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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 Touro Infirmary (TI), Ochsner Medical Center, University Hospital, and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Biloxi, Mississippi (VAB).

Residency Application

All appointments must be processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) at Our deadline for receiving applications is October 15th.

If you have any questions regarding our residency program, please email our residency program coordinator, Sharon Barousse, at

Resident Responsibilities

  • OTO IIs - rotate for eight months at Ochsner Medical Center, and four months at the VA-Biloxi.
  • OTO IIIs - rotate for four months at Ochsner Medical Center, four months at Touro Infirmary, and four months at Tulane University Hospital & Clinic.
  • OTO IVs - rotate for four months at University Medical Center of New Orleans, four months at Ochsner Medical Center, and four months of research.
  • OTO Vs - rotate for four months at Tulane University Hospital & Clinic, four months at Ochsner Medical Center, and four months at VA-Biloxi.

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 for 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 a 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-base learning/improvement, interpersonal/communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.