Residency Program

You will develop dedication, expertise and compassion because of this unique training setting.”

Residents are educated in a five year program, with comprehensive instruction and hands-on training. Students enjoy a unique training opportunity with a tremendous range of clinical profiles.

Residency Program Director

Neils Kokot, MD, Residency Program Director,
USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery


About the Residency Program

The Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery provides residents with education in the comprehensive evaluation and medical and surgical management of diseases and disorders of the ears, upper respiratory and upper alimentary systems and related structures of the head and neck.

The educational program includes core knowledge, clinical skills and understanding of the basic medical sciences relevant to these areas and communication sciences, including knowledge of audiology, speech pathology and rehabilitation. Residents will also gain fundamental knowledge of the vestibular system and the chemical senses, otolaryngologic allergy, endocrinology and neurology as they relate to the head and neck area.

Each year, our residency program receives over 200 applications for four Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY 1) positions. We review every application received through ERAS and offer interviews to 36 to 40 prospective candidates. Selection for an interview is based on medical school transcripts, research experience, and letters of recommendation, in addition, to a competitive Step 1 USMLE score. Although we do not have a minimum score requirement, the competition in recent years has been exceptionally high, with more outstanding applicants than we have available PGY 1 positions for. We have no formal deadline for application submission, late applicants may find interview positions filled and not available by late-December. Our interviews are offered between December and February each year.

The faculty consists of both clinical and research specialists. At each participating rotation site, there are board certified faculty members who instruct and supervise all residents. Each faculty member brings his or her expertise through participation in teaching rounds, instruction in clinics and surgery, formal teaching conferences and research.

The Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery residency program is five years. The residents spend the first year in surgical, emergency and critical care and anesthesia training. After this initial training, the program provides progressive education in otolaryngology for 48 months, inclusive of vacation time. During the final year of education, the residents act at the capacity of a chief resident in the sponsoring institution.

Application

All prospective applicants wishing to apply to our program must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applicants must also register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Our requirements for application include:

  • Common application form
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcript
  • MSPE/ Dean’s Letter
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum of 3)
  • Photograph
  • USMLE transcript
  • ECFMG status report – foreign graduates only

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Need Help Applying?
Contact
Kimberley Schultz
Residency Program Coordinator
kimberley.schultz@med.usc.edu
(323) 442-4830

Schedule Overview

Residents spend the initial 12 months in surgical, emergency and critical care and anesthesia training. After this initial training, the program provides progressive education in otolaryngology for 48 months, inclusive of vacation time.

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Rotation Facilities

Residents train at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center—one of the country’s largest teaching hospitals. Residents also greatly benefit from working at state-of-the-art private hospitals, including Keck Hospital of USC and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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Benefits and Salary

General work benefits are provided by the County of Los Angeles and are negotiated for residents by the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR). Salaries compare favorably with those of other resident positions in the community.

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