Rotation Schedule Overview

The intern year is a traditional straight surgery year where the intern rotates through various subspecialties. Rotations during this year consist of:

  • Three month rotation on Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • Two month rotation on general surgery and critical care
  • A one month rotation on each of the following:
  • Trauma/Acute Care Surgery
  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Burns and Plastic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery

This year is spent at LAC+USC Medical Center.

The PGY II year is spent entirely at the LAC+USC Medical Center on the Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery service. During this year, the resident is part of a team consisting generally of a PGY V, a PGY III, a PGY I and a medical student.
The PGY III year rotations are divided among the sponsoring institution (LAC + USC Medical Center) and three of the participating rotation sites:

Third year residents rotate through two services at the LAC + USC Medical Center- 6 months on the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery service and 2 months on the Pediatric Otolaryngology service. Three months are spent at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on the Pediatric Otolaryngology service.  One month spent rotating at the Keck Hospital of USC in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery on the Otology/Neurotology service.

During the PGY IV year, nine months are spent rotating at Keck Hospital of USC in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery where they are actively involved in the management of the private patients of the attending physicians and obtain substantial clinical and operative experience.

PGY IV residents also spend three months on a research rotation. During this time, they are expected to conduct and complete a research project.

PGY V work in the capacity of Chief Residents and are expected to act as a supervising resident following the guidelines as laid by the Caruso Department of Otolaryngology -Head and Neck Surgery and the LAC+USC Medical Center. They will and are expected to be the leader of one of the four teams. They spend the entire year at LAC+USC Medical Center.

*PGY – Post-Graduate Year