Residency Programs Rotations

Resident Year 1

University of Iowa General Surgery – 12 months:

  • Six month rotation, Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery.
  • Remaining six months include one month each in Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Anesthesia, Neurosurgery, and Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery and rotations on some of the following services: Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Surgical Oncology.

Call: Determined by individual services.

Surgical experience: Assist with major head and neck cases and primary surgeon on minor cases.

Resident Year 2*

University of Iowa – 52 weeks:

  • Basic Science Course – 6 weeks
  • Head and Neck service – 9 weeks
  • Pediatrics/Plastic Surgery/General service – 18 weeks
  • Otology/Rhinology/General service – 18 weeks

Night Float: Two rotations of 3 weeks.

Surgical experience: Primary surgeon on myringotomy and tubes, tonsillectomies, minor head and neck cases, minor plastics cases. Assist on major head and neck, otology, pediatric cases, facial plastics and endoscopic sinus surgery.

*Residents in the clinical-research combined program do two years of research between R1 and R2 Otolaryngology.

Resident Year 3

University of Iowa – 32 weeks:

  • Head and Neck service – 12 weeks
  • Pediatrics/Plastic Surgery/General service – 10 weeks
  • Research Elective – 10 weeks
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center – 10 weeks. Mason City Clinic ENT in Mason City – 10 weeks.

Call: Night float 3 weeks x 1. Home call when at the VA or in Mason City.

Surgical experience: Competency of minor surgeries and increasing autonomy on major head and neck or otology cases. Primary surgeon on adult and pediatric airway cases and some sinus surgeries.

Resident Year 4

University of Iowa – 52 weeks:

  • Head and Neck service – 10 weeks
  • Pediatrics/Plastic Surgery/General service – 10 weeks
  • Otology/Rhinology – 10 week
  • Multi-Disciplinary Float – 10-12 weeks
  • Research – 10-12 weeks

Call: 1:6 at home while on University rotations shared with PGY-5.

Surgical experience: Primary surgeon on major head and neck, plastics, sinus and pediatric cases.

Resident Year 5

University of Iowa – 40-42 weeks:

  • Head and Neck – 10 weeks
  • Pediatrics/Plastic Surgery/General – 20 weeks
  • Otology/Rhinology – 10 weeks
  • Veterans Administration in Iowa City – 10 weeks

Call: 1:8 at home while on University rotations shared with R-4s. Back-up call at the VA Hospital.

Surgical experience: Primary surgeon or resident instructor on major cases.