This five-year program prepares highly skilled otolaryngologists with mastery in clinical and surgical patient care. In addition, research experience provides exposure to scientific principles of investigation as a foundation to the practice of evidence-based medicine.

Why Washington University?

  • Comprehensive clinical training in a department with deep expertise in every subspecialty
  • High-volume, cutting-edge clinical care including complex surgeries (free flaps, endoscopic skull base, cochlear implants, and more) in a technology-rich environment
  • Multi-disciplinary teams solving difficult, multifaceted treatment decisions
  • Well-funded research programs in a variety of areas to address clinical challenges to improve patients’ lives
  • State-of-the-art surgical simulation facility, a model for environment for learning with our world-class faculty
  • Early autonomy in clinical decision-making with supportive oversight
  • Translatable experience in rotations outside of the specialty
  • Warm, collegial and inclusive culture

What are our recent graduates doing now?

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Program description

headshot of Judith E. C. Lieu, MD, MSPH
Judith Lieu, MD, MSPH
Director, Resident Education
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Jason Rich, MD, Assistant Director, Resident Education
  • The first year of otolaryngology will include six months of ACGME-approved structured education on non-otolaryngology rotations, including one month of intensive care rotation. The remaining six months are spent on otolaryngology rotations.
  • A second year induction course offers comprehensive basic science and introduction to temporal bone and neck dissection.
  • A two-year rotating core curriculum is given by the faculty covering all major topics.
  • Additional conferences include: Grand Rounds, Tumor Conference, Otology/Audiology Conference, Journal Club, Facial Plastic Conference, Patient Safety Quality Improvement Conference (Morbidity/Mortality Conference) and Research Seminars.
  • Career guidance and counseling begins in year one, and formal mentoring  is performed at six-month intervals throughout the program via a faculty advisor.


  • Established goals and objectives for each level of postgraduate year and a formative and summative evaluation process.
  • Based on the six ACGME Core Competencies.


  • 100% of our graduates are otolaryngology board certified.
  • We rank in the 95th percentile for alumni publications, according to Doximity.
  • Our alums rank #6 in research output, according to Doximity.
  • 40% of our alums are in leadership positions.

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