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Junior Clerkship (3rd Year)

The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery provides a variety of programs to medical students. Clinical conferences on selected topics correlated with basic science instruction are given in the pre-clinical curriculum. Third-year students may select a two-week clerkship in the department as partial fulfillment of the six-week requirement in the surgical subspecialties. During this clerkship, students participate in a broad range of otolaryngology services, including surgical, inpatient, and outpatient management. Specialized skills in head and neck physical examination will be stressed.

Senior Clerkships (4th Year)

Otolaryngology Acting Internship Elective: OTOL-500

  • Department: Otolaryngology
  • Instructor: Nazaneen Grant, MD
  • Contact: Nazaneen Grant, MD at 
  • Location: Georgetown University Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Duration: Four weeks
  • Max Students: 4 students/block
  • Description:
    The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery offers a four-week acting internship elective to fourth year medical students. Students spend the majority of their time at Georgetown University Hospital and also rotate through the Washington Hospital Center and the DC VA.

    The rotation provides acting interns with a broad exposure to both the clinical and surgical aspects of the specialty through collaboration with specialists in pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck surgical oncology, rhinology and skull base surgery, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, otology and lateral skull base surgery, laryngology, facial trauma, and general otolaryngology. Students assist in the operating room and work with the attending staff and residents in clinic to gain experience in performing complete head and neck examinations, obtaining focused histories, and formulating differential diagnoses and treatment plans. Leadership and teaching skills in guiding 3rd year medical students on the team are also encouraged. Students take part in inpatient rounds, and under direct faculty and resident supervision, share in the responsibility of caring for hospitalized patients. At the end of the rotation, the students give an in-depth presentation on a topic in the field of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

The Otolaryngology Acting Internship elective is open to visiting students who are considering Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery as their career. Each 4-week block has a maximum of 4 students. Our Department intentionally caps the number of students per block to ensure that each student is able to maximize his or her experience. Georgetown medical students are given priority over visiting students until 6 weeks before the start date of the rotation. All acting interns are interviewed by the Department at the end of the rotation, and this serves as their formal interview for consideration for residency candidacy. 

Visiting students are asked to submit a departmental application via email (please see below). Visiting students must additionally apply on the VSLO system. Unfortunately, we can only accommodate students currently enrolled in a US medical school (M.D. Program) for formal acting internship 4-week positions. The Georgetown dates for 4-week blocks are listed below.

To apply, please fill the application in the link below, and send a copy of your CV to Megan Nelson, our Program Administrator,

Note: The VSLO application for Georgetown University is expected to open April 1, 2019. 

2019 Georgetown 4th Year Block Schedule:

  • Block 1: 7/8/19/-8/04/19
  • Block 2: 8/5/19-9/01/19
  • Block 3: 9/2/19-9/29/19
  • Block 4: 9/30/19-10/27/19

Pediatric Otolaryngology: OTOL-502

  • Department: Otolaryngology
  • Instructor: Earl Harley, MD and Greg Milmoe, MD
  • Contact: Nazaneen Grant, MD at 
  • Location: Georgetown University Hospital 
  • Duration: Four Weeks
  • Max Students: 1 student/block
  • Description:
    The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery offers an elective that concentrates exposure in the field of pediatric otolaryngology. This rotation is best for students planning to pursue pediatrics or family practice with a desire to deepen their knowledge and perfect their examination skills for head and neck problems in children.

    Particularly emphasized are careful examination of the ear, management of chronic otitis media and hearing loss, evaluation of obstructive sleep and feeding problems, indications for tonsil surgery, management of congenital disorders of the head and neck, and special consideration for syndromic patients.

    The student will work with two fellowship-trained faculty members as well as the resident team, and exposure to audiology is also available. A range of experience is offered in outpatient clinics at Georgetown and at a satellite location in Maryland. In addition, the student will be able to participate in surgery and with the care of hospitalized patients. At the conclusion of the elective, the student will be responsible for a short presentation on a topic in pediatric otolaryngology of his or her choice.

Interested students should email the contact above. Rotations are generally offered in the spring semester. Students who would like to pursue otolaryngology as a field are encouraged to apply for the General Otolaryngology Acting Internship, OTOL-500.