Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
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 (OSUMC) is the base site 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 currently funded for 5 ENT/FPS residency spots, which allows us to bring on board one new resident per year.  OSUMC is the largest dedicated Osteopathic teaching institution in the nation and is home to 11 different residency and multiple fellowship training programs with over 150 trainees on an annual basis.  In early 2016, OSUMC ENT/FPS residency program was granted ACGME Pre-Accreditation status, and the program is working toward full accreditation within the next couple several years.

Temporal Bone Lab Equipment
Temporal Bone Lab equipment at OSUMC

Our otolaryngology residency is a union between academic and community based education models.  OSUMC’s 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. Attending and resident-led 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 two-station Temporal Bone Dissection Lab at OSUMC.  To encourage hands-on didactics, annual teaching labs are provided to the residents by Stryker (saw bone and plating lab) and Cochlear (cochlear implant) companies. It is also a requirement that our residents attend an annual educational course that builds on and supplements their knowledge base. In the past, the courses that have been attended include the Indiana and Iowa basic science/head and neck courses, rhinology courses, laryngology/laser course, and the AO trauma and reconstructive courses.

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.  Facial trauma procedures such as Lefort, ZMC, orbital and nasal fractures are performed with core trainers as well as with oculoplastic, oral maxillofacial, and plastic surgeons. 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.  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 hands-on exposure to pediatric airway procedures such as supraglottoplasty and tracheal reconstruction as well as vascular malformations, congenital and craniofacial procedures.

In addition to training available within our community supplemental “out rotations”  are also available.  Our residents rotate at the Hough Ear Institute for Otology/Neurotology during their PGY3 year. This provides exposure to a broad spectrum of otologic procedures including stapedectomy, cochlear implants and acoustic neuromas.  In Tulsa “out” rotation time is also spent with fellowship-trained plastic surgeon for cosmetic procedures, as well as a Mohs surgeon.  Time is allowed for a senior resident to do elective rotations if they choose to do so.

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 to the resident and their family at no additional cost.  All of the major facilities that our residents work at supply food at no cost while on duty.  OSU Graduate Medical Education provides up to $1000 (PGY 2-3) and $1500 (PGY 4-5) annual stipends for conferences and travel, and additional grants provide one surgical textbook annually to all of the residents.

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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