evaluation and management of patients with ear, nose, throat and neck problems. Students on this elective will serve as an integral part of the Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery team.

This rotation should serve to enhance the head and neck history and examination skills of the student. Student will be expected to personally evaluate patients in the clinic, as well as possibly through the emergency room and inpatient consultation service. Management of these patients will be discussed with resident and attending faculty in formulating a treatment plan. Operative experience will be directed mostly towards routine ear, nose, throat, and neck surgeries. More intense head and neck cases may be utilized as opportunities for head and neck anatomy experiences for all students. For those expressing an interest in otolaryngology – head & neck surgery as a potential career, operative experience can be tailored for the exposure necessary to demonstrate the breadth of otolaryngology – head & neck surgery. Daily conferences and lectures will serve as formal didactics, in addition to the teaching opportunities provided in outpatient clinics and inpatient rounds.

The goals of this elective rotation are to enhance head and neck skills and to reinforce for students the otolaryngologic pathology they are likely to see in their clinical practice, regardless of specialty.

Evaluation methods will include subjective evaluation of students’ funds of knowledge and patient care skills by the attending otolaryngology – head and neck surgery faculty. This course will be offered throughout the entire academic year.

SURG 770 – Head & Neck Surgery Acting
Internship (Fourth-Year Students)

Length Of Course: 4 weeks

Description: This course is designed to expand the fourth year students’ understanding of the evaluation
and management of patients with ear, nose, throat and neck problems. Students on this AI will serve as an integral part of the Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery team. This rotation should serve to enhance the head and neck history and examination skills of the student. Student will be expected to personally evaluate patients in the clinic, as well as possibly through the emergency room and inpatient consultation service. Management of these patients will be discussed with resident and attending faculty in formulating a treatment plan. Operative experience will be directed mostly towards routine ear, nose, throat, and neck surgeries. More intense head and neck cases may be utilized as opportunities for head and neck anatomy experiences for all students. For those expressing an interest in otolaryngology – head & neck surgery as a potential career, operative experience can be tailored for the exposure necessary to demonstrate the breadth of otolaryngology – head & neck surgery. Daily conferences and lectures will serve as formal didactics, in addition to the teaching opportunities provided in outpatient clinics and inpatient rounds.

The purpose of this rotation is to enhance head and neck skills and to reinforce for students the otolaryngologic pathology which they are likely to see in their clinical practice, regardless of specialty.