Internship training is comprised of twelve one-month rotations. ENT interns spend one month with the Otolaryngology – HNS service. Five months are spent rotating through the following fields of General Surgery: Pediatric Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma Surgery (Critical Care), and VA General Surgery. First-year residents also receive experience in Plastic Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Anesthesia, and Emergency Medicine. Internship training is primarily directed at achieving proficiency in pre- and post-operative surgical care. Additionally, interns receive basic operative and clinical training. Time in the operating room typically consists of primary surgeon for less-complex cases and assisting in more-complex cases. Interns take primary floor call during daytime hours; weekend call is rotation-dependent. The internship year also serves to provide invaluable knowledge about the inner-workings of the hospital, and fosters the formation of relationships with colleagues within the A.B. Chandler Medical Center and Veterans Administration Hospital.
The residency program is designed to ensure all residents receive excellent, well-rounded clinical and surgical training in all aspects of Otolaryngology – HNS. Clinical training occurs at multiple sites, including the Ear, Nose, and Throat – Hearing and Balance Clinic, the state-of-the-art Markey Cancer Center Clinic, and the Veterans Affairs Hospital. Operative training occurs within the A.B. Chandler Medical Center, the Center for Advanced Surgery, the Veterans Affairs Hospital, and Good Samaritan Hospital. Additionally, residents spend time in community practice settings at both Saint Joseph and St. Claire regional hospitals. A multidisciplinary approach exists in all locations, and residents interact extensively with both in-clinic Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists.
Residents spend time assigned to one of three teams. Each team is comprised of one upper-level and one or more mid- or junior-level residents. The team system permits one-on-one interaction between residents and attending physicians in both clinical and operative settings. Team A focuses on general otolaryngology, pediatric otolaryngology, and facial plastic surgery. During their time on Team A, residents are supervised by Dr. Comer, Dr. Younes, and Dr. Patel. Team B provides training in otology, neurotology, rhinology, laryngology, and facial plastic surgery. Time on Team B is also spent at outlying, community clinics in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, and Morehead, Kentucky. Team B supervising physicians include Dr. Jones, Dr. Archer, and Dr. Mimms. Team C is dedicated to management of patients with benign and malignant neoplasms of the head and neck. Faculty members include Dr. Valentino, Dr. Gal, and Dr. Aouad. Team C provides intensive training in extirpative and local reconstructive techniques, microvascular reconstructive surgery, transoral robotic surgery (TORS), laryngology and airway reconstruction, endoscopic skull base surgery, and laser surgery.