Duties & Benefits
One of the major strengths of this residency program is the large volume of surgical procedures performed by each resident. The average resident at the time of graduation will have performed approximately 1,400-2,000 cases including otologic, neurotologic, maxillofacial trauma, skull base, head and neck oncologic, endoscopic, facial plastic and reconstructive, laser, pediatric, and sinus surgery.
In the first year of otolaryngology, the resident performs less complicated surgical procedures and assists in major procedures. In this year, the emphasis is on the development of safe and expedient surgical techniques, learning surgical anatomy, and understanding appropriate pre- and postoperative care. During the second year of training, the resident performs more complex surgical procedures. In the final two years of the program, the trainee is expected to have developed the expertise to plan and to carry out most, if not all, of the major and minor otolaryngologic surgical procedures.
Residential Clinical Duties
In addition to the operative experience described above, the residents are also responsible for care of patients on the wards and in the clinics. All residents are expected to see patients in the clinic along with the attending faculty. Residents also are responsible for seeing emergency room consults. The junior level residents perform the majority of direct patient care on the wards. The upper level residents are responsible for operative scheduling and administrative functions. Residents are actively involved in the teaching of medical students.
The resident spends his or her internship year in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Florida but completes rotations through the Department of Surgery as well. In house call for General Surgery rotations during this year varies depending on the service but is approximately every third or fourth night. The prime goal of this year is to learn surgical patient care and to develop basic surgical skills. The residents rotate at Shands Hospital and the Gainesville VA hospital. A wide range of surgical subspecialties are included in the internship such as Pediatric, Cardiothoracic, General, Plastic, Orthopedic, Trauma, Urologic, and Neurological surgery.
Each resident has a rotation during the four years of otolaryngology training to carry out a research project. The resident is expected to complete a basic science or clinical project suitable for presentation and/or publication during their training. Opportunities are available in all areas of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.
Otolaryngology Call Schedule
Junior level residents take first call from home approximately every 5th night and rotate weekends as well unless a microvascular flap has been recently performed . In general, each resident will have the majority of two weekends free per month. Senior level residents rotate coverage of second call on a weekly basis.
General conferences are held two mornings a week covering the entire spectrum of otolaryngology. These are provided by the otolaryngology faculty, residents, and faculty members from appropriately related disciplines. A basic science course including anatomic head and neck cadaver dissections is conducted each year through this conference. Tumor conferences in coordination with the Department of Radiation Oncology are held every Thursday afternoon. A temporal bone dissection course is conducted as well. Quality Assurance conferences are held bimonthly. The Department of Otolaryngology sponsors continuing education courses and visiting professorships each year. Residents are encouraged and supported to attend national meetings.
Salaries and Benefits
The present salary for interns is $52,044.00. A complete health insurance policy, disability policy, and a $10,000 term life insurance policy are provided at no expense. Lab coats and on call meal tickets are also provided. Each resident is given three weeks of vacation time and one week of educational leave per year. Extra time is available for the presentation of academic papers at recognized meetings. Presently, PGY1 residents receive $300 and PGY2 to PGY5 residents receive $500 in travel or book funds and further funds are allocated for presentation of papers at conferences. The department also provides the residents with the Home Study Course and the annual In-Service Training exam.
Resident graduates have successfully passed their boards at a 100% rate in the last 10 years. They have gone on to both private and academic practices across the United States. Recent graduates have obtained highly competitive fellowships in pediatric otolaryngology, facial plastic surgery, and otology.