In addition to clinical experiences, regularly scheduled didactic teaching conferences occur on a two year rotation, divided into the following series:
- Pediatric/ General Otolaryngology
- Plastic and Facial Trauma
- Head and Neck Cancer
These core conferences are held weekly on Tuesday afternoons, and are led by the clinical faculty. The residents also meet on their own on Friday mornings and discuss selected book chapters, patient of the month CD’s or preparation for the In-Service exam in the Spring.
Additional regularly scheduled didactic sessions provide for additional educational opportunities and include: head and neck tumor conference, morbidity and mortality conference, journal club and grand rounds. Each resident is expected to prepare and present a scientific grand rounds lecture once a year.
The residents participate in the comprehensive Home Study course offered by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and also are required to sit for the annual in-service examinations sponsored by the American Academy of Otolaryngology. The residency program is proud of the scores obtained by the residents on this annual exam, and boasts a 100% pass rate on the national board certification at graduation.
The MCLI " J. Roland Folse, MD SIU Surgical Skills Center" was founded in 1998 and is nationally recognized as a leader in resident education. As an intern you will spend several afternoons during the first few months gaining procedural experience in a low stress environment on a wide array of surgical skills including but not limited to instrument tying, one/two handed knot tying, vascular anastomosis, chest tubes, central lines, and splinting. You will continue to use this space throughout your residency program, including a week long temporal bone dissection course.
During the Otolaryngology residency, the division funds attendance for the PGY 2-5 residents to attend at least one national Otolaryngology conference, such as the AAO-HNS Annual Academy Meeting.
From 2013's new resident intake, Ipads will be provided for use by all residents during their residency. Ipads will be returned to the school on completion of the program.