Welcome to the Otolaryngology Residency Program

Welcome to the Otolaryngology Residency Program

Hello and welcome to the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Virginia!

We take great pride in our residents and our residency program, and we invite you to learn all you can about the program through our website.  If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at bwk2n@virginia.edu.Kesser2

A few bullet points for residents:

  • We accept 3 applicants/year
  • 5 year program
  • PGY-1 year carries 3 months of OTO, plus one month each of Neurosurgery, Emergency Department, Anesthesia, and a critical care unit, plus 5 months of General Surgery, per the Otolaryngology RRC requirements
  • 4 protected months of research in the PGY-3 year
  • Rotations on the 4 services within the Department:  Head and Neck, Facial Plastics/Sinus, Otology, and Pediatrics
  • Chief year (PGY-5) has 4 continuous months on the Head and Neck, Facial Plastics/ Sinus, and Otology teams allowing for excellent continuity of care and a more in-depth clinical and operative experience

 

Our residents publish papers in the major Otolaryngology journals and present their research at local, regional, and national meetings, including the Annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (the “Academy” meeting), and the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM).

The faculty are deeply invested and engaged in the education of our residents.  It is our responsibility to assure that each resident is supervised appropriately in his/her patient care responsibilities.  The clinical responsibilities for each resident are based on PGY-level, patient safety, resident education, severity and complexity of patient illness/condition, and available support services.  As the resident matures in the program, we afford progressive authority and responsibility in the clinic and the OR and conditional independence in accordance with the Otolaryngology RRC and American Board of Otolaryngology requirements.  For more details about level of supervision, our Department’s Supervision policy is posted to this website.

We strive to train leaders – we want each resident to pursue a career in which he/she will be happy, stimulated, challenged, and gratified.  Whether the resident chooses private practice or academic Otolaryngology, we hope to instill a sense of giving back and being a leader – in the local hospital, in the community, in the Department, or in the Medical Center. 

One thing I think our residency program does extremely well is to set the resident up for success after residency – whether that entails private practice, fellowship, or academic medicine.  Our residents have been accepted the best fellowships in the country – University of Iowa for Head and Neck (3), House Ear Clinic, University of Minnesota for Facial Plastics (2), Adelaide, Australia (PJ Wormald) for Rhinology, and many others.    

We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/) and match 3 applicants each year through the National Resident Match Program (NRMP; www.nrmp.org).  Applications are reviewed (about 350 each year!), and from those, we invite about 40-45 applicants to the Department for an interview.  Invitations to interview will be sent electronically at the end of October.  Interviews are conducted in early to mid-December.

We invite you to take a good look at UVA for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and we look forward to hearing from you in the future.

 

Bradley W. Kesser, MD

Residency Program Director