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Otolaryngology Residency (Arizona)

Director's Welcome

Michael L. Hinni, M.D.

Welcome to the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix Arizona. Established in 1987, Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix has experienced significant growth. Now on the U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll, it is the number one hospital in Arizona. Similarly, the Department of Otolaryngology has evolved into a world-class tertiary care referral center with robust patient care, diverse educational opportunities including four training programs and high-quality research.

Proposed in 2006, the Otolaryngology Residency accepted its first PGY-1 resident in 2007. There are two residents a year and each is indoctrinated into the Mayo model of care, functioning as a critical member of the care team. Education occurs in a preceptor environment where each resident works one-on-one with a single fellowship trained faculty member.

We operate on the quarterly system with each rotation being three months in length. This enables a lengthy and highly focused experience in all aspects of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. At the conclusion of four years, residents should be able to practice in a semi-independent fashion, tailoring the chief resident experience to prepare for a chosen career.

While it is our primary commitment to create safe, competent, compassionate general ENT surgeons, a majority of our graduates have entered postgraduate fellowship training, with half entering academic practice. Two of our graduates to date have been hired on to our staff here at Mayo Clinic. The clinical care is supported by eight physician assistants whose support permits residents to focus on clinical care and surgery with reduced clerical and computer burdens.

We have built robust research activities within our department, including an active laryngotracheal transplantation and head and neck regenerative medicine research lab as well as an aerospace medicine lab. The faculty are all salaried physicians with no productivity incentives. This allows our world-class faculty to focus on the needs of the patient and on teaching the next generation of physicians. Our faculty members put on numerous continuing medical education activities yearly here in the heart of Arizona and elsewhere. Trainees further have the option to experience international medicine with many traveling overseas for extended trips.

Mayo Clinic's three shields — patient care, education and research — serve as the foundation for our program. Education, a critical shield, is one to which we here at Mayo Clinic are devoutly committed. We would welcome a chance to get to know you better and share with you what we have to offer and what, with the input of our excellent resident physicians, we are continuing to build.

All the best,

Michael L. Hinni, M.D.
Chair, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Arizona