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Otolaryngology Residency Program

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.

Otolaryngology Residents

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.

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
Call Home
Research Block Three months as PGY3
Board Accreditation Full
PGY1 Salary 2017-2018 $52,790
Chief Salary 2017-2018  $61,000

Program Core

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

Department Time Period
Otolaryngology Five months
Pediatric Otolaryngology One month
Neurosurgery One month
Anesthesia One month
Plastic Surgery One month 
Surgical Critical Care (ICU) One month
Emergency Medicine One month
General Surgery One month

Conferences, Lectures and Clubs

Basic Science Lecture Series
This series of lectures represent the core didactic curriculum for the residency and includes core otolaryngology material as well as related disciplines lectures.
Grand Rounds

Grand rounds are held each Wednesday morning. All house staff, students and faculty are required to attend.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference
The morbidity and mortality conference is held once each month. The chief residents present relevant cases from Saint Louis University Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. Emphasis is on teaching, avoidance of complications and improving patient care. This conference is open to academic faculty, residents and medical students only.
Radiology Conference
The monthly radiology conference teaches the radiologic assessment of a wide spectrum of head and neck pathology. Although traditional X-rays are discussed, the emphasis is on advanced imaging modalities such as MRI and CT. Neuroradiology staff participates in the planning and implementation of this conference.
Tumor Board Conference
This multidisciplinary conference meets weekly to present new patients, develop multidisciplinary treatment plans and assess patient status for all head and neck cancer patients. It is required that all head and neck cancer patients treated by the department be presented at this weekly planning conference.
Book Club
Book club focuses on the systematic review of a selected major text of otolaryngology. Over a one- to two-year period, all chapters within the selected text are discussed. This conference, which meets weekly, is coordinated by the chief residents.
Journal Club
Journal club provides an opportunity for critical review of current otolaryngology literature. It meets on a monthly basis during the academic year.
Teaching Case Conference
Teaching case conference, which meets two to three times per month, includes the presentation of unusual, complex or otherwise noteworthy cases, followed by an informal discussion. Often a teaching case conference may be designated for a specific topic (such as trauma). The purpose of this conference is to encourage the development of cognitive skills for the assessment and management of various disease processes.

Laboratory Facilities

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.

Application Process

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.