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Department of

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

About the Program

The Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery medical education program provides outstanding opportunities for students to explore the field of Otolaryngology.

The clinical electives allow medical students to explore Otolaryngology as a possible career choice and learn about diagnosis and treatment of common head and neck diseases.

Students interested in research will find willing co-investigators and mentors in basic and applied research in both the adult and children's fields.

Third-Year Specialty Clerkship

During the Otolaryngology Specialty Clerkship, students will gain exposure to the wide range of ear, nose and throat diseases treated by the otolaryngologist. Each student will learn the appropriate history and examination techniques for head and neck diseases.

Students will learn the diagnosis and management of a variety of common otolaryngologic disorders, including otitis media, hearing loss, rhinitis, sinusitis, and cancer of the head and neck. In addition, specific otolaryngologic emergencies such as airway obstruction, epistaxis and facial trauma will be covered.

Students will participate in the day-to-day activities of the otolaryngologic team including inpatient and outpatient care and observe surgery. The experience will be divided between the University of Cincinnati Medical CenterCincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Fourth-Year Elective Clerkships

The department continually offers fourth-year students both clinical and research based elective opportunities.

Senior medical students can advance their knowledge of Otolaryngology as it applies to specialties from pediatrics to neurosurgery.

Seniors interested in Otolaryngology as a career field benefit from working with the resident and faculty teams at the University of Cincinnati Medical CenterCincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Cincinnati VA Medical Center.

Visiting Fourth-Year Students: The department accepts applications for clinical electives only through the VSLO/VSAS system of the AAMC. (We do not currently offer research electives to visiting students.) Slots are limited and the program is competitive, so prospective applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible on or after May 1, when open enrollment begins for the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Please be mindful of the required documents listed on our course page on VSAS, as an incomplete submission will delay consideration of your application. As a courtesy to all applicants, application materials will not be accepted prior to May 1 or outside of VSAS. For more information regarding the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine's policies and guidelines for visiting medical students, please visit the Office of Medical Education's Visiting Students page.

    • Current Third-Year Students: The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine course catalog for the following academic year can be viewed in VSAS starting April 1 and applications may be submitted starting May 1. If you would like to view upcoming rotation dates for application planning purposes only, please access the Visiting Student Elective Bulletin, choose the academic year you want to view from the drop-down window at the top, scroll to Otolaryngology, and select "Syllabus." Note: the syllabus is considered a sample only and is subject to change.
    Reena Dhanda Patil, MD

    Medical Student Program Co-Director
    Reena Dhanda Patil, MD
    Email: Reena Dhanda Patil, MD

    Tel: 513-558-4196
    Fax: 513-558-5203

    Charlie Myer IV, MD
    Medical Student Program Co-Director
    Charlie Myer, IV, MD

    Email: Charlie Myer, IV, MD

    Tel: 513-558-4196
    Fax: 513-558-5203

    More Information 

    For more information on Medical Student Education, please contact:

    Emily Crocker
    Medical Student Program Coordinator

    University of Cincinnati – College of Medicine
    UC Health – Department of Otolaryngology
    231 Albert Sabin Way – MSB 6503
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45267-0528

    Phone: (513) 558-4196
    Fax:     (513) 558-5203
    Email: emily.crocker@uc.edu