Medical Student Education

When you train with our faculty, we’ll augment your understanding of otolaryngology, providing you with essential knowledge that you’ll tap throughout your career.

About ENT

Otolaryngology involves the medical and surgical management of patients with diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and the head and neck.

Specialities within otolaryngology that can be pursued after a general otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency include:

  • Otology/Neurotology
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Head and Neck
  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rhinology
  • Laryngology
  • Allergy

Anatomy Lab

An annual 5-week anatomy dissection course at the medical school is led by our faculty, and involves detailed study of the anatomical structures of the head and neck.

Summer Non-credit Course

In summer 2020 we are offering an online Otolaryngology non-credit course for medical students anywhere. Check the link for information about the 2020 curriculum and future offerings.

Elective Courses

Our electives let you pursue clinical and research experiences tailored to your interests.

OTO 809 Clerkship – Otolaryngology, 4 credits

The objective of this rotation is to give a broad spectrum of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and its related fields. The students will be exposed to techniques of information gathering, physical examinations, analysis of problems and practical approach to the solution of problems. They will also have direct exposure and clinical experience in physical examination.

Students should be able to recognize various disorders and diseases in the field of otolaryngology and to perform complete otolaryngologic and head and neck examinations. Students will be responsible for direct patient care.

Students must contact course coordinator for permission prior to registering.

Prerequisite: MS3 or MS4

Modules A-K  Blocks: 2-4 (not availble Block 1 for third year students)

Number of students:

Course Director: David Sherris, MD

Course Coordinator: Beverly Hurley

OTO 811 Clerkship in Head and Neck Surgery, 4 credits

The intent of this rotation is to familiarize the students with neoplasia and reconstructive procedures of the head and neck. Upon completion of the course, the students should be able to diagnose and manage neoplasia in head and neck and be responsible for direct patient care.

Students must contact course coordinator for availability and permission prior to registering.

Prerequisite: MS4 and successful completion of OTO 809

Modules: A-K

Number of students: 1; not to overlap with students taking OTO 809.

Course Director: David Sherris, MD

Course Coordinator: Beverly Hurley

OTO 812 Clerkship in Facial Plastic Surgery, 4 credits

The goal of this rotation is to familiarize students with facial plastic and reconstructive surgeries. Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to diagnose and manage a variety of facial plastic and reconstructive type problems and be responsible for direct patient care. This course will include coverage of topics ranging from cosmetic to reconstructive procedures.  

Students must contact course coordinator for availability and permission prior to registering.

Prerequisite: MS4 and successful completion of OTO 809

Modules: A-K

Number of students: 1, not to overlap with students taking OTO 809.

Course Director: David Sherris, MD

Course Coordinator: Beverly Hurley

OTO 820 Preceptorship, 4 credits

The goal of this course is to familiarize the student with the more common ENT problems seen in a physician’s office.

The objective of this course will be achieved mainly by rotation of the student through the various clinics in the affiliated hospitals as well as the evaluation and examination of patients in the private doctor’s office setting.

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to perform an adequate head and neck examination. The basic care of the emergencies in this particular specialty will also be covered, namely, the management of acute blood loss and acute airway obstruction.

Students must contact the course coordinator for availability and permission prior to reigstering.

Prerequisite: MS4 and successful completion of OTO 809

Modules: A-K 

Number of students: 6; not to overlap with OTO 809 or OTO 811.

Course Director: David Sherris, MD

Course Coordinator: Beverly Hurley

OTO 890 Course At Other University, 4 credits

By arrangement with other university and course coordinator or chair of Department of Otolaryngology. Out of town elective card must be completed and approved prior to scheduling.

Students must contact the course coordinator prior to registering.

Prerequisite: MS4

Modules: A-K

Number of students: unlimited

Course Coordinator: Beverly Hurley

OTO 950 Research in Otolaryngology, 4 credits

The objective of the course is to provide a research opportunity for fourth-year medical students to participate in ongoing research projects within the department.

The cell culture lab affords an opportunity for basic research, working with in vitro cultures, in vitro chemosensitivity testing for new chemotherapeutic agents or designing an individual research project.

Clinical research is available in a number of forms ranging from head and neck oncology to general otolaryngology, otology, pediatric otolaryngology and infectious disease and immunology.

Research students are restricted to nonclinical work or clinical work which specifically does not interfere with other students assigned for clinical clerkships or preceptorships at that facility (see OTO 809 and OTO 811) or with that attending (OTO 820).

Prior to registering for a research elective, students will need to meet with Dr. Milling regarding project and work with the department to find a faculty mentor. Students should discuss project ideas with their mentor and provide a short description of the research they would like to conduct during the elective. Students will then take this description to the department chair and/or course director for approval. After obtaining approval, students will complete a drop/add form, working with the appropriate department/course coordinators and send the completed form to the registrar in order to register for the research elective.

Students must contact the course coordinator prior to registering.

Prerequisite: MS3 or MS4

Modules A-K  Blocks: 2-4 (not available Block 1 for third year students)

Number of students: 1

Course Coordinator: Beverly Hurley