Our educational philosophy is based on highly interactive teaching and feedback with progressive responsibility. The program integrates academics and patient care while maintaining a dedicated academic day. Our residents experience wide exposure and are trained in all aspects of otolaryngology.
The primary experience is gained at NMCSD though rotations in our various otolaryngology services. To ensure a broad spectrum of clinical experience, residents also rotate at Rady Children’s Hospital, Kaiser Permanente of San Diego and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
The department sponsors academic conferences, didactics and interactive training every Friday. This day includes our preoperative and postoperative conferences as well as additional learning activities including core didactic lectures, interactive seminars, multidisciplinary tumor board, morbidity and mortality conference, anatomy/temporal bone dissection laboratory, journal club, head and neck radiology case conferences, grand rounds with the University of California, San Diego Otolaryngology Department, and pediatric grand rounds with the Rady Children’s Hospital Otolaryngology Department. In addition to clinical rotations, we offer our residents additional courses including the American Academy of Otolaryngology Allergy Basic Course, temporal bone courses, microvascular surgery courses and airway management courses.
All residents are expected to develop a research project under faculty mentorship. The design of the residency rotation schedule provides protected time to develop research skills and successfully take a project from a question or idea to a completed product. Our residents and faculty routinely present their projects at national conferences. In addition to our local faculty, the department has relationships with a variety of other academic centers across the country.