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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