What is OHNS?
Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery is the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Now considered surgical specialists, Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in both the medical and surgical management of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. Otolaryngologists usually spend equivalent amounts of time in the operating room and the clinic, yet have the unique opportunity to tailor their practices more heavily towards one or the other if desired.
What are some areas of subspecialization in OHNS?
What about the residency training?
The residency consists of 5 total years of training, with the first year consisting of:
- Six months in OHNS
- Six months in various rotations including Pediatric Surgery, Anesthesiology, Trauma and SICU
The numbers: In 2019, 328 positions were offered among 110 programs in the country of which all positions filled.
UNC’s OHNS Residency Program: Consistently rated as one of the top programs in the country, with fellowship-trained attendings in every OHNS subspecialty, cutting edge surgical procedures, and highly productive research within the department.
What Program Directors look for: We are looking for well-rounded, hard-working, self-motivated, and bright individuals with good interpersonal skills who also put a personal emphasis on patient care, teamwork, and a desire to contribute to the advancement of our specialty.
What can you do to prepare to match in OHNS?
- Schedule a time to meet and discuss/ask questions with, our career goal advisor, Rupali Shah, MD about anything regarding OHNS that you have. Please contact Ellen Doutt for an appointment, 919-966-3343.
- Get involved with the ENT Interest Group for various activities including shadowing opportunities to learn about our field.
- Sign up for OHNS clinical courses offered at UNC within your third and fourth years.
- Inquire about research opportunities within the department.