An accredited residency program, the Otolaryngology Residency represents a structured 5-year progressive program of study. The general educational goal of the Otolaryngology program at the University of Louisville is to help our residents obtain the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to be competent otolaryngologists and head and neck surgeons and to prepare them for practice. The program also interfaces with residents in General Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine. This approach allows our residents to have a one-month rotation exposing them to the spectrum of our specialty and experience the interfaces between their career path and Otolaryngology.

The specific knowledge and skill objectives that we focus on are those defined in the Special Requirements for Residency Education in Otolaryngology. These include:

  • Bronchoesophagology
  • Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Laryngology
  • Rhinology
  • Otology
  • Otolaryngologic allergy, immunology, endocrinology and neurology


In addition to these specialty specific objectives, there are issues and challenges facing residents today as they enter practice that are included in their curriculum. These include competency in providing high quality, cost-efficient care, and a general knowledge of population-based medicine and practice management. The attitudes addressed in the curriculum include communication skills, humanistic skills and professionalism.

Our educational goals are met by a curriculum consisting of instruction and service on clinical rotations, formal didactic conferences, assigned text and journal readings, assigned temporal bone and cadaver dissections, and formal continuing education courses. Residents are exposed to broad-based clinical environments and patient populations throughout their residency, spending time at public, private and veterans hospitals in both inpatient and outpatient settings.


Mission Statement

The University of Louisville Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency Program’s mission is: To train outstanding surgeons who are compassionate, safe and skillful in patient care and become board certified otolaryngologists with active roles in leadership and teaching in their community; to develop and use scholarly principles and scientific research to guide their clinical judgment and teaching skills; to utilize multidisciplinary care systems in a metropolitan setting to treat a diverse patient population locally and regionally under ethical and morally sound principles. 


Program Aims

  1. To train young physicians to become skilled clinicians and surgeons who can become board certified after a 5 year training program.
  2. To teach the fundamentals of scientific research and critical thinking for scholarly activity, practice improvement and life-long learning and teaching.
  3. To approach patient care in a tertiary care multidisciplinary setting with a focus on patient safety, advocacy and quality improvement.
  4. To teach residents through mentorship and graduated responsibility to gain confidence in surgical skill and clinical decision making so they can practice in a safe, relevant, and ethically sound manner.


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