UW Otolaryngology residents
Overview

Residency

The residency program provides comprehensive training in clinical, surgical, and investigative aspects of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The program is designed to produce excellent surgeons who apply sound scientific principles to the practice of head and neck surgery. Two-thirds of our graduates continue in top academic medicine centers across the country.

The University is a tertiary referral center for a 5-state area including Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI region). Training experience builds on graduated increases in patient care over five clinical years. Trainees achieve excellence through didactic lectures, busy operative schedules, clinic exposure, and specific dissection courses. Accessible, involved faculty complement learning with directed teaching in clinics, wards, and the operating suite.

Our sense of camaraderie is reflected in a willingness to collaborate in scientific exploration, and a dedication to high clinical standards. The strong research base includes Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW South Lake Union Research Center, VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence, and others, and provides a unique research opportunity amongst Otolaryngology Training Programs. The clinical and investigative strengths of this department coupled with the beauty of the Pacific Northwest make this a distinctive training program.

Mission Statement

The intent of our program is to develop leaders in academic otolaryngology. We anticipate that tomorrow’s leaders in otolaryngology‐head and neck surgery will be characterized as translational researchers, individuals who have prepared themselves for leadership through exposure to both research and clinical training. We believe that this will require strong clinical knowledge and skills, an aptitude towards research, be it basic science, clinical or epidemiological, and most importantly a drive to achieve personal excellence. Our goal is to train you to become a mature and capable surgeon by providing you with a series of supervised patient care experiences in a system of graduated responsibility. Residents who match with the department receive otolaryngology and intensive research training at the University of Washington and affiliated hospitals.

Requirements

Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for the residency program in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Washington:

  • Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME accredited medical school.
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:
  1. Have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment, or
  2. Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a US licensing jurisdiction in which they are training.

Rotation Schedule

The residency training program consists of three portions: an otolaryngology internship, dedicated research training for 1-2 years, and 4 years of clinical training in otolaryngology.

Clinical Training 1st clinical year (R1) intern 6 mos. Otolaryngology, 6 mos. General Surgery
Clinical Training 2nd clinical year (R2) resident University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), Harborview Medical Center (HMC), VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VA), Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH)
Research Training Research Fellow Research; Temporal Bone Course
Clinical Training 3rd clinical year (R3) resident SCH; Research; UWMC
Clinical Training 4th clinical year (R4) resident HMC; OTOLOGY; UWMC
Clinical Training 5th clinical year (R5) resident Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC), UWMC Chief, VA Chief, UWMC electives

Life in Seattle

Seattle is a bustling metropolis situated between Lake Washington and beautiful Puget Sound. The water emphasizes the beauty of the forested mountain ranges, the Cascades to the east and the Olympics to the west. The views of Mount Rainer and Mount Olympus are a constant reminder we are never far from natural beauty. It's an active outdoor town with bicyclers using protected trails, early morning kayakers, and joggers who fully utilize the many parks situated in the midst of busy neighborhoods. 

Seattle has 2 million inhabitants in the metro region and has remained vibrant in these changing economic times. In recent reports, Seattle continues to attract college graduates for opportunities in venture capital, software, hi-tech enterprises, and specialty retail. 

Seattle is a food lover’s paradise. The bounty of local seafood and farmers'  markets makes exploring the restaurant scene an adventure in itself. Exotic spices and unusual ingredients are easily acquired in our many ethnic neighborhoods and markets.

From the classical sounds of the Benaroya Hall or the McCaw Opera Hall, to the jazz and “grunge” scene, Seattle has something musical for everyone. The Experience Music Project museum at Seattle Center allows for an interactive exposure to all varieties of music.

Seattle Visitor Centers and Services

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Resident Research and Scholarly Activity

FAQs 

The University of Washington Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery Residency Program is an ACGME-accredited program that participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service. Important dates and specific procedures can be located on that site. 

There are four residency positions offered annually. Three of the four spots are for a 6-year program that includes 1 year of dedicated T-32 funded research, and the fourth position is for a 7-year program that includes 2 years of dedicated T-32 funded research. More information is available from the Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery Program Coordinator at 206-543-5662.

The selection process involves review of the entire application by several members of the selection committee, and details are given here.

Information about elective clerkship rotations is available here (UW Medicine Education - Otolaryngology).

Residents of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery conduct research in a large number of disciplines with mentorship from within and outside the department. Our goal is to train our residents to be the future leaders of Otolaryngology in both clinical and research endeavors. We provide opportunities for scholarly work in a wide variety of basic science, translational and outcomes research topics. These include hearing related topics (Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center); molecular and genetic profiles of oral cavity cancer (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center); outcomes studies in head and neck cancer, voice disorders, rhinology, sleep surgery; computer-aided skull base surgery; and vascular and lymphatic malformations. For more information, click here.

Details are available through the University of Washington Graduate Medical Education Office. Please refer to the Stipend Schedule and Residency and Fellow Position Appointment (RFPA).

Residents attend local, regional and national courses in various subspecialties including, sinus, otology, facial plastics, head and neck, and airway management among others.

Clinical sites 

Residents rotate to four major hospitals as part of their diversified training experience.

University of Washington Medical Center
1959 N.E. Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 598-3300

The University of Washington Medical Center is a 529-bed, tertiary-care referral center that consistently ranks as one of the best hospitals by US News & World Report. The residents participate in training in tertiary oncology and reconstructive surgery, laryngology and voice disorders, otology and neuro-otology, and endoscopic sinus surgery with exposure to general otolaryngology issues.

Harborview Medical Center
325 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 744-3000

Harborview Medical Center is the only Level I trauma center in the state of Washington. The hospital serves the greater Seattle area and the adjacent northwestern states including Alaska. This rotation offers specific training in Level I trauma and reconstructive surgery, skull base approaches, head and neck oncology, sleep surgery, otology, and general otolaryngology.

Seattle Children’s Hospital
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 987-2000

Seattle Children’s Hospital provides exposure both to general and tertiary pediatric surgery with a concentration on laryngotracheal reconstruction, otology and cochlear implant surgery, management of VPI, congenital and vascular malformations, and sinus surgery.

VA Puget Sound Health Care System
1660 South Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 762-1010

The VA medical center is a 488-bed hospital providing general medical care for veterans from Washington, Idaho, and Alaska. It offers surgical experience in general otolaryngology, audiology, head and neck oncology, otology, laryngology, and facial plastic surgery.

Virginia Mason Medical Center
1100 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 223-6600

Virginia Mason (VM) is a 336-bed, private, nonprofit organization offering integrated health services, including a multispecialty group practice of more than 440 physicians offering both primary and specialized care.

Contact 

CONTACT for RESIDENCY PROGRAM:

Domonique Calhoun
Residency Program Coordinator
Email: dc24@uw.edu
 
Tanya K. Meyer, MD, Director
Email: meyertk@uw.edu

Current Residents