Residency Program Overview
Each year four applicants are selected to enter our five-year training program. Residents receive first-hand experience in all aspects of otolaryngology supervised by a devoted faculty consisting of three neurotologists, three rhinologists, three head and neck oncologists, two laryngologists, three facial plastic surgeons, 10 pediatric otolaryngologists, and four general otolaryngologists. In addition, there are numerous clinical faculty at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a full staff of audiologists, speech therapists, and research faculty who contribute to resident training.
Our training program is structured into three-month rotations at our various hospitals, where residents are exposed to a wide range of practice settings. Training is completed at Parkland Hospital, one of the premier county hospitals in the country; UT Southwestern University Hospitals and Clinics where our faculty practices are based; the VA Medical Center; and Children's Health℠ Children’s Medical Center. We are proud to be part of a top-rated medical school and research institution at UT Southwestern.
Commensurate with our faculty’s clinical interests and the diverse patient population at our institution, the resident experience is particularly robust in several subspecialty areas:
- Malignancies of the head and neck including the modalities of transoral laser surgery and transoral robotic surgery
- Chronic ear disease and cochlear implantation
- Lateral skull base surgery; complex facial trauma
- Advanced sinonasal malignancies and skull base tumors
- Rhinoplasty and total facial rejuvenation
- Free tissue transfer and advanced reconstructive techniques in the head and neck
Operative exposure to routine otolaryngologic procedures begins as early as the PGY-2 year and advances throughout the Otolaryngology Residency Program. Residents have appropriate faculty supervision in all clinic settings.
We are privileged to be the only Otolaryngology Residency Program in North Texas. The DFW metroplex is home to more than 6 million people, and in the last decade it was the second fastest growing area in the country. Overall, our residents find Dallas to be an affordable and attractive place to live.
Educational opportunities through the Department of Otolaryngology at UT Southwestern Medical Center include:
- Monthly conference day consisting of a visiting professor, faculty and resident presentations, roundtable discussions, and morbidity and mortality conference
- Weekly head and neck tumor board
- Monthly skull base conference
- Quarterly temporal bone lab
- Semiannual head and neck anatomy course
- Friday morning conference on otology, rhinology, or audiology
- Monthly journal clubs covering otology/neurotology, rhinology, head and neck surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, facial plastic surgery, and research
- Bimonthy skull base grand rounds
- Weekly faculty lectures at Children’s Medical Center and Parkland
- Audiology primer for the second-year residents during the first month of residency
- Monthly basic science curriculum for the second-year residents
Residents complete at least one basic and one clinical research project during their training. There is a dedicated three-month block to facilitate this requirement. With prior approval, residents have also used this time to go on medical missions and to complete mini clinical fellowships at outside institutions. Upon completion of the Otolaryngology Residency Program, residents are well equipped to pursue a career either in academics or in private practice.
Residents receive a generous salary relative to the cost of living in Dallas and are supported by the Department for travel to present research at national meetings. A stipend for books, loupes, etc. is provided by the Department in addition to three weeks of vacation per year.
We appreciate applicant interest in Otolaryngology at UT Southwestern. Each year we interview approximately 50 applicants for four resident positions. We accept applications through the ERAS system. Many of our residents have offered to have applicants stay in their homes for one night before their interview day.