The Otolaryngology residency training program at the University of Texas Medical Branch was established 1940. In 1968, Dr. Byron J. Bailey was appointed Wiess Professor and the first Chairman. Our residency training program 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 an Otolaryngology residency that is comprehensive, with an emphasis on breadth of
experience and exposure.
The philosophy of the educational component of the training program is that strength in clinical skills is based upon thorough knowledge of basic scientific information and developing operative skills on a variety of complex pathologies. We feel that
resident involvement in research activities and publications is extremely important. Another defining characteristic for our program is "balance." We seek to provide a balance between individual resident responsibility and resident supervision within
and educational and supportive environment. Similarly, we seek to provide a balanced experience in the medical and surgical aspects of the field of Otolaryngology.
The scope of our residency program includes all aspects of otolaryngology, including otology, audiology, otolaryngologic allergy and rhinology, laryngology and speech language pathology, endoscopy, maxillofacial trauma, plastic and reconstructive surgery
of the head and neck, pediatric otolaryngology and head and neck surgical oncology. Surgical procedures are performed with residents under supervision of our 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 our otolaryngology training program. We have a strong interest in training the residents to be good educators as
this skill is important for collaborative patient care. Periodically, the residents are given the responsibility of presentations at Grand Rounds, Journal Clubs, and other seminars.