Program description

The Otolaryngology Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona provides superior surgical and medical training in all areas of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery.

This five-year residency prepares you for either private practice or academic medicine, as you learn with a board-certified staff that teaches management concepts in:

  • Otology
  • Rhinology
  • Laryngology
  • Endoscopy
  • Pediatric otolaryngology
  • Head and neck trauma
  • Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Head and neck oncology
  • Microvascular free tissue transfer

The Otolaryngology Residency uses a unique apprenticeship system in which residents are assigned to one or two Mayo staff consultants for three-month periods. This system allows the resident graduated responsibility and close supervision and interaction. The final year, you are a chief resident associate with complete responsibility for your own clinic and operative cases.

Mayo Clinic also offers a visiting medical student clerkship in otolaryngology.


The Otolaryngology Residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


When you successfully complete the Otolaryngology Residency, you will be able to take the otolaryngology certification exam offered by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Program history

The Otolaryngology Residency began in July 2006. Two trainees will complete this residency annually.

Created in 1987, the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery/Audiology at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona has matured into a head and neck tertiary care referral center in the Southwest.

June 20, 2014