In the Saint Louis University Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, we firmly believe that resident education improves the quality of care of our patients.
A significant part of our Jesuit mission is the education of the next generation of physicians. This commitment infuses every decision and everything we do within the department and results in a continued ability to match our residents to fellowships and jobs of their choice.
In the operating room, our otolaryngology residents' case numbers are in the top percentile in the country. Rotation time is reserved for independent research and faculty mentors are readily available. Attendance at local, regional and national meetings is encouraged, and resident travel for this purpose is subsidized by the department.
Assistant Program Director's Message
In the Saint Louis University Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, we firmly believe that resident education improves the quality of care of our patients. Additionally, a huge part of our Jesuit mission is the education of the next generation of physicians. This commitment infuses every decision and everything we do within the department.
Within the department we attempt to always remain agile in resident education with continual tailoring of the didactics. The senior residents lead the choices for book club and teaching conferences, as well as work closely with our attending-led didactic sessions. Our residents continue to perform fantastic research projects, with record productivity the last two years by our third years on their research blocks. The residents continually present their work at national meetings. In the operating room, our residents' case numbers are in the top percentile in the country. We also continue to match our residents into fellowships and jobs of their choice.
Saint Louis is an excellent place to live during training and we invite you to inquire further if you feel this is the place for you.
Scott Walen, M.D.
Assistant Program Director
Residency Program Features
Our five-year residency program provides comprehensive training in otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery. Major emphasis is placed on both outpatient care and inpatient management, as well as on operative technical skills. Senior otolaryngology residents at SLU lead the choices for book club and teaching conferences and work closely with our attending-led didactic sessions.
|Residents Per Year||Two|
|Length of Program||Five years|
|Research Block||Three months as PGY3|
|PGY1 Salary 2017-2018||$52,790|
|Chief Salary 2017-2018||$61,000|
The first year of the residency is spent as a general surgery intern in the Saint Louis University Department of Surgery. It is expected that all Saint Louis University otolaryngology residents will fulfill their general surgery internship requirement at Saint Louis University.
The remaining four years are spent in the otolaryngology department. A three-month research rotation is reserved during the PGY-3 year. The training program provides for graduated responsibility, culminating in the chief residency year. There is full attending supervision in the office and operating rooms in all our affiliated institutions.
Saint Louis University serves as the academic base for the otolaryngology residency. The other major affiliations of the otolaryngology training experience include SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center and Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Residents rotate at each of these facilities during their residency training.
PGY 1 Rotation Schedule
|Pediatric Otolaryngology||One month|
|Plastic Surgery||One month|
|Surgical Critical Care (ICU)||One month|
|Emergency Medicine||One month|
|General Surgery||One month|
Conferences, Lectures and Clubs
Grand rounds are held each Wednesday morning. All house staff, students and faculty are required to attend.
Laboratory facilities are available for animal surgery and temporal bone dissection. Each year, the department provides an organized temporal bone dissection course. In addition, independent temporal bone drilling is expected.
Mandatory Responsible Conduct of Research Training
The National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health require training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) for programs supporting research training, career development or research education.
All students, postdoctoral fellows and trainees at Saint Louis University who are supported by external funds must receive at least eight hours of formalized RCR training. To meet this requirement, Saint Louis University provides a series of two-hour workshops throughout the year. Training should be completed by the end of your program. Attending at least four workshops puts you in compliance but attending more is always encouraged. Training should be completed by the end of your program.
Saint Louis University School of Medicine's Department of Otolaryngology Training Program accepts applications through the Association of American Medical Colleges Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applicants' completed files are forwarded to our program by ERAS and are reviewed by our committee. We conduct two interviewing sessions.
Applicants are informed of their application/interview status by November. Our program receives about 200 applications traditionally interviews 36 applicants for two available first-year otolaryngology resident positions.