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Residency Handbook

The purpose of this handbook is to provide Otolaryngology residents with an orientation and overview of the Otolaryngology ─ Head and Neck Surgery Training Program at SIU School of Medicine. This manual provides a competency-based set of educational goals and objectives, residency program guidelines, resident responsibilities, expectations, as well as institutional and program policies for the residents’ training The Residency Program is conducted under the Requirements established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) of which the Residency Review Committee (RRC) for Otolaryngology has direct responsibility for formulating policies for the organization and conduct of the Otolaryngology residency program.

Structure of the Residency Program

This is a five-year training program in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The PGY-1 year is designed to prepare residents for specialty education in otolaryngology. It consists of one month rotations in general surgery, neuro critical care, anesthesia, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, pediatric surgery and six months in otolaryngology. The remaining four years (PGY-2 ─ PGY-5) comprise specialty-specific training in otolaryngology including clinical and surgical training as well as a structured research experience. For purposes specific to the SIU Otolaryngology Residency program, a “Junior Resident” is defined as a resident in the second and third postgraduate years of training. A”Senior Resident” is a surgical resident in postgraduate year four. The “Chief Resident” is an individual in the final (fifth) year of Otolaryngology training.