Graduate medical education in otolaryngology at Mayo Clinic
The Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, provides superior surgical and medical training that features a unique mentorship-apprenticeship system. Residents are trained in all areas of otolaryngology during this program.
ENT hospital in the country (U.S. News & World Report, 2022-2023)
This five-year residency prepares residents for either private practice or academic medicine by training with a board-certified staff that teaches management concepts in:
Head and neck trauma
Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
Head and neck oncology
This residency offers a robust research experience for trainees. With dedicated mentors, protected time, and access to a wide variety of resources, opportunities to tackle projects big and small are at your fingertips.
This residency program is formatted as a unique apprenticeship model in which residents are assigned one-to-one to a staff consultant for 10-week rotations. This system allows the resident graduated responsibility with close supervision and interaction with the consultants. In the final year, trainees become chief resident associates and take on responsibility for their own clinic and operative cases.
The culture here at Mayo Clinic is unique and unmatched. Everyone here is focused on putting the needs of the patient first and collaborates to deliver exceptional care. Within our department specifically, the faculty and staff are welcoming and approachable, and the residents are a supportive group who are there for each other both at work and outside of work.
Kelly Staricha, M.D. Otolaryngology resident
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.
We offer an unparalleled didactic curriculum, plenty of patients to see with common and uncommon head and neck disorders, a strong belief in graduated resident responsibility, and many opportunities to teach and do research.
Upon successful completion of the residency, graduates are eligible to take the otolaryngology certification examinations offered by the American Board of Otolaryngology.
The Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, was established in 1908 and approximately 280 residents have completed training in this program. The Otorhinolaryngology Department is proud to have graduated both the first female resident, Margaret Smith, M.D., in 1911, and the first African-American resident, Jack Clark, M.D., in 1978, at Mayo Clinic. Five trainees complete this program annually.
The mission of the Mayo Clinic Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is to lead the nation in providing care for patients with complex ENT needs as a diverse and inclusive organization continually striving for excellence in clinical care, education, and research.