House Staff Training
There are approximately 34 beds available to Otolaryngology patients at the three hospitals. Our clinics see more than 20,000 patients per year, and manage full O. R. schedules at all three hospitals.
PGY-1 Rotations (Surgical Internship)
The first year of our program is dedicated entirely to general surgery training. The rotations during this year are jointly determined by the Departments of Surgery and Otolaryngology. All are chosen with an eye toward the development of the young Otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon, and include rotations in Otolaryngology.
During this year, you will work to develop the specialized skills necessary to properly evaluate and manage otolaryngologic complaints and illnesses. As a junior resident, you are intimately involved in the day to day management of inpatients and in the outpatient clinics. You will be given the opportunity to perform appropriate surgery under supervision and assist at more complex operations. Your operative experience progresses systematically as you advance through the program. You are also required to attend our comprehensive Basic Science course.
You will now be introduced to the basic skills required to perform endoscopic evaluation of diseases of the upper aerodigestive tract. Training at this level includes instruction in the use of CO2 and KTP lasers in the endoscopic treatment of pathology in the upper airway. All residents are required to begin a research project in the third year during a 4-month research rotation. This must be accepted for publication prior to the completion of the residency.
This year of the program emphasizes the development of the microsurgical skills necessary for the management of otologic disease. You will attend the Otology Clinic where otologic pathology is identified and management plans are instituted. Residents at this level also begin their training in plastic surgical techniques appropriate for the modern otolaryngologist. Experience is obtained in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, as well as in the management of patients suffering maxillofacial trauma. Also included in this year is a rotation as the chief resident for the Manhattan VA. On this rotation you gain initial experience in running a patient service and surgical experience in the breadth of otolaryngology.
PGY-5 Rotations (Chief Year)
This is the chief residency year at Tisch, Bellevue and Lenox Hill hospitals. You will be responsible for the instruction of junior residents and medical students, as well as for the day-to-day management of their respective services at each of the constituent hospitals. At this point, you will have full operating room privileges at Bellevue and can operate independently. You will also be asked to attend the Department's Head and Neck Clinics. Your operative experience will emphasize the treatment of neoplastic disease of the head and neck region, as well as endoscopic sinus surgery.