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Training and Education

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. On a weekly basis, 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. 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.


  • PGY1: 6 months of off-service rotations (Neuroradiology, ICU, ER, Anesthesiology, General Surgery), 3 months of Head & Neck/Trauma, 3 months of General ENT
  • PGY2: 6 months of General ENT, 6 months of Head & Neck/Trauma
  • PGY3: 3 months General ENT, 3 months Head & Neck/Trauma, 2 months Cosmetics/Plastics, 2 months Research, 2 months Otology
  • PGY4: 3 months General ENT, 2 months Pediatric ENT, 1 month Research, 3 months Head & Neck/Trauma, 3 months General ENT
  • PGY5: 3 months Head & Neck/Trauma, 3 months General ENT, 3 months Elective, 3 months General ENT

Training Sites

  • OSU Medical Center
  • Ardent Health System (Hillcrest & Utica Park Clinic)
  • John Medical Center
  • Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists of Tulsa
  • Integris Health
  • Tulsa Surgical Arts

PGY 1: OSUMC; SJMC; Ardent Health system

PGY II: Ardent Health system, SJMC

PGY III: Ardent Health System, SJMC, TSA, OSUMC

PGY IV: Ardent Health System, Integris Baptist Medical Center, SJMC, OSUMC

PGY V: SJMC, Ardent Health System, Tulsa Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists


Call Schedule

  • PGY 1: Buddy call every Monday for 6 months, then 1:4 for the remaining 6 months
  • PGY 2: 11 days/month
  • PGY 3: 9 days/month
  • PGY 4: 7 days/month
  • PGY 5: 3-4 days/month

Didactics and Conferences

Didactics are every thursday after resident clinic at the Ear, Nose & Throat specialists of Tulsa clinic. Didactics follow COCLIA question format. 


Grand rounds at OSUMC every other Tuesday at 7:00 AM


Tumor board is normally the second Thursday of once month from 7am to 8am in Health Plaza Classroom A on the Lower Level at SJMC

  • Journal Club
  • Practice-Based Learning
  • Evidence-Based Learning
  • Neuroradiology Conference
  • Morbidity & Mortality
  • Scholarly Activity Updates
  • Specialty Specific Grand Rounds
  • Faculty & Resident Wellness


Procedural Training

Temporal Bone lab and Simulation Lab are quarterly with an attending present. Once residents complete the Simulation Lab Orientation they are granted badge access to practice on their own.


Other Information

Every Thursday afternoon residents who are not on subspecialty rotations will attend the OSU ENT resident clinic. All cases generated in clinic will be performed at OSUMC on Tuesday mornings.

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