Offered by: Jonathan Mark, MD

Location: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery offices, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters

Periods Offered: Continuously

Duration: 4 weeks 

Number of Students: 1-2

Student Level: Year 4

Night Call: No

Report First Day: Students will receive a welcome email from Kelly Sylvester a week before the course is to begin.  Please contact Kelly Sylvester (sylvesks@evms.edu) if you have not received this email.  The email will give a general schedule dictating which ENT sub-specialty they will be with each week.  The Chief Resident of each sub-specialty will give a more detailed schedule.  Students should email the Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Chief Resident for instructions the week before beginning the rotation.

Course Description: 

This elective offers an orientation to otolaryngology for the future surgeon. An emphasis will be placed on medical and surgical aspects of diseases of the head and neck with the development of specific surgical skills related to these diseases.  The course will be divided between operating room experiences and office otolaryngology.  The elective will be fashioned to meet the needs of the student, and be tailored toward medical students interested in the Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Residency.

Distribution of Student's Efforts: Patient Contact: 80% Inpatient, 20% Outpatient, conferences three hours per week, rounds four hours per week, 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, acute otitis media and chronic otitis media.
  3. Diagnose and treat the spectrum of diseases related to tonsillitis, adenoiditis and sinusitis.
  4. Evaluate and treat nasal/sinus disorders.
  5. Learn the basic work-up and follow-up of the head and neck cancer patient and thyroid/parathyroid patient.
  6. Diagnose and treat voice and swallowing problems.
  7. Develop surgical skills, such as performing myringotomy, tympanostomy tube placement, sinus irrigation, laryngoscopy, wound closure and tracheotomy.
  8. Understand practical head and neck anatomy as it relates to patients with surgical disease.
  9. Understand the pre-operation and post-operation care of patients with head and neck cancer.

Evaluation: 100% clinical observation.