Program Overview

The Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a fully ACGME accredited 5 year comprehensive training program. The program consists of 3 residents a year with a Otolaryngology based internship for the first year (PGY1). Rotations during the internship year include 6 months of Otolaryngology and 1 month each of Anesthesia, Neurosurgery, OMFS, Trauma, Limb & Wound Care, and SICU. The PGY-2 through PGY-5 years are divided amongst Georgetown University, the Washington Hospital Center, the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Children’s National Medical Center, and Sibley Hospital. 

Residents average between 1600 and 1800 cases by the end of their residency. During their time here residents are exposed to the breadth of Otolaryngology with excellent exposure to head and neck oncology, endocrine surgery, facial plastics, laryngology, and pediatrics. Approximately 2/3 of all residents have gone on to complete fellowship training in the areas of Facial Plastics, Head and Neck Cancer, Laryngology, Pediatrics, Rhinology, and Otology, and approximately half of these physicians have pursued academic careers. Fellowship placements are available for review.

In addition, there is a 4 month dedicated research block during the PGY-3 year, and residents are also expected to complete an annual research project. The Medstar Hospital system provides access to simulation lab training through the SITEL facility, which has been responsible for hosting an “Otolaryngology (ORL) Emergencies Boot Camp” for the past 3 summers. This one-day participatory course provides an experience to efficiently teach junior ORL residents basic emergency “on-call” skills. It features hands-on simulated emergency scenarios, airway management and epistaxis skill stations. and an interactive triage session. The goal is to provide an active format for new residents to acquire important skills and decision-making capabilities, and to build their confidence and ability as they start ORL training.

If you have any questions or would like further information about the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency Program, please contact:

Rochelle Osborne
Otolaryngology Residency Coordinator