Accreditation and certification
The Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
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.
You can learn more about the history of otologic surgery at Mayo Clinic and the history of otorhinolaryngology through historical vignettes by Matthew Carlson, M.D. and Kerry Olsen, M.D.