Otolaryngology Residency

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The Saint Barnabas Medical Center Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery & Facial Plastic Surgery residency program is a five-year AOCOO-HNS accredited program affiliated with the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. We have currently applied for ACGME accreditation and have received pre-accreditation status.

The residency consists of five years of progressive clinical training in all aspects of otology, rhinology, allergy, maxillofacial surgery, head and neck surgery, facial plastic, reconstructive surgery, laryngology, and pediatric otolaryngology. The training is carried out under the supervision of the faculty of the Departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center , and NJ ENT and Facial Plastic Associates.

Residents successfully completing the SBMC curriculum demonstrate a broad fund of knowledge in the specialty. Moreover, they effectively apply and communicate concepts learned through independent scholarship and formal didactic education. The faculty is singularly dedicated to the curriculum: resident attendance at Wednesday morning conferences is mandatory—no conflicting clinical responsibilities are scheduled.

PGY 1-5 (PGY-1 last 6 months) residents spend Wednesday mornings towards dedicated academic conferences which are held at both Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Rutgers Otolaryngology Departmental Grand Rounds held in Newark, NJ. Each participating institution provides unique educational opportunities for the residents. The director and faculty strongly feel that an otolaryngology residency must provide an opportunity for the resident to experience the practice of the specialty in different institutional settings. The following types of institutions and practice have been identified and incorporated at the appropriate level into the resident educational program:

Breakdown of PGY 2-5 years

  1. SBMC -Hospital Based Practice 24months
  2. NBIMC -10 months
  3. MSK- 3 months clinical/1 month research
  4. New Jersey ENT and Facial PlasticSurgery 11 months
  5. Additional clinical research 2 months

All academic and clinical activities are organized to provide each resident with a progressive educational experience. Therefore, each rotation offers significant educational opportunities designed to fulfill the individual goals for the residency year. As per the requirements of the ACGME, the PGY-1 year includes 1 month rotations in anesthesiology, plastic surgery, neurological surgery, intensive care unit and 2 months of General Surgery. The remaining six months of structured education are spent on the General Otolaryngology /Head and Neck Team at SBMC, NBIMC, and NJ ENT/Facial Plastic Associates. During the PGY-2 to 3 year, rotations include inpatient care through SBMC and at NBIMC. Outpatient clinics are rotated through NBIMC (Pediatric Otolaryngology) and NJ ENT/Facial Plastic Associates. The PGY-4 year is structured to provide an environment wherein new questions are invited and past concepts challenged through organized scientific methods. The residents attend a 3 month rotation through Memorial Sloan Kettering Center. Finally, PGY-5 residents cultivate the skills necessary to become leaders in the hospital community through rotations at SBMC, NBIMC ,and NJ ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery acting as Chief Resident..

Didactic experiences include weekly grand rounds with the Rutgers Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck surgery. Monthly faculty lectures are presented to the residents following topics covered in the ABO core curriculum. The residents participate monthly in Head and Neck Tumor board, M&M , and Quality Improvement Conferences. Further self-directed learning resident takes form as a chapter review club and participation in the AAO-HNS Home Study Course. The educational conferences the residents attend during their 5 years of training are as follows:

  • PGY 2-5
  • Rutgers NJMS Endoscopic Sinonasal and Skull Base Anatomy Course
  • Rutgers NJMS Bi-Annual Facial Reconstruction and Soft Tissue Surgery Course
  • PGY 3
  • Indiana University Annual Anatomy and Histopathology of the Head, Neck and Temporal Bone
  • PGY 4
  • Stryker Advanced Resident Antero-Lateral Skull Bases Approaches Course
  • PGY 5
  • Stryker Advanced Resident Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Course
  • The Osler Institute Otolaryngology Board Review
  • Semi-annual Plastic Surgical Symposiums at SBMC

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