HCP office

Dear Residency Candidates:

I am pleased you are considering the Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery residency program at the University of North Carolina. The program combines the rich academic tradition of the oldest State University in the country with state-of-the-art patient care in a department nationally recognized for leadership in teaching and research.

North Carolina has a strong, continuing commitment to otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, as evidenced by our primary location in the Neurosciences Hospital and our generous state support for cochlear implantation. Our department has had a reciprocal agreement with our state; we graduate fantastic otolaryngology/head and neck surgeons who have furthered our mission across the United States as leaders in education and research at academic institutions throughout the country.

We play a vital role in the medical school curriculum by educating our first year students in anatomy, our second year students in physical diagnosis, our third year students in clinical otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, and our fourth year students as acting interns. We have just received a prestigious training grant from the National Institutes of Health to give a two-year training opportunity to at least one resident annually. The support that the NIH has given us for resident as well as student research has been quite gratifying to our faculty, who spend a tremendous amount of time in educational endeavors.

We are very pleased that you are interested in our program. With its beautiful, historic campus, its small-town atmosphere, and convenient access to many cultural and recreational opportunities, it is easy to see why Chapel Hill is known as “the Southern Part of Heaven.” Everyone in our department is committed to providing you with the best possible clinical training with ample opportunity to develop your skills for your career. My colleagues and I welcome the opportunity to show you what we have to offer for this crucial next phase of your medical training.

Harold C. Pillsbury, MD
Thomas J. Dark Distinguished Professor
Chair, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

Introduction to the residency program

The Resident Training Program in UNC Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery is structured to develop a mature Academic Otolaryngologist-Head & Neck surgeon with extensive clinical and research experience. 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 objectives of the residency training program in Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at the University of North Carolina are to train a competent professional with experience, knowledge and an understanding of all aspects of the field. The program is five years in duration and we have an alternative career path of seven years with two of those years in the lab supported by an NIH T32 Training Grant. During the five years of training, the resident becomes trained in all aspects of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery.

Our graduates have great success obtaining fellowship training in the various sub disciplines of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery as well as positions in academic and private practice. Thus, continuing our tradition of developing leaders in the field of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery.