Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Education & Didactics

Didactics and educational sessions are regularly incorporated into the resident curriculum. Yearly temporal bone and cadaveric endoscopic sinus surgery courses are given by faculty members. During August of the PGY2 year, a month-long cadaveric head & neck anatomy and histology course is provided. Residents participate in a bi-annual facial injectables course and have the opportunity to partake in regularly held facial fracture plating/reduction sessions. Grand Rounds are held weekly (Fridays 6:30-8:00AM) and include talks by faculty, invited guest lecturers and PGY2-PGY5 residents. Morbidity & Mortality Conference is held once per month. Weekly lectures on otology and rhinology are provided at Cook County Hospital and there is an extensive Pediatric Otolaryngology curriculum offered during the Lurie Children’s rotation. Resident memberships to the AAO-HNS are provided as well as subscriptions to the Home Study Course. Residents also receive subscriptions to the following academic journals: Laryngoscope; Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy; Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery; Archives of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.

Training Sites

Northwestern Medicine
John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County
Lurie Children’s Hospital

Training Program


PGY1 residents spend six months on the Otolaryngology services at Northwestern Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children's). PGY1s also spend one month on each of the following rotations: plastic surgery, anesthesiology, neurological surgery, surgical oncology, surgical intensive care, and general surgery night float.


Four consecutive months are spent on each of the following rotations: NM White Service, NM Purple Service, Cook County Hospital Inpatient Service. The White/Purple PGY2 residents are included in the NM general call pool while the CCH resident participates in a separate call pool compromised of both Northwestern and UIC residents rotating at Stroger Hospital. There is no responsibility toward cross-hospital coverage. All call is taken from home.


Four consecutive months are spent on each of the following rotations: NM White Service, Dedicated Research Block, Pediatric Otolaryngology at Lurie Children’s Hospital. The White Service and Research residents are part of the NM general call pool while, similar to CCH, there is a separate call pool for Lurie Children’s.


Four consecutive months are spent on both the NM Purple Service and Cook County Hospital Inpatient Service. There is an additional four month-long “Independent Rotation” at CCH. During this rotation the PGY4 resident will spend two days per week performing small procedures under local anesthesia (keloid removal, excisional biopsies of neck/facial masses, closed reduction of basic mandible fractures, etc) in a dedicated minor surgery room. He/she will also have the opportunity to perform cosmetic procedures such as blepharoplasty in this setting. Each Friday is dedicated to otologic surgery. The Independent PGY4 will join the regular CCH team for all resident clinics during which he/she will be responsible for performing the majority of thyroid ultrasound-guided FNAs. Additionally time is spent in both dermatology Mohs clinic and with a cytopathologist, reviewing FNA results. At CCH both PGY4 residents are part of the general call pool. At NM the PGY4 also takes primary call but less frequently than the PGY2/3 residents.

Chief Year

The PGY5 resident will spend four months serving as chief of the NM white, NM purple and CCH services. For all rotations the chief resident takes back-up call.