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Otolaryngology for the Primary Care Physician Course Number: OTO403

Otolaryngology for the Primary Care Physician Course Number: OTO403

Offered continuously throughout the year

Offered by: 
Daniel Karakla, M.D. 
Department of Otolaryngology 
Head and Neck Surgery 
Senara River Pavilion, Suite 1100 
Phone: 757-388-6200

Departmental Offices - Senara River Pavilion and Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters 
Duration: 4 weeks 
Number of Students: 1-2 
Student Level: Year 3-4 
Night Call: No

Report First Day:
Students should page the Otolaryngology Chief Resident for instructions the Friday before beginning the rotation. Students will be provided a schedule the week before beginning the rotation. 

Course Description:
This elective is designed for the medical student interested in the primary care specialties (family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics) and is oriented toward outpatient services. The elective can be tailored toward medical students interested in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery residency. The student will receive a wide exposure to medical and surgical aspects of diseases of the head and neck in adults and children. Major patient contact will be through the department's clinical offices, hospital clinics, United States Navy Clinics, and hospital rounds. There will be selected operating room experience to demonstrate common procedures. The elective is fashioned to meet the needs of the student. 

Distribution of Student's Effort:
Inpatient 20%, Outpatient 80%, conferences three hours per week, hospital rounds four hours per week. Adequate study and reading time provided. Faculty contact 40 hours per week. 


  1. Learn the basics of the ear, nose and throat examination.
  2. Diagnose and treat the spectrum of diseases related to chronic serous otitis media and chronic otitis media.
  3. Diagnose and treat the spectrum of diseases in the oral cavity and pharynx (e.g., tonsillitis, adenoiditis and oral/dental diseases).
  4. Evaluate and treat nasal/sinus disorders.
  5. Learn the basic work-up and follow-up of the head and neck cancer patient.
  6. Diagnose and treat voice and swallowing problems.
  7. To understand the basic surgical skills and perioperative problems involved in performing myringotomy, tonsillectomy, sinus and laryngeal endoscopic surgery.

Evaluation: 100% clinical observation.