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Otolaryngology Residency (Minnesota)

Program Description

The Otolaryngology Residency Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester provides superior surgical and medical training, which features a unique mentorship/apprenticeship system.

This five-year residency prepares you for either private practice or academic medicine by learning 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

In addition, our Clinician-Investigator Training Program gives you the option of obtaining a master's degree in biomedical science through a year of fully funded research experience.

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

You will be trained in all areas of otolaryngology during this residency. Mayo Clinic does not offer specialty fellowship training in otolaryngology, so as not to detract from your surgical experience.

Program and Graduate Outcomes
The most important sign of the success of any training program is how its graduates fare after they begin their careers. Since 1981, all of our graduates have successfully passed their oral and written board exams.

Of the residents trained in Mayo Clinic's Otolaryngology Residency Program over the past decade, approximately 50 percent directly entered private or group practice. Another 25 percent entered academic positions. The remaining 25 percent pursued subspecialty fellowship training in areas such as facial plastic/reconstructive surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, otology/neurotology and head and neck oncology.

Board Passage Rates and Average Scores
Residents of our program have a 100 percent passage rate on their exams taken with the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Residents from our department have received multiple national and international awards, including resident travel grants, academy basic science and clinical science awards, and awards from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Rhinologic Society, and the Triological Society for presentation of innovative research.

The Otolarygology Residency is accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education.

When you successfully complete the Otolaryngology Residency Program, you will be able to take the Otolaryngology Certification Exam offered by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Program History
The Otolaryngology Residency Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester was established in 1908 and approximately 280 residents have completed their training in this program. It is anticipated that going forward, four trainees will complete this program annually.

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