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The Otolaryngology Residency at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, provides superior surgical and medical training in all areas of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery.

This five-year residency prepares you for either private practice or academic medicine, as you learn 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
  • Microvascular free tissue transfer

The Otolaryngology Residency uses a unique apprenticeship system in which residents are assigned to one or two Mayo Clinic staff consultants for three-month periods. This system gives you graduated responsibility and close supervision and interaction. The final year, you are a chief resident associate with complete responsibility for your own clinic and operative cases.


The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


After successfully completing the program, you are eligible to take the otolaryngology certification exam offered by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Program history

The Otolaryngology Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona began in 2006. We anticipate that two trainees will complete this program annually.

Created in 1987, Mayo Clinic's Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery/Audiology in Arizona has matured into a head and neck tertiary care referral center in the Southwest.

Brian Walker, M.D.

Meet our trainees

Our exposure to both routine and tertiary-level ENT issues is unparalleled. The department is close-knit and feels like a family, but is big enough to provide a broad exposure to all ENT specialties and the most up-to-date care supported by the resources at Mayo Clinic.

Brian Walker, M.D.
Otolaryngology resident

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Choosing Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix, Arizona.
Campus and community

Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ

Anesthesiologists performing a procedure on a mannequin

Stipend and benefits