Program Description

Chandler Hospital at dusk

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 UK Chandler Hospital, the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, and Kentucky Children's Hospital are physically connected to one another.  Good Samaritan Hospital is approximately 1/2 mile down the street and is accessible by walking, car, or shuttle from the main medical center campus.


PGY-1 encompasses 6 full months of dedicated otolaryngology training and experience. In addition you will rotate through a variety of other general surgery services and radiation medicine which will help augment your learning experience and train you to become a more well-rounded otolaryngologist.  Please see the "Residency Rotations" page for further details.

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 Dr. Jones.  

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 responsible 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.