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Graduate medical education in otolaryngology at Mayo Clinic

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The Otolaryngology Residency at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, provides excellent surgical and medical training in all areas of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery.

This five-year residency prepares graduates for either private practice or academic medicine through education and training with board-certified and fellowship-trained staff that teach management concepts in:

  • Head and neck oncology
  • Neurotology
  • Laryngology
  • Rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery 
  • Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Pediatric otolaryngology
  • Facial trauma
  • Microvascular free tissue transfer

The Otolaryngology Residency uses a unique apprenticeship system in which residents are assigned to one or two Mayo Clinic staff consultants for three-month periods. This system gives you graduated responsibility and close supervision and interaction.

Mayo Clinic also offers a visiting medical student clerkship in otorhinolaryngologyOtorhinolaryngology (Arizona).

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Video: The Arizona Experience


Video: The Arizona Experience

Mayo Clinic ENT faculty conduct a surgical procedure.

Your training experience

As a resident at Mayo Clinic, you'll have access to robust clinical, educational, and research resources. You'll find support both inside and outside of the campus to promote physical and mental wellness and ensure your work/life balance.

David Lott, M.D.

Department chair's welcome

Our department is creating the future by defining excellence in all aspects of otolaryngology. Residents are a vital part of who we are as a department. We are devoted to investing in you as individuals, training you to become outstanding surgeons and clinicians, and giving you the tools to one day define excellence for the next generation.


The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


After successfully completing the program, graduates are eligible to take the otolaryngology certification exam offered by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Program history

The Otolaryngology Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona began in 2006. We anticipate that two trainees will complete this program annually.

Created in 1987, Mayo Clinic's Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery/Audiology in Arizona has matured into a premier head and neck tertiary care referral center in the country.

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