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Otolaryngology Residency Curriculum

The curriculum of the residency program includes all aspects of otolaryngology, including rotations in head and neck and reconstructive surgery, facial plastic and maxillofacial surgery, nasal and endoscopic sinus surgery, otology and skull base surgery, laryngology, pediatric otolaryngology, allergy, and sleep medicine. Surgery and patient care are supervised by full-time faculty and by members of the community faculty.

At Sentara General Hospital residents are exposed to a wide variety of disorders, emphasizing the areas of trauma, head and neck oncology, neurotology, rhinology, and general otolaryngology. This hospital also features the Hearing and Balance Center, a regional referral facility equipped with the latest technology in auditory and vestibular testing.

The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, the only full-service children’s hospital in Virginia, also houses separate facilities devoted to ambulatory care of pediatric otolaryngology patients.

Courses given by the department faculty include a boot camp for first year residents, microvascular surgery, sinus surgery, reconstructive surgery, and a course in temporal bone anatomy and surgery. Meetings include head and neck tumor treatment, surgical pathology, oral medicine, otology and neurotology, pediatric otolaryngology, and laryngology. Otolaryngology grand rounds and case conferences are held weekly. Journal Club is held monthly. Morbidity and mortality conferences are held bi-monthly and mock oral board exams are conducted annually in conjunction with the residency at Portsmouth Naval Hospital.

Our Residents participate in the Sentara Norfolk General Ambulatory Care Clinic and perform free examinations during the annual Head and Neck Cancer screening event formally known as the "Yul Brenner Cancer Screening Day."  Our Residents are also committed to annual medical missions in Africa, Honduras and the Philippines.