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The Department of Otolaryngology offers a five-year residency program that is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education designed to prepare physician specialists to carry on the Rush tradition of caring, innovation and skill. The training program accepts one resident each year selected from among hundreds of qualified applicants.

The Rush University Otolaryngology Residency Program is a rigorous well-rounded program. Graduates are prepared to function as General Otolaryngologists with outstanding surgical and diagnostic skills. They function comfortably within the health care system, are excellent at self-directed learning, and are devoted to excellence in patient care. They embrace their role as a member of a tight-knit team and develop excellent interpersonal skills and relationships.

The program prides itself in providing a diverse and challenging education in all areas of Otolaryngology to include Head and Neck Oncology, Rhinology, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology and Facial Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery. Residents have the opportunity and are expected to participate in the research activities of the Department. Approximately one-half of the graduates develop focused interest that evolves into the pursuit of subspeciality fellowships.

Approximately 250 applications are reviewed each year of which approximately 26 are typically granted interviews. Invited applicants have excellent credentials from LCME approved medical schools. All are in the upper ranks of their medical school classes, are well-rounded and have scored well on the USLME Step I and Step II testing. Most applicants demonstrate interest in the field through participation in otolaryngology research while in medical school. Applicants who appear on our rank order list demonstrate superb interpersonal skills during the interview and a sincere interest in our program.

Thomas J. Nielsen, MD
Program Director

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