Program description

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.

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:

  • Otology
  • Rhinology
  • Laryngology
  • Endoscopy
  • Pediatric otolaryngology
  • Head and neck trauma
  • Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Head and neck oncology

In addition, our Clinician-Investigator Training Program gives residents the option of obtaining a master's degree in biomedical science through a year of fully funded research experience.

This residency uses a unique apprenticeship system in which residents are assigned to one or two staff consultants for three-month periods. This system allows the resident graduated responsibility and close supervision and interaction. In the final year, trainees may become chief resident associates having complete responsibility for their own clinic and operative cases.

Program and graduate outcomes

The most important sign of the success of any training program is how its graduates fare after beginning their careers. Since 1981, all of our graduates have successfully passed both oral and written board exams.

Of the residents trained in Mayo Clinic's Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Residency over the past decade, approximately 50 percent directly entered private or group practice. Another 25 percent entered academic positions. The remaining 25 percent pursued subspecialty fellowship training in areas such as facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, otology and neurotology, and head and neck oncology.

Residents of our program have a 100 percent passage rate on their exams taken with the American Board of Otolaryngology.


Residents from our department have received multiple national and international awards, including resident travel grants, academy basic science and clinical science awards, and awards from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Rhinologic Society, and the Triological Society for presentation of innovative research.


The Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Residency is accredited by the American Council of 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.

Program history

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. It is anticipated that going forward, five trainees will complete this program annually.

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