Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Otolaryngology Residency Program


Program Overview

The goal of our training program is to prepare residents to function independently and expertly in the prevention and management of diseases and disorders in the field of otolaryngology.

The Otolaryngology Residency Program consists of five years of special, comprehensive education in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the ear, nose, throat, and maxillofacial region. This five year period of education trains the resident in the prevention, diagnosis, medical and surgical management of otolaryngology disorders in patients of all ages and provides a protected period for a research project. Training occurs on the public and private service of four affiliated institutions - Tampa General Hospital; James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital; H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and Nemours Children's Specialty Care at Wolfson Children's Hospital.

This program is designed to provide the resident with an academic and clinical education that allows for progressively responsible patient care as the resident advances through the five years of training.

By the end of the PGY-2 year, the otolaryngology resident should be able to perform the following under supervision of attendings and senior residents: a comprehensive history and physical examination for evaluation of patients presenting with complaints referable to the head and neck region and order appropriate laboratories and radiographs; soft tissue surgery; endoscopies; septoplasties; simple mastoidectomies; antral surgery; minor oncologic surgery; and repair of maxillofacial injuries.

PGY-3 year residents form a broad based otologic foundation with experience in chronic ear surgery and neuro-otologic procedures, pediatric otolaryngology, facial plastic surgery, rhinology, and head and neck oncology. Demonstration of ability to teach medical students is expected.

PGY-4 year residents continue to expand their skills and fund of knowledge in otology, facial plastic surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, and head and neck oncology. A three-month block of time is scheduled for a research project under the supervision of a committee of basic science and clinical research faculty. Demonstration of ability to train junior residents is expected. In addition, the PGY-4 year resident is expected to utilize the microvascular surgery laboratory for training.

The PGY-5 year resident should be proficient in sinus endoscopy, advanced temporal bone, and head and neck surgery of all types as well as clinical and operating room management, and in the preparation of formal teaching conferences.

Residents' skills are evaluated quarterly by full time faculty, clinical faculty and by all nursing staff. Evaluation results are reviewed at a meeting of the Clinical Competency and Evaluation Committees. The Program Director, K. Paul Boyev, M.D., then meets on an individual basis with the residents to discuss, on a semiannual basis, each evaluation.