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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 – Head and Neck Surgery
  • Instructor: Nazaneen E. Grant, MD
  • Contact: Magalie Middeke (Program Coordinator) at
  • Locations: 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 MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and also do a one-week rotation at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The rotation provides the student with a broad exposure to both the clinical and surgical aspects of the specialty through work with specialists in pediatrics, rhinology, plastic/reconstructive surgery, otology/skull base surgery, laryngology, 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 third-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 fourth-year elective is open to visiting students who are considering Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery as their career. Each four-week block has a maximum of four students. Georgetown medical students are given priority over visiting students until six weeks before the start date of the rotation.

Georgetown students wishing to do this elective need to have filled out our departmental application (see link below) AND need to meet with Dr. Grant (ENT Clerkship Director) in person.

Visiting students wishing to do this elective need to submit TWO applications – one through our department, (see link below) which is available now, and ADDITIONALLY apply on the VSAS/VSLO system. The VSAS/VSLO system will not open until April 1, 2024, however you can complete the departmental application now using the link below.

To apply, please fill the application in the link below, and send a copy of your CV to Magalie Middeke, our Program Coordinator,

If you are interested in engaging in research within our department, please click here to complete our research form.

Note: The VSLO application for Georgetown University is expected to open April 1, 2024. 

2024 Georgetown 4th Year Block Schedule:

Block 1: 7/1/24 – 7/28/24

Block 2: 7/29/24 – 8/25/24

Block 3: 8/26/24 – 9/22/24

Block 4: 9/23/24 – 10/20/24

Medstar Georgetown University Hospital Diversity Scholarship

The Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery is offering up to $1,500 away rotation scholarships to students of diverse backgrounds. We embrace diversity in our residency, our faculty, and our community. We understand that an inclusive academic program will enrich our learning environment and improve care of the patients we serve. As a department, we are committed to developing a diverse physician work force by supporting members of all ages, ethnicities, genders, races, religions, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds pursuing Otolaryngology. Students may use this scholarship to offset any expenses that are associated with participating in our fourth-year medical student away rotation, which is a four-week elective rotation

Grant Eligibility

  • Fourth year medical student in good academic standing at an LCME-accredited, allopathic medical school.
  • Complete a formal application through VSLO (formerly VSAS).
  • Complete a departmental application, a link to which is on our fourth-year away elective website.

Pediatric Otolaryngology: OTOL-502

  • Department: Otolaryngology
  • Instructor: Earl Harley, 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.