Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery

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The Western Reserve Hospital Residency Program in Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery has been developed to conform to the requirements of the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the American Osteopathic Association Committee on Post-Doctoral Training. The program is designed to provide the basic requirements toward certification in ENT / facial plastic surgery. The WRH administration, Graduate Medical Education Department, and ENT/facial plastics faculty are committed to provide the necessary training and resources in the development of competent osteopathic specialists in general otolaryngology, head and neck surgery and orofacial plastic surgery.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the WRH ENT/FPS residency program is to develop a competent osteopathic physician, skilled in the practice of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, and orofacial plastic surgery by meeting or exceeding educational goals and objectives through the use of competency based, compassionate, patient-centered learning strategies. Clinical exposure to all age groups, along with instruction in text, journal, and electronic resources is accomplished throughout the 5 years. The ultimate goal of our training program is excellence in patient care, recognized by colleagues and patients alike.

General Program

Through innovative design, faculty commitment, and utilizing the best Northeast Ohio resources, WRH ENT/FPS residents develop efficient, comprehensive, diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills in a progressive fashion during their 5 years of training. Beginning with a surgical skills boot camp in the first week of residency, our ENT/FPS residents are taught to develop an understanding and correlation of laboratory procedures, radiological tests, pathological specimens, and nuclear departments. The program teaches the understanding of deviations from normal physiology in all phases of bodily function and body chemistry, including the application of osteopathic manipulative therapy in the practice of otorhinolaryngology.

Through early intra-operative participation, the first years of the WRH ENT/FPS program emphasize the study of anatomy, pathology (both gross and microscopic), physiology and physiological functions, and basic surgical techniques. This is accomplished through text, electronic, bedside, and simulation training. Procedures and skills, such as central lines, intubation, arterial lines, and chest tubes, are evaluated through videotaped human patient simulator labs until competence is evident. Each resident is then given the privilege to perform these procedures in the clinical setting. A new temporal bone laboratory is provided for resident proficiency in these procedures.

In the later years, exposure is gained in the office and operative suite as each resident progresses individually. Beginning with a nationally renowned basic sciences course in the 3rd year, the ENT/FPS Residency Program offers the opportunity to work with national leaders in Neurotology/Otology, Head and Neck Oncology/Reconstruction Surgery, and Temporal Bone Courses. Subspecialty rotations in pediatrics, office ENT, and orofacial plastic surgery compliment a strong in-house surgical experience. Each resident is required to participate in the annual AAO-HNS In-Service Examination, as well as the Home Study Course. Instruction in the use of CO2 as well as KTP/Yag Lasers is done during the third year of training. As resident competency is demonstrated, increased exposure and responsibility is given in both the operating room and patient care, until the final year, where the ENT/FPS chief resident is expected to further hone and develop his/her skills for future private practice.

The WRH ENT/FPS Overall Residency Program Goals and Objectives can be reviewed here.