SOM Preclinical Preceptorships

Course Title
Otolaryngology Preclinical Preceptorship
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of year 1 
      Additional Requirements:
Responsible Faculty Director:
Harold Pine, MS, FAAP, FACS
Other Faculty:
Available Dates
• 4-week block: 4/25/2022 - 5/20/2022
• 4-week block: 5/23/2022 - 6/17/2022
Application Submission Deadline
Maximum Enrollment

Where and to whom the application should be submitted
 Applications should be submitted in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 7.104 John Sealy Annex. Students who are interested should come by the office to chat with Roxann Ortiz as soon as possible. The faculty member preceptor must sign the application form. Students needing assistance finding a preceptor should contact Dr. Pine.

Goals & Objectives
 Introduce students to the broad knowledge base required to be a successful otolaryngologist Introduce students to the skill set required to be a successful otolaryngologist including the use of the otoscope Give the students a realistic appreciation of what it is like to be a practicing otolaryngologist including time in the clinic, in the Emergency Room, in the operating room and on call Offer students on a case by case basis to be involved in clinical research projects

Description of course activities
 The program is to provide students between the 1st and 2nd year of medical school the opportunity to spend time in a clinical setting with practicing otolaryngologists at UTMB. Specific objectives can be tailored to meet the interests of the student. We will make an effort to provide opportunities to participate in clinical research projects. It is unrealistic to expect to complete a project while on service and additional work and effort is usually required after the rotation in order to get a poster or presentation accepted. Students will be made aware of the vast opportunities within the scope of ENT. Students may work with more than one faculty member while on rotation but the expectation is that the majority of time will be spent with the primary preceptor. Approval for specific days or hours with another faculty member will be at the discretion of the primary preceptor and with the approval of additional faculty as necessary. Students will be given ample opportunity to read about ENT related topics. Students will be expected to be able to perform a complete specialty specific history and physical exam. Students should get supervised training with the use of the otoscope and tympanometer. Students should expect that their experience may differ depending on the faculty preceptor but all students should expect to follow the preceptor to clinic and to the operating room. There is no in house call responsibilities but the students should be prepared to take call from home when their faculty preceptor is on call. It is expected that the students will work together with other more senior medical students on service as well as the ENT residents. There are no formal writing requirements but individual faculty may request a short one paged typed narrative summary of your experience. Students will be required to fill out a written evaluation of the experience. Complaints or concerns during or after the rotation should be directed to Dr. Pine at

Method of student evaluation
Check all that apply - complete appropriate section(s) only:
1.  Clinical Observation
  A. Frequency - How often are students observed clinically?
  B. Format - What method(s) are used to document the student's clinical performance?
    Daily oral feedback   End of period oral feedback   Written feedback   Other

2.  Oral Presentation
  A. Audience - To whom does the student present?
    At this time there is no requirement to give a formal oral presentation. Some students are eager to do this and we can possibly arrange on a case by case basis as long as the student lets us know towards the beginning of the rotation.
  B. Frequency / duration of presentation(s)?
    Students will be expected to present patients in the clinical setting
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
  D. Assessment - Who assesses the student's presentation performance?
    Self-assessment   Peer assessment   Faculty assessment
  E. Method of content selection
    Current cases   Student-selected topic   Assigned topic

3.  Written Assignment (H&P's, notes, papers, abstracts, etc.)
  A. Frequency of written assignment(s)?
    At this time there is no requirement for written assignments. Students that decide to participate in clinical research projects should expect to be involved with the IRB process and writing up designing posters and papers for publication.
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
  C. Length of written assignment(s)?
    Abstract   Annotated bibliography   1 - 2 page paper   3+ page paper
  D. Are recent references required?
    Yes           No
  E. Method of content selection - e.g. student-selected, relate to cases, etc.?
  F. Audience - Who assesses the studentís written performance?
    Peer Assessment     Faculty Assessment     Other

4.  Extra Course Activities
  What expectations do you have for the student to demonstrate participation in the course (e.g. small group activities, seminars, thoughtful questions, providing resources, journal club, etc.)?
    Students should expect to participate in the Departmentís group activities when appropriate including didactic education sessions for the residents, preop conference, Grand Rounds, M&M conference. The administrative Chief Resident should be able to give the students a list of required activities. For students who are interested, there may be opportunities to contribute to the TRACKS the RABBIT series of Pediatric ENT books.

5.  Other Modes of Evaluation
  Please explain below.


6.  Stipend Availability
  Yes           No           Maybe