Senior medical student clerks in otorhinolaryngology spend each week on a consultant's service assisting in the workup of patients in the clinic and attending surgery at Mayo Clinic hospital. On Monday mornings, they participate in the weekly otolaryngology conference. Presentations of library studies on diseases related to patients seen in the clinic are required.
- Learn the essentials of the otolaryngologic head and neck history and examination.
- Gain experience with applied surgical anatomy of the head and neck.
- Develop an approach to problem solving for patients with ear, nose and throat complaints.
- Gain insight into the scope and activity of the field of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery.
On surgery days, students attend rounds at Mayo Clinic hospital. Students also attend surgery where they participate as second assistants. They are required to attend the clinic to help work up new patients and observe others, and to present findings to the consultant in otolaryngology for review.
Method of evaluation
Members of the consulting staff grade students based on day-to-day performance and presentation.