Residency Program

The residency training program in Otolaryngology was established at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1940. In its early years, the program was directed by part-time faculty otolaryngologists from Houston who gave their time and effort to create a high quality program in our specialty. In 1968, Dr. Byron J. Bailey was appointed Wiess Professor and Chairman. In 2003, Dr. Shawn Newlands was named the second Wiess Professor and Chairman of the department, and in 2011, Dr. Vicente Resto was named the third Wiess Professor and Department Chair. The residency training program in Otolaryngology is fully approved by the Residency Review Committee for Otolaryngology sponsored by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Board of Otolaryngology.

The purpose of our training program is to prepare residents to be successful in whatever practice venue they choose. In order to implement our purpose, we have designed a residency training program in otolaryngology that is both extensive and intensive, with an emphasis on breadth of experience.

The philosophy of the educational component of the training program is that strength in clinical skills is based upon a thorough knowledge of basic science information. We feel that resident involvement in research activities and publications, while secondary to the development of clinical expertise, is extremely important. Another key word in characterizing our training program is "balance." We seek to provide a balance between individual resident responsibility and resident supervision. Similarly, we seek to provide a balanced experience in terms of the emphasis which is placed upon the medical aspects of our specialty with the surgical aspects.

The scope of our residency program includes all aspects of otolaryngology, including otology, audiology and speech pathology, rhinology, laryngology, endoscopy, maxillofacial trauma, plastic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck, pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck oncology, and otolaryngic allergy. Most of the surgical procedures are performed by residents under supervision of full-time faculty members, and all clinics are staffed by faculty members.

The resident plays an active and important role in the training of medical students, residents in other specialties, and other residents in otolaryngology. Periodically, the residents are given the primary responsibility of presentations at Grand Rounds, Journal Clubs, and other seminars.