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Program Director Welcome

HamiltonThank you for your interest in our program! We are excited to show you the advantages of Oklahoma State University’s Otolaryngology Residency Program and how to become a future resident.

 

Oklahoma State University Medical Center (OSUMC), in association with the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS), is the base site for a five-year residency in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (ENT/HNS). Our residency has a linked intern year that is hosted at Oklahoma State University Medical Center and meets the internship requirements with six months of Otolaryngology service and six months of Medical and General Surgery. OSUMC is currently funded for a total 5 ENT/FPS residency spots, which allows us to bring on board one new resident per year.

 

Our patient population is widely diverse. Many patients are underserved and have an undiagnosed and extensive medical history. From day one, you will be assigned to cases involving the most complex comorbidities, thrown into the fire so to speak. As you participate in out rotations, you will recognize the advantage of this as physicians regularly provide feedback that our residents are among the most prepared for clinical practice they have worked with.

 

Our core residency trainers are osteopathic and allopathic surgeons who practice full spectrum otolaryngology and are motivated to train residents. Residents receive graduated responsibility in surgical cases and are primary surgeons on cases as their skills advance. Residents regularly participate in ablative and reconstructive Head and Neck oncologic procedures, including free-flap reconstruction, within our community.

 

Please explore our website and contact us with any questions you may have. Should you wish to rotate with us, we encourage you to reach out to us.

Sincerely, 

Tom Hamilton, D.O.

 

Program Description

surgeryOklahoma State University Medical Center (OSUMC), in association with the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS), is the base site for a five-year residency in Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery (ENT/HNS). Our residency has a linked intern year that is hosted at Oklahoma State University Medical Center and meets the internship requirements with six months of Otolaryngology service and six months of Medical and General Surgery. OSUMC is currently funded for a total 5 ENT/FPS residency spots, which allows us to bring on board one new resident per year.

 

The program has recently been awarded ACGME accreditation.

 

Our Otolaryngology residency is a union between academic and community based education models. OCUMC’s close proximity to the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Center for Health Sciences afford our residents opportunities to participate in multidisciplinary patient care and interaction with other resident driven service lines Academic activities, such as Grand Rounds, are a regular part of our curriculum. Otolaryngology=specific Didactic learning occurs in weekly sessions along with monthly Journal Club and Mortality & Morbidity (M&M) conferences. Academic didactic learning is an important part of our program and hands on didactic learning is equally important.

 

Each year our residents are allocated multiple temporal bone specimens for use at a dedicated Temporal Bone Dissection Lab at OSUMC. To encourage hands-on didactics, annual teaching labs are provided to the residents by Stryker (saw bone and plating lab) and Cochlear (cochlear implant) companies. It is also a requirement that our residents attend an annual educational course that builds on and supplements their knowledge base. In the past, the courses attended include the:  Indiana and Iowa basic science/head and neck courses, rhinology courses, laryngology/laser courses, and the AO trauma and reconstructive courses.

 

Hands-on clinical and surgical experience are the foundation of resident training. Our residents work on a regular basis with several physicians in the Tulsa area. Our core residency trainers are osteopathic and allopathic surgeons who practice full spectrum otolaryngology and are motivated to train residents. Residents receive graduated responsibility in surgical cases and are primary surgeons on cases as their skills advance. Residents regularly participate in ablative and reconstructive Head and Neck oncologic procedures, including free-flap reconstruction, within our community. Local hospitals where residents perform surgical cases include: OSUMC, Hillcrest Hospital System, St. John Health System, and Tulsa Spine and Surgical Hospital. This affords our residents a broad experience in management of a wide variety of acute and chronic ENT pathology. During the 4th year, we have 2 months dedicated to the ENT residents  operate with a well-published and eager to teach pediatric otolaryngologist with hands-on exposure to pediatric airway procedures such as: supraglottoplasty, tracheal reconstruction, vascular malformations, and craniofacial procedures.

 

In addition to training available within our community, supplemental “out rotations” are also available. Our residents rotate at the Pediatric ENT of Oklahoma during their PGY4 year. This provides exposure to a broad spectrum of otologic procedures including:  stapedectomy, cochlear implants, and acoustic neuromas. Also, pediatric cases which include: cleft palate, airway, etc. In Tulsa, “out” rotation time is also spent with Dr. Cuzalina of Tulsa Surgical Arts. Time is allowed for a senior resident to do elective rotations if they choose.

 

The call schedule is graduated among all the residents and is taken from home. Residents are responsible for ER coverage and floor consultations under the guidance of overseeing physicians that cover three of Tulsa’s four major hospitals (OSUMC, Hillcrest Hospitals, St. John Medical Center).

 

In addition to a salary, full healthcare benefits are offered to the resident and their family at no additional cost. All of the major facilities that our residents work at supply food at no cost while on duty. OSU Graduate Medical Education provides up to $1000 (PGY2, PGY3, PGY4) and $1500 (PGY5) annual stipends for conferences and travel. Additional grants provide one surgical textbook annually to all of the residents.

 

Applications Information

 

Program Length: 5 years

Available Positions: 1

Otolaryngology Facts

  • ENT physicians are trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck.
  • ENT surgery serves a wide population base: young children, adolescents, adults, and elderly.
  • Practicing ENTs tend to spend 2-3 days operating and the remaining time in the clinic see new and post-op patients. Many procedures are also done in the office.
  • ENTs are exposed to a large variety of surgical procedures with new technology and instruments including: lasers, scopes, and image guided surgery.
  • Cases can be very short (ear tubes and tonsils) to very long (large head and neck resections with microvascular reconstruction).
  • Subspecialty fellowship training in ENT includes: allergy, otology-neurotology (ear), rhinology (nose), laryngology (throat), head/neck/thyroid, cranial base tumors, pediatric sleep disorders, and facial plastic surgery.

What do Otolaryngologists Treat?

Otolaryngologists diagnose and manage diseases of the ears, nose, sinuses, larynx (voice box), mouth, throat, and the structures of the neck and face.

 

The Ears
Hearing loss affects one in ten North Americans. The unique domain of otolaryngologists is the treatment of ear disorders. They are trained in the medical and surgical treatment of hearing loss, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), and certain cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.

 

The Nose
About 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year making it one of the most common health complaints in America. Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of otolaryngologists. Problems in the nasal area include: allergies, smell disorders, polyps, and nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum.

 

The Throat
Communicating (speech and singing) and eating a meal all involve this vital area. Specific to otolaryngologists is expertise in managing diseases of the throat, larynx (voice box), the upper aero-digestive tract (esophagus), along with voice and swallowing disorders.

 

 The Head and Neck
This area of the body includes the important functions of sight, smell, hearing, and the appearance of the face. In the head and neck area, otolaryngologists are trained to treat infections, benign (non-cancerous) tumors, malignant (cancerous) tumors, facial trauma, and deformities of the face. They perform both cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery.


Examples of ENT Procedures

Ear

Ear Tubes

Mastoidectomy

Cochlear Implants

Tympanoplasty

Ossicular Chain Reconstruction

 

Nose

Sinus Surgery

Turbinate Surgery

Functional Rhinoplasty

Septoplasty

Image-guided Surgery

Skull Base Surgery

 

Throat

Tonsillectomy

Tracheotomy

Oral Cavity Surgery

Sleep Apnea Surgery

Vocal Chord Surgery

Laryngectomy

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive

Free Flaps (from the limbs, chest, back)

Pedicled Flaps

Rhinoplasty

Face Lifts

Blepharoplasty

Cleft Lip and Palate

Botox and Fillers

 

Trauma

Midface Fractures(Le Fort and ZMC)

Mandible Fractures

Nasal Bone Fractures

Complex Laceration Repairs

 

Head and Neck

Thyroidectomny

Parathyroidectomy

Neck Mass Excision

Neck Dissection

Vascular Malformations

Faculty

Tom Hamilton, D.O.

Tom Hamilton, D.O.

General ENT - Program Director

Jean Maria Langley, D.O.

Jean Maria Langley, D.O.

General ENT - Department Chair

Scott Hudson, M.D.

Scott Hudson, M.D.

General ENT

Bradley Mons, D.O.

Bradley Mons, D.O.

Head and Neck

Cody Buchanan, D.O.

Cody Buchanan, D.O.

Otology

Robert Glade, M.D.

Robert Glade, M.D.

Pediatric ENT

Pediatric ENT

G. Paul Digoy, M.D.

Pediatric ENT

Elena Woodson, M.D.

Elena Woodson, M.D.

Pediatric ENT

Angelo Cuzalina, M.D., D.D.S.

Angelo Cuzalina, M.D., D.D.S.

Cosmetics/Plastics

blake anderson

Dr. Brake Anderson

General ENT

william hawkins

Dr. William Hawkins

General ENT

bruce hudkins

Dr. Bruce Hudkins

General ENT

scott reeder

Dr. Scott Reeder

General ENT

scott cordray

Dr. Scott Cordray

General ENT - Call Only

matt vassar

Matt Vassar, PhD

Research Advisor

Program Contact

Jennifer Wilson Garcia

Program Coordinator jenn.wilson_garcia@okstate.edu (918) 599-4542 744 W 9th StreetTulsa, OK 74127

Current Residents

David Lewis, D.O.

PGY 2 - David Lewis, D.O.

Program: Otolaryngology-Head & Neck SurgeryMedical School: Des Moines UniversityCollege: Brigham Young UniversityHometown: Bakersfield, CAHobbies: volleyball, board games, cooking, fiction novels

Mason Skinner, D.O.

PGY 3 - Mason Skinner, D.O.

Resident Ambassadormason.skinner@okstate.edu Program: Otolaryngology-Head & Neck SurgeryMedical School: Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic MedicineCollege: Oral Roberts UniversityHometown: Glenpool, OKHobbies: Hiking, biking, board games, disc golf

Clayton Farahani, D.O.

PGY 4 - Clayton Farahani, D.O.

Program: Otolaryngology-Head & Neck SurgeryMedical School: Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic MedicineCollege: University of OklahomaHometown: Oklahoma City, OKHobbies: Fishing, playing guitar, eating ice cream, running

Margo Tanghetti, D.O.

PGY 5 - Margo Tanghetti, D.O.

Program: Otolaryngology-Head & Neck SurgeryMedical School: Rocky Vista UniversityCollege: University of California, DavisHometown: Sacramento, CAHobbies: dog petting, baby holding, pie baking

lacy brame

PGY 1 - Lacy Brame D.O.

Program: Otolaryngology-Head & Neck SurgeryMedical School: Oklahoma State University College of MedicineCollege: University of OklahomaHometown: Lawton, OklahomaHobbies: running, cycling, playing with my chocolate lab


Salary/Benefits

Salary

 Current Salary, Effective January 1, 2020
PGY-1 $51,322
PGY-2 $53,069
PGY-3 $54,958
PGY-4 $56,952
PGY-5 $58,858
PGY-6 $61,055
PGY-7 $63,507

Benefits

  • Leave 20 days a year (vacation & sick)
  • Sick leave
  • Vacation leave
  • Employee medical/dental insurance
  • Family medical and dental insurance available
  • Optional retirement program
  • Research opportunities available
  • Residents/Fellows will pay a portion of their monthly health insurance premium plan selected by the medical center.

Program Alumni

  • 2019 - Jaye Bea Downs, D.O. - Pediatric ENT Fellowship, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
  • 2018 - Kahren Aydinyan, D.O. – Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans, Vermont
  • 2017 - Ben Roberts, D.O. – Private practice, Murrieta, California
  • 2017 - Scott Reeder, D.O. – Bailey Medical Center, Owasso, OK
  • 2016 - Rusty Buck, D.O. – Baylor, Scott & White Medical Center, Waco, TX

Medical Student Clerkship

Provides students with a clinical experience in the field of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery. Students are exposed to the techniques of examination of the ear, nose, nasopharynx, mouth, larynx, and neck. They will have clinical experiences with the hearing and vestibular system, maxillofacial trauma, facial plastics, head and neck cancer, voice disorders, as well as the more routine problems of otitis media, head and neck infections, chronic sinusitis, and the like. Rotations are all 2 weeks and are divided equally between general and head and neck attendings. Students will need clearance at OSUMC, Hillcrest main, Hillcrest south and Saint John medical center to fully participate in the rotation. Students will be expected to present on a topic of their interest at the end of the 2 week rotation.

 

Office of Clinical Education

 

Training Sites

  • Oklahoma State University Medical Center
  • Ardent Health System
  • St John Medical Center
  • Tulsa Spine and Specialty Hospital
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