Thanks for visiting the website of the University of Missouri's Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. This department transitioned from a division of the Department of Surgery in January 2004. We are committed to providing top-notch training for otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residents in our ACGME accredited training program. Currently, our department fills 2 residency spots per year through the match process.
Our faculty have expertise in all areas of otolaryngology head and neck surgery, including head and neck oncology, otology and neurotology, pediatric otolaryngology, laryngology, allergy and rhinology, and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. The oncology practice, which is housed in the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center wing of the hospital, has a multidisciplinary practice that collaborates with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiology, pathologic, and endocrinology for comprehensive care. Our otology and voice practice will be located in a new Hearing, Speech, and Balance center to continue to provide cochlear implantation services as well as professional voice services for patients. Our busy allergy and rhinology practice provides testing as well as both traditional subcutaneous immunotherapy and sublingual immunotherapy, which are critical to the comprehensive care of sinus and airway management. Pediatric otolaryngologic care is provided in concert with the University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Residents are immersed in clinical and surgical experiences early in their residency career. This is augmented by rotations at the Harry S Truman VA, which provides a more autonomous resident experience under the supervision of our department’s faculty. The educational curriculum is complemented by a comprehensive conference schedule, temporal bone and microvascular labs, and surgical simulation activities. We feel that medical education is more than learning about patient care and medical knowledge. Our curriculum also incorporates learning about the business of medicine, health care payment and delivery systems, as well as medical legal issues. All this leads to a balanced experiential and didactic learning, as evidenced by the performance of our residents on the yearly Otolaryngology Training Exam. In 2015, our residents together scored better than 90% of programs.
Research and academic activity is encouraged and rewarded throughout residency. Specific research time is built into the rotation schedule during PGY3 and PGY4 years to allow residents to focus more intently on investigational inquiry. Residents may wish to participate in projects with our PhD faculty, who have delved into dysphagia problems both in animal as well as human investigations. We encourage each resident to pursue life-long education and inquiry by supporting travel to national meetings and courses.
Columbia is a fantastic college town, with fantastic NCAA sports, vibrant downtown life, great outdoor opportunities, and a wide variety of theater (eg. University Concert Series, music (eg. The Blue Note, “We Always Swing” Jazz Series), and film (eg. True/False Film Festival) offerings that you expect in a university town.
The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at MU offers complete and thorough training, with faculty dedicated to your success. We hope you decide to come visit, and see for yourself!