The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the MU School of Medicine has a long history of excellence in training Otolaryngologists.
Our residents routinely score in the top 15% on the Otolaryngology Training Examination and have gone on to become leaders in healthcare through their private enterprises or at academic institutions. We currently accept two residents per year, with programs beginning annually on July 1.
Our program is unique in that the ratio of faculty to resident is almost 1 to 1. This apprenticeship-style atmosphere leads to ample surgical experience and close-knit relationships. Residents work closely with their mentors to set academic goals, research opportunities and professional aspirations. To maximize learning, trainees are immersed in clinical and surgical experiences early in their residency career.
Our educational curriculum is complemented by a comprehensive conference schedule, temporal bone and microvascular labs, and surgical simulation activities. General otolaryngology, as well as sub-specialty and research experience are core aspects of our rotational schedule. Residents are also afforded the opportunity to rotate off-site in a private practice cosmetic and facial plastic practice. We believe that medical education is more than simply learning about patient care and having medical knowledge. To reflect that, our curriculum incorporates learning about the business of medicine, health care payment and delivery systems, and medical legal issues. This method of balanced experiential and didactic learning benefits has led to our residents scoring better than 85% of their peers on the yearly Otolaryngology Training Exam.
Our program is unique in that we have multiple private practice physicians who have joined our Faculty. This provides our residents with a varied perspective of the practice opportunities available to them upon graduation. Approximately 75% of our graduating residents go into private practice, with 25% pursuing fellowship opportunities or completing military commitments.
We encourage each resident to pursue life-long education and inquiry by supporting travel to national meetings and courses. Residents are supported to attend AAOHNS Annual Meeting as well as other meetings at which they may be speaking and/or presenting. Medical mission opportunities – which in the past have included Kenya, Honduras, and Haiti – are also available and encouraged.
How to apply
The University of Missouri School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery training program matches through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) by October 1. Diversity applicants are encouraged to apply.
Answers to Common Questions
- How many open positions do you have for the 2018 match? Two
- When are the 2018 match interview dates? TBD
- How many applicants interview each day? 15-18
- How many letters of recommendation do I need? Three are required, four will be accepted
- Do you accept IMGs? Yes, J-1 sponsorship only
- Is U.S. clinical experience required? No, but it is preferred