Residency Program

The Residency Training Program in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is designed to provide residents with education in the comprehensive medical and surgical management of patients of all ages with diseases and disorders that affect the ears, upper respiratory and upper alimentary system and related structures in the head and neck.

The residents are expected to attain competency in patient care, medical knowledge, practice based learning and improvement, inter-personal and communication skills, professionalism and system based practice throughout their educational experience. The residents are afforded increasing levels of responsibility throughout their educational experience.

During the Chief Resident year, the residents are the primary surgeon on many of their own cases with continuous faculty supervision in the pre-operative, peri-operative and post-operative course. The Chief Residents will form a pre-operative, operative and post-operative plan and after review with the assigned sub-specialty faculty, will be the primary surgeon on these cases with direct faculty supervision.


The duration of the residency is five years.

The PGY-1 year, under the oversight of the Otolaryngology Program Director, contains the required rotations in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Unit Medicine, Anesthesia and Neurological Surgery. Rotations in neuroradiology, surgical pathology, audiology and vestibular assessment, speech pathology and rehabilitation, allergy and immunology and multi-disciplinary collaboration are included in the PGY-1 year. Additional rotations in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery are included in the PGY-1 year.

The PGY-2 through PGY-5 year rotations cover all aspects of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. A structured research experience with instruction in research methods and designs is also included in the curriculum.

The clinical experience is provided at four hospital sites as well as affiliated clinicals and ambulatory surgery centers. With thirty full-time and volunteer faculty supervisors, there is a rich operative experience encompassing all aspects of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In addition, a structured didactics program throughout all five years of residency and outpatient management of otolaryngologic patients with our faculty provide a comprehensive learning environment.

The residency program rotations provide a training environment that encompasses all aspects of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.
The Department of Otolaryngology operates out of 4 hospitals, all within an approximately 10-minute drive of each other, and provides unique educational experiences.
Our residents benefit from comprehensive curriculum and supportive mentoring that lays foundations for rewarding futures in otolaryngology.
The Department of Otolaryngology participates in the ERAS application system and the National Residency Match Program.

Training Program Administrator

Beverly A. Hurley

Assist to Chair; Residency Training Program Administrator

Department of Otolaryngology

1237 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209

Phone: (716) 362-9585; Fax: (716) 362-9588