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Didactic Training

Mayo Clinic otolaryngology resident giving a presentation

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs, and one-on-one instruction are an integral part of Mayo Clinic's Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Residency.

Didactic training

Grand Rounds

PGY 2-4 present once per year

Monday mornings

CRA Case Conference

PGY-5 present monthly Weekly on Monday mornings
Quality/Morbidity, Mortality Conference
Case presentation Every six weeks on Monday mornings

Tumor Board

  • Skull Base Tumor Board
Case presentation (multidisciplinary)

Three times a month on Tuesday mornings

  • Once a month

Neurotology Lecture Series

  • Neurotology Journal Club

Invited speakers

  • Case presentation

Weekly on Tuesday mornings

  • Once a month

Core curriculum

  • Otology
  • Laryngology
  • Rhinology
  • Head and neck
  • Pediatric otolaryngology 
  • Facial plastics/sleep medicine
Faculty speakers

Weekly on Friday mornings

(September through June)

Educational courses

Coverage expected if a listed PGY year.

Bootcamp/emergent ENT Simulation Lab
Incoming interns, PGY-1, PGY-4 June (Wednesday/Thursday/Friday)
Endoscopic Anterior Skull Base Course
PGY-3 April (Thursday/Friday)
Otofest PGY-2 and PGY-4 October (Friday/Saturday)
CI workshop PGY-3 and PGY-5 May (Friday/Saturday)
Upper Midwest Skull Base Course
Extramural guests, invited residents August (Thursday/Friday/Saturday)
Head and neck cadaver labs 
All During head and neck core curriculum section: seven to eight labs, every other Winter Quarter (Tuesday)

Resident Research Day 

All required March (Friday/Saturday)

Neel Lectureship

Four resident participants

February (Friday/Saturday)

Lateral Skull Base Lab and Rhinology Lab

All invited 

Mobile laboratory 

Evening educational opportunities

These opportunities are for all residents. They typically take place on the second or third Thursday of the listed month and dinner is provided.


Trivia night – board review

Facial plastics lecture


Trivia night – board review

Allergy board review
March Head and Neck Journal Club
April Facial plastics lecture
May Pediatric Journal Club
June Break
July Break
August Facial plastics lecture
September Rhinology Journal Club
October Laryngology/Sleep Journal Club 
November Facial plastics lecture 
December Trivia night – board review