Residents will spend their PGY-1 year rotating primarily through general surgery services and other ACGME-required services. The specific services and order of the rotations are determined by the Program Director for the Department of General Surgery. One 4-week rotation during the PGY-1 year is spent in Otolaryngology on the Head & Neck Service.
The PGY-2 through PGY-5 years are spent rotating through the various Otolaryngology services. Our department has five primary services:
- General Otolaryngology: Includes facial plastics and reconstruction, facial trauma, laryngology, rhinology and sinus, and is the primary consultation service for adults at the University Hospital. The General Otolaryngology resident team is comprised of a PGY-2, PGY-3, PGY-4, and PGY-5.
- Head & Neck Service: Primarily serves our patients with head and neck neoplasms. The Head & Neck Service resident team is comprised of one PGY-1, one PGY-2, two PGY-4s, and one PGY-5.
- Pediatric Otolaryngology: Includes all otolaryngologic care for our patients ≤18 years old. The Pediatric Otolaryngology resident team is comprised of a PGY-2 and PGY-4.
- Otology/Neurotology Service: Manages conditions of the ear, hearing, and balance, as well as neurotologic skull base tumors and disorders. The Otology/Neurotology Service resident team is comprised of a PGY-3 and PGY-5.
- Veteran’s Administration Otolaryngology Service: Provides the full range of otolaryngologic services to veterans at the Nashville VA. The VA resident team is comprised of a PGY-2 and a PGY-5.
For the PGY-2 through PGY-5 years, the types of rotations within a given year are predetermined (e.g., every PGY-2 will rotate through General, Pediatrics, Head & Neck, and the VA); however, the order of the rotations is determined by discussion among residents of each class to best fit their individual preferences. Additionally, PGY-3 residents will spend six months off service while working on their research project(s).
A sample rotation schedule for the five years of residency training is below.