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Mayo Clinic otolaryngologist examining a patient

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 a 100% passage rate on their exams taken with the American Board of Otolaryngology.

In addition, 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.

Words from our alumni

Here’s what a few of our graduates have to say about their experience in the program.

Neil Patel, M.D.

Neil Patel, M.D.

“After completing residency, I entered a two-year neurotology fellowship and subsequently took a position in academics. Every day since I started I am reminded of how well the otolaryngology residency program at Mayo Clinic prepared me for the demands of my job: dealing with complex neurotologic problems, producing research and securing grant funding, giving lectures to a broad range of audiences, and teaching medical students, residents, and fellows. I humbly believe that being able to balance all of this comes from the guidance that my residency role models, the Mayo consultants, provided me during my five years.”

2018 graduate

Assistant professor of neurotology & skull base surgery and assistant professor of otolaryngology-head & neck surgery at Utah University Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah

Alex Marston, M.D.

Alex Marston, M.D.

"I find myself occasionally doing procedures that I have not done for several years — because of the solid foundations that were instilled in me during my residency training, I believe I am able to take on cases that otherwise would seem out of my comfort level. I am very thankful for the high case numbers I was able to accrue during residency and the dedication to teaching among the consultants in the program."

2017 graduate

Adult and pediatric otolaryngologist; facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon; and assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine

Ashley O'Reilly, M.D.

Ashley O'Reilly, M.D.

"I left residency at Mayo Clinic with not only the training and knowledge for a successful ENT practice, but also close relationships with my fellow residents. I continue to communicate almost daily with some of them for patient advice and support. My time at Mayo fostered a network of supportive colleagues that continues well past training."

2014 graduate

General adult and pediatric otolaryngologist in private practice in northern Virginia

Amy Saleh, M.D.

Amy Saleh, M.D.

"I am grateful for the excellent training I received at Mayo Clinic. I work in some underserved areas where resources are scarce; however, with the training I received I feel I am better equipped than I would have been otherwise to bring these patients a higher level of care. I also feel like the connections I made while at Mayo Clinic have continued to help me in my current practice and allow me to be a better physician for my patients."

2012 graduate

Adult and pediatric otolaryngologist at Lakeside ENT & Allergy in Rochester, NY

Otolaryngology graduates and where they are now. (Blue icons = General private practice. Orange icons = Private practice, fellowship trained. Green icons = Academic practice)