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Department of

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

About the Program

The Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency program is five years long. During the first year, a resident will rotate on anesthesia, oral & maxillofacial surgery, neuroradiology, NSICU, plastics and SICU as well as the following otolaryngology services: allergy, CCHMC, general, H&N, sleep and VA.

The program requirements are available at the ACGME website. The Otolaryngology program director is responsible for the design, implementation and oversight of a PGY-1 year that prepares residents for specialty education in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

During the five years of specialty training, a varied operative experience occurs under direct faculty supervision, with gradually increasing responsibility for the resident-in-training. Formal rotations are held at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Each rotation offers exposure to the full spectrum of contemporary otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.In addition, exposure to both faculty and community otolaryngology private practices offers residents the opportunity to experience and practice office-based otolaryngology. All residents are required to attend formal lectures and rounds.

Recognizing that research is essential for a lifetime of self-education, residents are given the opportunity to work side-by-side with established basic science and clinical researchers as well as have a dedicated block of research in their third year.

Highlights of the program include:

  • One of only 16 approved programs for advanced training in head and neck oncology
  • Active skull base surgery program
  • Nationally recognized referral center for pediatric airway problems
  • Nationally recognized center for deafness research
  • Nationally acknowledged leaders in the field of head and neck cancer research
  • Consistently recognized as one of the top Otolaryngology programs in the country by U.S.News & World Report

Supervision and Direction

The residency training program is under the direction and supervision of Myles L. Pensak, MD, H.B. Broidy Professor and Chairman and Yash J. Patil, MD, Resident Training Program Director.

The nationally and internationally recognized faculty provides expertise and depth in all of the subspecialty fields of study.


Residency Training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for comprehensive training in the specialty.

Length of Training: 5 years

Maximum Number of Residents: 20

Residents per level: 4-4-4-4-4

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More Information 

For more information on the residency program, please contact:

Jill Rechtin
Residency Program Coordinator

University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
231 Albert Sabin Way – MSB 6504
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267-0528

Phone: 513-558-4198
Fax:     513-558-5203