The Department of Otolaryngology offers courses tailored to meet undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing education for the primary care physician and practicing otolaryngologist, in comprehensive patient care and in recognizing emergency situations, as well as in understanding the diagnosis and management of the otolaryngologic diseases and trauma, neoplasia, congenital disorders of the head and neck.

The experiences in the outpatient department will provide opportunities for developing skills of information gathering and intensive, detailed regional topographic physical examination, analysis of problems, and satisfactory patient-doctor relationship. The clinical facilities are maintained in each of the following hospitals: Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, Veterans WNY Healthcare System, Buffalo General Medical Center, Erie County Medical Center and Women and Children’s Hospital. In addition, the Department of Otolaryngology conducts monthly teaching conferences on all aspects of otolaryngology and head and neck oncology.

Preparation of a paper suitable for publication or presentation of a didactic lecture at an institution is required for granting of honors. Time is allocated in this specialty for third-year students.

Department Coordinator: Beverly Hurley

Course Descriptions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • OTO 812 Clerkship in Facial Plastic Surgery, 4 credits
    The goal of this rotation is to familiarize students with facial plastic and reconstructive surgeries.
  • 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.
  • OTO 890 Course At Other University, 4 credits
    By arrangement with other university and course coordinator or chair of Department of Otolaryngology.
  • 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.