The residency educational program is multifaceted and comprehensive in nature with the principle goals of clinical and surgical competence, patient care, and success on the Otolaryngology Board Examination. To this point, dedicated time is reserved for resident education. Wednesday mornings begin with departmental grand rounds during which residents and invited guest faculty present on the salient topics in OTO-HNS. Additionally, the first grand rounds of every month are reserved for a multi-disciplinary thyroid conference featuring OTO-HNS, Endocrinology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiology.
The second hour of conference time is scheduled for a revolving monthly schedule consisting of journal club, mock oral boards, morbidity and mortality, and service management/research updates. The third hour has the residents participate in a weekly multi-disciplinary tumor board with OTO-HNS, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Pathology, Radiology, and Social Work/Case Management. Here all the disciplines are able to share their specific opinions and specialized knowledge in an open forum discussion concerning the care of the often complex head and neck oncology patients.
Following this, the morning continues with a faculty-run didactic curriculum covering all aspects of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Two hours of lecture time are designated every week, and the two year course curriculum is designed so that each resident will be exposed to the entire educational program twice during residency. Resident feedback ensures continuous improvement in this didactic program. Lastly, the morning finishes with combined OTO-HNS and Radiology conference where upcoming cases and their pertinent imaging are presented.
In addition to weekly educational conferences, a series of educational courses are scheduled throughout the five year residency program. Every year, PGY-2 residents participate in a six week head and neck anatomy review course. The course is moderated by the School of Medicine's Department of Anatomy and consists of lectures followed by cadaver dissections. During the PGY-3 year, residents are relieved of daytime clinical responsibilities for a temporal bone anatomy and surgical drilling course directed by faculty from Thomas Jefferson University and A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. Didactic sessions are followed by faculty-instructed dissection in our temporal bone lab. PGY-4's participate in an annual rhinoplasty and aging face conference. In addition, Dr. Pribitkin directs a yearly rhinoplasty and rhytidectomy cadaveric dissection in which residents of all levels participate. Lastly, annually, prior to the In-Training Exam, the Academic Chief Resident organizes a review course in the weeks leading up to the exam.
The Department also provides and sponsors the Home Study Course offered by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Additionally, all incoming residents are provided with the complete 4 volume Cumming’s Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery textbook.
William Keane, MD
Edmund Pribitkin, MD
Maurits Boon, MD
Associate Program Director