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Curriculum

Our educational mission is realized at the bedside, in the OR, on rounds, in conferences and in seminars. A listing of rotations can be seen below. We have strived to create a schedule that provides adequate structure to insure a consistent and immersive experience for each resident but that is flexible enough to accommodate individual interests and career goals.

The hallmarks of the educational program are the ACGME core competencies, which are stressed throughout the residency experience: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, and Systems-Based Practice.

Yearly Courses

  • UNM Airway Course
  • UNM Microvascular and Robotic Surgery Course
  • Sinus Cadaver Dissection Course
  • PGY-5 residents: annual fall National Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery meeting.
  • PGY-4 residents: Michigan Ear Course, Loma Linda Sinus and Allergy Course
  • PGY-3 residents: Annual spring Combined Otolaryngology Section Meeting (COSM)
  • Other educational meetings may be attended if residents have sufficient educational leave accrued, are presenting original research and permission is granted by the program director.

Medical Missions (in conjunction with UNMH faculty)

  • Cameroon: Head and Neck Surgery
  • Philippines: Head and Neck Surgery
  • Ethiopia: Facial Reconstruction

OR Experience

Surgical procedures are performed at UNMH, SRMC and the outpatient surgery center (OSIS). Our residents are routinely in the top 10% of residency programs nationwide in terms of case numbers.

Inpatient Services

The teaching service at UNM Hospital is under the supervision of 11 board-certified otolaryngologists. The subspecialty areas represented include Head and Neck Surgery, Laryngology/Voice, Otology/Neurotology, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Rhinology as well as General Otolaryngology. The resident team, under the direction of the chief resident and attending staff, rounds on and cares for all inpatients and consults on the otolaryngology service.

UNMH is a busy tertiary care hospital and the provider of choice for most complicated otolaryngology problems for the entire state and adjoining regions. Collectively, the attending cadre represents the largest group of otolaryngologists in the state and almost all of the fellowship trained sub-specialists. The referral base for the ONHS service is far and wide, stretching from Southwest Texas to Southern Colorado to Eastern Arizona. UNMH is a Level One trauma center providing ample experience in this realm. The UNM Cancer Center is also an NCI designated institution that provides fantastic support for our head and neck patients.

Outpatient Services

The main otolaryngology clinic is housed at UNMH in the ambulatory care center, with Audiology and Speech Pathology facilities and specialists on site.

There is a second otolaryngology clinic located a short drive from UNMH in the Northeast Heights. This clinic has six fully equipped exam rooms, three microscopes, two audiology sound booths, a vestibular lab with IR video ENG and platform posturography, and speech pathology with videostroboscopy. There is also a facial analysis station for cosmetic surgical consultations and hearing aid fitting services.

A new integrated Endocrine/Head and Neck clinic is opening in the fall of 2019. This clinic will provide interdisciplinary care of patients with thyroid and parathyroid disorders, and will feature integrated patient care provided by our Otolaryngology faculty in conjunction with the Endocrine and Pathology services. Features of this clinic include a fully integrated Endocrine conference similar to Head and Neck Tumor Board, as well as opportunities for training in ultrasound of the head and neck and ultrasound-guided procedures.

There are opportunities in the PGY-4 and PGY-5 years to work with local doctors in the community who specialize in high-volume facial plastic surgery and otologic surgery. This gives upper level residents flexibility to acquire subspecialty specific skills prior to fellowship and also gain familiarity with a private otolaryngology practice.