Program Structure


When at Georgetown, on Thursday mornings, residents attend Grand Rounds, tumor board conferences, basic science lectures (during the summer months), COCLIA (Comprehensive Otolaryngologic Curriculum Learning through Interactive Approach) and monthly morbidity and mortality conferences. 

On Tuesday evenings, monthly resident study sessions, including basic sciences, journal club, pathology conference, and radiology conference take place.  Preoperative conferences take place weekly on Friday mornings.  Otology case conferences are held quarterly and a temporal bone conference and lecture series is held throughout the year for the PGY-2 residents.  Biweekly, residents and the program director meet informally to discuss educational aspects of the training program and to identify and resolve any problems that arise.  In addition, residents attend additional sinus and temporal bone courses to supplement their training during their residency.

In addition, residents complete a 4-month research block in their PGY-3 year, described on the Research page.

Grand Rounds

The schedule on Thursday mornings consists of a forty-five minute resident presentation, which is an update on his or her research or on outside studies, followed by an hour-long faculty or guest faculty presentation for Grand Rounds.


COCLIA - Comprehensive Otolaryngologic Curriculum Learning through Interactive Approach - is a weekly program attended by residents and faculty. For more information on COCLIA, visit the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s website.

Thursdays,  10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Otolaryngology Conference Room 
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Otology Conference

Otology conference is a quarterly conference where interesting otology and neuro-otology cases are discussed. The format is case presentation by resident or private attending. Dr. Jeffrey Kim moderates these sessions.

Mondays, 6:30 p.m. 
Martin Marietta Conference Room 
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Journal Club

Journal club is held on Wednesday evenings on a quarterly basis. Articles are distributed by e-mail two weeks prior to the designated date.

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. 
Otolaryngology Conference Room 
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Annual Events

ORL Boot Camp

Georgetown hosted the 7th Annual ORL Emergencies Boot Camp in July under the leadership of Sonya Malekzadeh, MD. Thirteen residency programs from all over the Mid-Atlantic region sent over 40 residents to attend the one day course. Our residents found the course extremely helpful and a great crash course before their first otolaryngology year.

Annual Dissection Courses

We offer a unique opportunity to our residents and rotating medical students with hands on experiences during summer basic science. Through the leadership of our faculty, our department holds annual dissection courses for our residency program in a variety of sub specialties.  

This year's courses: Sinus Dissection Course, Temporal Bone Dissection Course, Bovine Laryngeal Dissection Course, Head & Neck Dissection Course, Trauma Dissection Course.

Roy B. Sessions Lecture

The Eighth annual Roy B. Sessions Lecture was held on Friday, June 17th, 2016. This year’s distinguished guest speaker was Lucian Sulica, MD. Dr. Sulica is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and the first Georgetown Otolaryngology Resident Alumni to return as a Sessions Day speaker. Dr. Sulica was trained during the height of Dr Sessions’ tenure here and his career has been exemplary for all Georgetown residents and alumni. Dr. Sulica is currently the Sean Parker Chair of Laryngology, Professor of Otorhinolaryngology, and the Director of the Sean Parker Institute for the Voice at Weill Cornell Medical College. His clinical expertise lies in the treatment of voice disorders, including care of the performing voice. He has a special interest in both medical and surgical treatment of vocal cord problems like polyps, cysts, nodules and scar, and in neurologic voice disorders, including vocal cord (or fold) paresis and paralysis and spasmodic dysphonia. His lecture was on current concepts in vocal fold paralysis. 

The seventh annual Roy B. Sessions Lecture was held on Friday, June 12th, 2015. This year’s distinguished guest speaker was F. Chris Holsinger, MD. Dr. Holsinger is a head and neck surgeon engaged in multidisciplinary clinical trials research, as well as surgical innovation.   As a Fulbright Dr. Holsinger coordinated the multicenter study to investigate the role of transoral robotic surgery for oropharyngeal cancer and currently serves as the principal investigator of RTOG1221, a novel randomized phase II-b clinical trial of robotic surgery for HPV-negative oropharyngeal cancer.  Dr. Holsinger also co-directs surgeon credentialing for this trial and for the companion clinical trial for HPV-positive tumors. Currently, he leads the Head and Neck Oncology Cancer Care Program at Stanford University.