Program Schedule and Didactic Offerings

Here's how the 5 years you spend with us might look like:

PGY-1: Intern year

  • 6 months ENT
  • 1 month each: SICU, Anesthesia, ER, Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Ophthalmology

PGY-2: Junior year

  • Clinics with attending; OR 2-3 times per week
  • Rotate through 4 services for ~3 mo each: general, laryngology, otology, and head & neck
  • Home call that is Q4 on average; includes 2 weekends a month (either Fri/Sun or Sat)
  • 4 wks vacation

PGY-3: Junior year

  • 2 months away rotation in Orlando with the only Pediatric Otolaryngology group in town
  • 4 wks vacation
  • Otherwise same as PGY-2 year

PGY-4: Senior year

  • More OR time; less clinics with attendings
  • Rotate through the 4 services + facial plastics / Mohs reconstruction
  • 3 months research time off-service (but still on call)
  • Administrative responsibilities include weekly chapter review and dissection course planning
  • Back-up call from home + first call @ West Bloomfield Hospital

PGY-5: Chief year

  • Continuity clinic 1 day/wk all year with your own cases
  • Resident plastics clinic
  • Otherwise same as PGY-4 year

Didactic Offerings

Every Wed AM there is protected time for didactic education:

  • 7 AM – Grand Rounds lecture, often involving faculty from other departments in Henry Ford or other institutions. Residents are expected to give 2 Grand Rounds lectures per year.
  • 8 AM – Secondary lecture, usually given by a department faculty member or other department. Once a month, we do our M&M at this time. We also attend Skull Base Conference and intermittent Pathology Reviews in this time slot.
  • 9 AM – Chapter review, Sinonasal Conference, Skull Base conference, or Research Conference

Every Fri AM there is the Multidisciplinary Head & Neck Tumor Board Conference. We are responsible for presenting the patients to the other members of the board each week, and recording the treatment plans. Patients are often seen later that morning to review the tumor board recommendations.

Journal Club is held every other month. We usually discuss 4 articles from different subspecialties within the field as well as a 5th article on teaching or learning. Junior residents present the basics of each article; senior residents comment; faculty then comment also. This is usually held at a restaurant in the Metro Detroit area.

Dr. John Craig, the Division Chief of Rhinology, directs a 2-day annual endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery course every spring for the Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery residents. This course brings speakers from across the country and is both lecture-based and a hands-on cadaver dissection course. A resident dissection manual is provided to every resident to optimize their anatomic learning and to guide their lab dissections. State-of-the-art instrumentation is provided by various surgical instrument companies, making for an experience that simulates the operating room environment as closely as possible. In the link below is a summary video of the 2017 course, and pictures highlighting the lecture and lab setup.

The temporal bone & microvascular dissection lab is open 24 hours/day. There is an annual temporal bone dissection course held in Sep/Oct.

We have additional cadaver dissection courses throughout each year. Generally there are about 4 total courses a year, including the t-bone course. Areas of focus include trauma, sinus, microvascular, etc.

Resident Research Day happens in June every year. Each resident from PGY-2 to -5 gives a 15 mins presentation on a research project they have worked on that year. A new project is required each year. Awards are given each year, and a guest speaker also attends & presents.

Information for Applicants
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