Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

OSU Medical Center

Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery Residency

Information | Residents

Program Description

Oklahoma State University Medical Center is the base for a five year residency in Otolaryngology.  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.  

Our otolaryngology residency is a union between academic and community based education models.  OSUMC and OSU-CHS afford our residents opportunities to participate in multidisciplinary patient care and interaction with other resident driven service lines.  Academic activities such as Grand Rounds and Tumor Board are a regular part of our curriculum.  Otolaryngology specific didactic learning occurs in weekly sessions teleconferencing with 4 residency programs.  In addition our department hosts regular Journal clubs which are attended by residents and community training physicians. 

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 in a two station 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 seven physicians in the Tulsa area.  Our core residency trainers are osteopathic surgeons who practice full spectrum otolaryngology and are motivated to train residents.  Two core trainers are fellowship trained in Head and Neck Surgery and Endocrine surgery.  Residents receive graduated responsibility in surgical cases and are primary surgeons on cases as their skills advance.  Furthermore, our residents scrub cases with additional area attending physicians including a neurotologist.  Residents regularly participate in ablative and reconstructive Head and Neck oncologic procedures, including free flap reconstruction within our community.  

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, Senta’s Head and Neck Oncology Practice, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for pediatric otolaryngology.  In Tulsa “out” rotation time is spent with a cosmetic 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).  Surgical cases are scrubbed at our base hospitals as well as several area surgery centers and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  This affords our residents a broad experience in management of a wide variety of acute and chronic ENT pathology.  

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 within supply food at no cost while on duty.  OSU Graduate Medical Education supplies up to $1000 (year 2-3) and $1500 (year 4-5) for conferences and travel and additional grants provide one surgical textbook annually.  


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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