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Career Development - Otolaryngology

What Does Training Look Like?

Residency for otolaryngology lasts five years. About one third of residents go on to do fellowships.


There are many subspecialties in otolaryngology including: laryngology, head and neck surgery/oncology, microvascular reconstruction, neurotology, facial plastic surgery, pediatric, rhinology and sleep.

What Does a Typical Workday Look Like?

Physicians who specialize in ENT typically work from 8-4 or 9-5 in clinic. They spend about 2/3 of their time in clinic and 1/3 of their time in the OR. There are some emergencies which arise, but typically they spend little time at night or on weekends.

Important Qualities and Traits

Qualities recognized as important to otolaryngology include:


  • attention to detail
  • manual dexterity
  • communication skills
  • ability to work in teams
Shadowing Opportunities

For shadowing opportunities, please contact Erin Petty.
Research Opportunities

The Department of Otolaryngology has research opportunities in health care disparities, health care delivery, rhinology and oncology available. Please contact Dr. Paul Friedlander for more information.

Additionally, students may want to pursue research opportunities through the DeBakey Scholars Program. This program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal, structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.

Specialty Interest Group

Tulane School of Medicine has an ENT Interest Group, which meets to discuss career related issues in otolaryngology.

2019 Officers:

Treasurer:Emma Satchell

Treasurer:Natalie Weiss

T4 Class Representative:Sydney Beatty

T4 Class Representative:Connor (Beau) Burkett

T4 Class Representative:Malhar Parikh

T3 Class Representative:Nick Mankowski

T3 Class Representative:Caleb Natale

T3 Class Representative:Ryan Nagy

T3 Class Representative:Caleb Natale

T2 Class Representative:Paulina Giacomelli

T2 Class Representative:Emma Satchell

T2 Class Representative:Natalie Weiss

Who are the Specialty Academic/Career Advisors for this Specialty?

Please contact Dr. Paul Friedlander or Dr. Rizwan Aslam for further information about careers in otolaryngology.

Recommended T3 & T4 Coursework

Students interested in otolaryngology may want to take a 2-week (OTLN 4020) or 4-week (OTLN 4000) elective course early in their fourth year. Additionally, students can take a 4-week research elective (OTLN 4040).


Specialty Statistics

Number of Applicants & Positions (from " Results & Data: 2018 Main Residency Match ")


Summary Statistics (from "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2018")


Special Considerations When Applying for Residency

There are no special considerations when applying for residency in otolaryngology.

Important Advice

If you are interested in otolaryngology, contact the department early so that they can assist you in planning appropriately.

Use our ENT faculty as a resource! They can help you pursue a career in otolaryngology!

Step scores are important, but so is demonstrated “fit” with a program, through early experiences and research.

ENT is a fun, exciting, and diverse platform of clinical work and operating room procedures. As such, it blends both the “problem solving” and “procedures” sides of medicine.


Where Past Tulane Students Have Matched

Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2015
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2015
Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai-NY NEW YORK NY 2015
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2015
Emory Univ SOM-GA ATLANTA GA 2016
U Texas Med Branch-Galveston GALVESTON TX 2016
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
MedStar Georgetown Univ Hosp- WASHINGTON DC 2018
U South Florida Morsani COM-Tampa TAMPA FL 2019
Kaiser Permanente-Oakland-CA OAKLAND CA 2019
SUNY Upstate Med University SYRACUSE NY 2019
Loyola Univ Med Ctr-IL MAYWOOD IL 2019
Wake Forest Baptist Med Ctr-NC WINSTON-SALEM NC 2019


How Many Programs Should I Apply To?

AAMC data shows that students with Step scores above 250 reach the point of diminishing returns at 39 applications. Those with Step scores between 237-249 reach this point at 43, and those with scores below 236 may need to submit 44 applications to reach this point.