Rotations


Chief resident, Dr. Caroline Rieger, and facial plastics attending, Dr. Mike Reilly find time for a quick selfie on a busy OR day.

Rotation Schedule

PGY-1:
Our PGY-1s spend six months on the ENT service. Four months are spent at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and two months are spent at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The remainder of intern year involves rotations in Trauma Surgery, Surgical Intensive Care, Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Anesthesia, Neuroradiology, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

PGY-2:
Our PGY-2s spend six months at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, four months at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and two months at Children’s National Medical Center. The PGY-2 experience is centered around pediatric otolaryngology and rhinology with additional exposure to laryngology and head and neck surgery.

PGY-3:
Our PGY-3s enjoy a four month dedicated research block, four months at the DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and four months at MedStarr Georgetown University Hospital. The four months at the VA are shared with one of the chief residents, and residents gain ample hands-on experience in all aspects of the field. The four months at Georgetown are primarily concentrated on advanced rhinology and skull base surgery with additional exposure to laryngology and head and neck surgery.

PGY-4:
Our PGY-4s spend eight months at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and four months at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The PGY-4 year is heavily concentrated in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, head and neck surgery, and otology/neurotology.

PGY-5:
Our PGY-5s spend four months at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, four months at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and four months at the DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The PGY-5 year is heavily concentrated in head and neck surgery.

Our Hospitals

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
With a 609-licensed bed hospital and over 1,100 physicians, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital represents one of the largest healthcare delivery networks in the area. This facility is a tertiary referral hospital and is the center of most academic activity. Adjacent to the hospital is the Lombardi Cancer Center, one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers.

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is consistently ranked among the best in the nation, and one of the specialty areas in which we’ve been ranked highly in recent years includes otolaryngology. The faculty practice offices, the departmental and residency administration offices, and resident call room are located on the first floor of the Gorman Building.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a large community hospital located in the center of the District of Columbia boasts the largest active bed number, greatest number of admissions, and busiest emergency room of any hospital in the metropolitan area. MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a Level I Trauma Center, and this provides residents with exposure to craniomaxillofacial trauma. Additionally, our residents serve as crucial members of the Code Critical Airway team at WHC, which allows for significant resident exposure to acute airway scenarios and their management.

The case mix at MedStar Washington Hospital Center provides resident experience in head and neck surgery, otology and lateral skull base surgery, laryngology, endoscopy, and general otolaryngology. The location of the hospital in central D.C. results in a large clinic population. The Ear, Nose, and Throat clinic allows for ample experience in outpatient otolaryngology and continuity of care.

Veterans Affairs Medical Center
The DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a tertiary care facility that provides acute general and specialized services. The hospital houses 158 acute beds and offers long-term care treatment in the 120-bed Comprehensive Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (CNRC). The Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Washington, D.C. is a major component of the program. It allows for additional hands-on experience in all aspects of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

This rotation allows for greater independence in clinical management while continuing attending oversight and instruction as appropriate. A major component of the clinical experience at Veterans Affairs Medical Center is the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of patients with head and neck cancer. Other clinical opportunities at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center include facial plastic surgery, general otolaryngology, and endoscopy.

Children’s National Medical Center
Children’s National Medical Center is the only health system in the region dedicated exclusively to the healthcare of children. With 279 inpatient beds, CNMC is a leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

Our residents rotate at CNMC for 2 months during their PGY-2 year. The primary goals of this rotation are for residents to develop solid clinical skills in the management of pediatric general otolaryngologic, pediatric head and neck, and otologic diseases. During this rotation, residents interact with the otolaryngology residents from Walter Reed and George Washington University and the CNMC pediatric otolaryngology fellows.