Otolaryngology
 

Overview of the Specialty 

With the exception of visual and eye-related disorders (treated by ophthalmologists) and lesions of the brain (treated by neurologists and neurological surgeons), otolaryngologists treat diseases and lesions above the shoulders in patients of all ages, including ears, respiratory and upper alimentary systems in the head and neck in general. Otolaryngology specialists are trained in otology, rhinology, laryngology, allergy, head and neck surgery, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and bronchoesophagology. They also have an understanding of the communication sciences, endocrinology and neurology.

Training Requirements

Training consists of a minimum of five years of postgraduate education. There were 106 otolaryngology residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2014/15 that offered 299 categorical positions.

Matching Program Information and Match Statistics

Otolaryngology residency training programs participate in the National Resident Matching Program. Match results and competitiveness information for otolaryngology residency training positions are summarized In the U.S. Match Statistics table below.

US Match Statistics

2015

2014

2013

2012

Competitiveness*

High

High

High

High

# Categorical positions available for U.S. Seniors

299

295

292

285

% U.S. Seniors Matched*

82%

82%

78%

86%

# Unfilled Categorical Positions

1

0

2

2

# Unmatched U.S. Seniors

54

52

67

43

Source: NRMP Match results for U.S. seniors applying in a single specialty. *Competitiveness is based upon the percentage of U.S. Seniors who ranked each specialty as their only choice.

WUSM Match Statistics

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Subspecialty/Fellowship Training

Subspecialty/fellowship training following completion of an otolaryngology surgery residency program is available in otology/neurotology and pediatric otolaryngology. Detailed information about the scope of these subspecialty training programs, number of positions offered and length of training is available in the GMED.
FREIDA

Career Information

FREIDA physician workforce information for each specialty includes statistical information on the number of positions/programs for residency training, resident work hours, resident work environment and compensation, employment status upon completion of program and work environment for those entering practice in each specialty.

Washington University Resources

Washington University Graduate Medical Education: GME
Information about graduate medical education at Washington University

Washington University Department Website:
Department of Otolaryngology

Faculty Contacts:  Otolaryngology

Gregory Branham, MD

432-7760

Judith E. C. Lieu, MD

454-2138

Brian Nussenbaum, MD

362-6599

M. Allison Ogden, MD

362-7252

Jonathan McJunkin MD

362-4125

Otolaryngology Elective Recommendations  Search for WUMS Alumni

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National Organizations

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

At A Glance
Training
5 years of residency 
 
Categorical and advanced
positions available
These are minimum requirements.
Some programs may have longer residencies.
Fellowships
Subspecialty Length
Otology-Neurotology 2 years
Pediatric Otolaryngology 2 years
Lifestyle
Median,.Academic Salary $364,000
Median, Clinical Salary $401,000
Source:AAMC