Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
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Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery Residency

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Program Description

Oklahoma State University Medical Center is the base for a five year residency in Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery (ENT/FPS).  Our residency has a linked intern year that is hosted at Oklahoma State University Medical center and meets the internship requirements of a categorical preliminary year with six months of medicine and six months of surgical service requirements.  OSUMC is the largest dedicated Osteopathic teaching institution in the nation and is home to 11 different residency and 8 fellowship training programs with over 150 trainees on an annual basis.  In 2013 OSUMC was granted ongoing state funding of $13 million per year which establishes it as Northeastern Oklahoma’s academic teaching institution.  As an academic institution, OSU intends to be in the early phase of application for ACGME certification for all OSU residency programs. 

OSUMC is currently funded for 5 ENT/FPS residency spots, which allows us to bring on board one new resident per year. At this time, our program has one PGY5, TWO PGY4, one PGY3 and one PGY2 resident, which brings us to a total of 5 residents to fill the funded positions. For the last couple years we have been matching residents who will join our program as a PGY2. This effectively allows us to fill every spot in our program until our two current PGY4 residents graduate in 2017. That year (2017), we will be matching a PGY2 as well as a PGY1 resident. This will then bring back into one-resident-a-year format. For current 4th year medical students who are considering rotating with us, you will be be considered for a PGY2 start in 2017. In the fall/early winter (before the official match), after a qualified student has been selected, the student will be notified by our program director and given the option to join our program. The student at that point will be offered a contract-guaranteed position with OSUMC to start their PGY2 in 2017. The student is then responsible for matching into an AOA-approved (Traditional Rotating Internship) TRI through ERAS at a location of their choice. The TRI must have enough flexibility in their schedule to allow the resident to complete 6 months of medicine and 6 months of surgery rotations, as required by The American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.  This system demonstrated efficacy, as Dr. Downs (current PGY2) has now joined our team and Dr. Nelson is currently completing his TRI and is under contract to join our program as a PGY2 in 2016.  The applicant for the 2017 PGY2 position will be the last applicant to be contracted in this manor and our program will convert back to the standard match system thereafter.

Our otolaryngology residency is a union between academic and community based education models.  OSUMC close proximity to the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and OSU-Center for Health Sciences afford our residents opportunities to participate in multidisciplinary patient care and interaction with other resident driven service lines.  Academic activities such as Grand Rounds are a regular part of our curriculum.  Otolaryngology specific didactic learning occurs in weekly sessions, as well as a monthly Journal Club and Mortality and Morbidity (M&M) conferences.

Temporal Bone Lab Equipment
Temporal Bone Lab equipment at OSUMC

Academic didactic learning is an important part of our program and hands on didactic learning is equally important.  Each year our residents are allocated multiple temporal bone specimens for use at a dedicated Temporal Bone Dissection Lab at OSUMC.  Additionally, annually our residents are given access to a full cadaver for additional dissection experience. 

Hands-on clinical and surgical experience are the foundation of resident training.  Our residents work on a regular basis with eleven physicians in the Tulsa area.  Our core residency trainers are osteopathic and allopathic surgeons who practice full spectrum otolaryngology and are motivated to train residents.  Residents receive graduated responsibility in surgical cases and are primary surgeons on cases as their skills advance.  Residents regularly participate in ablative and reconstructive Head and Neck oncologic procedures, including free flap reconstruction within our community.  Local hospitals where residents perform surgical cases include OSUMC, Hillcrest hospital system (3 hospitals), St. John’s, Oklahoma Surgical Hospital, Tulsa Spine and Surgical Hospital, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa.  This affords our residents a broad experience in management of a wide variety of acute and chronic ENT pathology. 

In addition to training available within our community supplemental “out rotations”  are also available.  Our residents rotate at the Hough Ear Institute for exposure to Otology/Neurotology during their PGY4 year. On a weekly basis, the ENT residents operate with well-published and eager-to-teach pediatric otolaryngologists in Oklahoma City at the The Children’s Hospital at OU with access to complicated airway reconstruction and craniofacial procedures regularly..  In Tulsa “out” rotation time is also spent with Fellowship Plastic surgeon and Mohs surgeon. 

Call is spread amongst all residents in the program equally and is taken from home.  Residents are responsible for ER coverage and floor consultations under the guidance of overseeing physicians that cover three of Tulsa’s four major hospitals (OSU, Hillcrest and St. John’s Medical Centers).

In addition to a salary, full healthcare benefits are offered at no additional cost to the resident for the resident and their family members.  All the major facilities that our residents rotate at supply food at no cost while on duty.  OSU Graduate Medical Education supplies up to $1000 (year 2-3) and $1500 (year 4-5) stipends for conferences and travel and additional grants provide one surgical textbook annually. 


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Contact Information

Tom Hamilton D.O.
Program Director OSU ENT

To schedule rotations (only two week rotation blocks are allowed) please contact:

Rhonda Bogan
Rotations Coordinator

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