Program Description

The residency program offers trainees a progressive clinical and surgical experience that encompasses all fields of our speciality. One unique benefit of University of Kentucky is that our Chandler Hospital, VAMC, and Kentucky Children's Hospital are physically connected. 


PGY-1 encompasses 6 full months of dedicated otolaryngology training and experience. In addition you will rotate through a variety of other specialties which will help augment your learning experience and train you to become a more well rounded otolaryngologist.

PGY-2 and PGY-3

During the start of the year, PGY-2 residents gain clinical experience and receive operative training while assisting attending or upper-level residents. Throughout the year, operative responsibilities gradually progress in conjunction with resident skill level. Additionally, PGY-2 residents typically serve as primary surgeons in less-complex cases. All clinical and operative training occurs under close supervision from attending physicians or upper-level residents. While on Team A, residents also rotate at St. Claire Hospital in Morehead, Kentucky once weekly in commute with the department chairman.  

Following completion of their second year, PGY-3 residents are given increased clinical and surgical responsibilities. As a PGY-3, residents will serve as primary surgeons on increasingly more complex cases and assist while operating one-on-one with attending physicians. 

PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents are primarily for staffing all consults with attending physicians and taking primary call during after-hours. Call coverage includes A.B. Chandler Medical Center, the Veterans Affair Hospital, and Good Samaritan Hospital.

PGY-4 and PGY-5

PGY-4 and PGY-5 residents typically serve as senior or chief resident for their respective team. During this time, residents serve as primary surgeon on the vast majority of cases, with attending physician supervision available at all times. At times, chief residents will also supervise junior residents while serving as a resident teacher or junior attending. During the PGY-5 year, residents will also create the daily clinical and operative schedule, call schedule, and distribute any add-on cases.

PGY-4 and PGY-5 residents take back-up call from home. While on call, upper level residents supervise lower-level residents and staff after-hours emergencies requiring surgical intervention.