Residency Program Overview

8The University of North Carolina Otolaryngology Residency Program is ACGME accredited for four residents per postgraduate year. It is structured to include five years of training in Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. A major strength of our residency program lies in the diverse expertise and interests of our faculty combined with the high clinical volume that goes along with “being the public, academic medical center operated by and for the people of North Carolina”.

The Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery has a number of laboratories pursuing front-line research that impact all areas of our specialty. Each resident in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery is required to design and carry out a research project. Many have chosen to undertake their projects within the laboratories in the Department, while others have chosen to work in related disciplines under guidance of a faculty member. The quality of resident research has been consistently high, resulting in numerous awards and publications.

The research track program is a seven-year program, sponsored by an NIH T-32 training grant and is designed for the applicant interested in an expanded research career in academic Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. Each year, one of our four residents is selected for the research track via a separate match. After a surgical internship year, this program provides two years of protected laboratory time. Following research years, the resident returns to clinical duties and complete the Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery residency.