The UC San Diego School of Medicine Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Residency Training Program provides the five years of clinical training required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) , including one year in general surgery, four years in otolaryngology and one year of protected research time.
The internship year (PGY1) involves approximately six months of general surgery, two months of head and neck surgery, three additional one-month rotations in other surgical specialties and four weeks of vacation. The specialty rotations, which are assigned according to individual preference and service needs, can include cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics, trauma and urology.
The PGY2 - PGY6 years involve the total care of all otolaryngology, otology and neurotology patients under the supervision of the division faculty and senior resident staff. The duties include clinical and inpatient care and participating in operations. Operative responsibilities are assigned according to training progress and ability. During these years, residents will rotate between sites including UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, UC San Diego Thornton Hospital in La Jolla, the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center, Scripps Green Hospital and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.