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 Monday afternoons, and are led by the clinical faculty. The residents also meet on their own on Friday mornings and discuss selected book chapters and/or articles in 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 have access to BoardVitals ENT and the Osler course and are required to sit for the annual in-service examination sponsored by the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. 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.