Otolaryngology Residency

The Rush Otorhinolaryngology Residency has been approved to increase its size to two residents per year beginning July 1st, 2018!


Our five-year, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education–accredited program in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery prepares residents to practice otolaryngology in the Rush University Medical Center tradition of caring, innovation and excellence.

Our residents develop outstanding surgical and diagnostic skills under the personalized attention and guidance of faculty dedicated to their success. Our program offers diverse and challenging learning opportunities in all areas of otorhinolaryngology. The subspecialties of otology, head and neck surgery, rhinology and skull base surgery, laryngology, sleep, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, and pediatric otolaryngology are represented in our program’s core faculty. Residents also get experience with transoral robotic surgery, or TORS, minimally invasive skull base surgery and microvascular reconstruction of the head and neck (free-flap surgery).

Training focuses on the art and science of medicine, honing technical competence as well as effective interpersonal and communication skills. Graduates of the Otolaryngology Residency are well-prepared to provide excellent patient care as part of a multidisciplinary team, whether they practice as general otolaryngologists or pursue fellowship training.

Description of program

All training occurs at Rush University Medical Center, except for an intern trauma rotation at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Residents spend at least one half-day per week in clinic, including significant exposure to subspecialists’ clinics. Residents also have designated academic/reading time on a weekly basis. Research blocks are scheduled in the PG2 and PG4 years to give residents protected time to work on research.

First year

In the first year of training, interns rotate in general surgery, trauma surgery at Stroger Hospital, pediatric surgery, surgical ICU, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, anesthesiology, neuroradiology and otolaryngology. While on the otolaryngology service, the intern rotates on pediatric and general otolaryngology rotations. Interns on a professional track will complete course work during this year.
Second year Second-year residents do rotations in general/laryngology/sleep and rhinology. During the PG2 year residents have their first protected three month block for research.
Third year Third-year residents do rotations in pediatric otolaryngology, otology, general/laryngology/sleep, and head and neck.
Fourth year Fourth-year residents do rotations in rhinology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, and trauma. During the PG4 year, residents have their second protected three month block to work on research, PSQI, or educational track projects.
Fifth year Fifth year residents do rotations in otology and head and neck surgery.
Six months are set aside for elective rotations to allow residents to prepare for their future careers. Electives include:
  • Advanced Microlaryngeal Surgery
  • Advanced Sleep Surgery
  • Community Otolaryngology
  • Intro to Advanced Skull Base Surgery
  • Intro to Neurotology
  • Intro to Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS)
  • Microvascular Reconstruction
  • Research

Team approach

The otolaryngology service is split into two teams based on the resident rotation schedule, with two residents on one team assigned to patients treated by the head and neck, rhinology and skull base, and plastic and reconstructive faculty and two residents on a second team assigned to patients treated by the general otolaryngology, sleep, laryngology, otology and pediatrics faculty. When on otolaryngology rotations, the intern is also be assigned to a team. This team structure facilitates communication among faculty, residents and physician assistants about patient care. This also ensures that as residents move between teams throughout each year, they have opportunities to work closely with all faculty in the department and gain consistent exposure to subspecialty faculty.

How to apply

The Rush Otolaryngology program has been approved to increase the size of its program to two residents per year beginning July 1, 2018. We will fill two spots in the 2018 NRMP Match.

We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service, or ERAS, and National Resident Matching Program, or NRMP.

Please submit the following via ERAS for consideration by October 1, 2017:

  • ERAS application
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • U.S. Medical Licensing Examination Step I score
  • USMLE Step II CK score (if available)

Interviews are granted by invitation. Interview dates for 2017-18 are November 18, December 9 and January 6.

Invited applicants typically have excellent credentials from LCME-accredited medical schools, are in the upper ranks of their medical school classes, are well rounded and scored well on the USLME Step I and Step II tests. Many demonstrate interest in the field through participation in otolaryngology research while in medical school and demonstrate superb interpersonal skills during the interview.

Qualified applicants must be able to secure temporary and eventually permanent licensure in Illinois.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact Liz Carter, Senior Residency Coordinator.

Liz Carter
Senior Residency Coordinator
1611 W. Harrison St., Suite 550
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 563-4409