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The Tulane Affiliated Residency Program in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is currently a fully accredited five-year program consisting of one year of structured general surgery and four years of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. The program is based at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic (TUH&C) and includes rotations at Ochsner Medical Center (OMC), University Medical Center (UMC), Touro Infirmary (TI), and the New Orleans VA Medical Center (VAMC).

Residency Application

All applications must be processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) at https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/. Our deadline for receiving applications is October 15th.

If you have any questions regarding our residency program, please email our residency program coordinator Michon Shinn at michon@tulane.edu. 

Resident Responsibilities

Residents participate in the outpatient clinics at these facilities where a total of 35,000 patients are examined and treated annually. More than 4,000 inpatients are cared for annually by the Tulane Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Service providing an outstanding opportunity for clinical training. Each resident is given graduated responsibility in the overall management of patients depending on his/her level and ability, culminating in the last year in which as a chief resident, he/she has the responsibility (under the supervision of the staff) for running the services at one of the affiliated hospitals.

Resident Research

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The commitment to research is a priority in the Department of Otolaryngology at Tulane University. Our residents participate in both independent and assisted research throughout their training. Research allows the opportunity for critical thinking with direct correlation to their clinical experience. The aims are to facilitate scholarly thinking, creativity, and an understanding of the vast knowledge that surrounds the field of Otolaryngology. A total of three months are allocated for dedicated research time in the residents fourth year, however, residents are encouraged to participate in projects throughout their training experience. Faculty mentorship is available and encouraged during this process.

In summary, residents currently spend 51 months on full-time clinical otolaryngology-head and neck surgery rotations. In addition, they are required to spend three months on a dedicated full-time research rotation. The new 80 hour resident work week is monitored and enforced on an on-going basis throughout the year. Educational, evaluation, and promotion criteria center around acquiring proficiency in the six core competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning/improvement, interpersonal/communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.