The residency program didactic coursework is organized into a two-year curriculum encompassing the entire scope of topics tested during the annual in-service examination. Take-home examinations are administered following completion of each section to gauge resident understanding and monitor educational progress. The faculty then reviews these exams with the residents to reinforce the material. Time is spent focusing on the following areas:
- The Head and Neck Examination
- Audiometry, Auditory and Vestibular Physiology
- Otology and Temporal Bone Dissection
- Head and Neck Oncology
- Pediatric Otolaryngology
- Facial Plastic Surgery
- Maxillofacial Trauma
- Speech Pathology
- Otolaryngologic Manifestations of Disease
All residents are enrolled in the Home Study Course developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology and have access to online educational materials provided by the AAO-HNS. During their training, residents undergo “mock” oral-board examinations administered by faculty members, and complete the In-Service Examination. These examinations aid in preparation for the American Board of Otolaryngology – HNS written and oral board examinations required for certification following completion of residency training. Examination participation is mandatory for advancement in residency training.
In addition, the residents have dedicated resident-run didactic time each week where various topics are discussed to further in-service and board preparation.
Finally, the UK Department of Otolaryngology attempts to send every resident to at least one educational course during residency, such as a temporal bone course, rhinology course, or similar. These courses are expense-paid by the department.