OTOHNS 336B: Subinternship in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery:  Clinician-Scientist Track

S2 Open to Visitors



Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery



This is an advanced clerkship designed to give the senior medical student an intense exposure to the Clinician-Scientist pathway in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In our field, clinician-scientists are academic otolaryngologists who not only see patients in clinic and operate, but who also commit a significant proportion of their effort to basic and translational research. This subinternship is specifically designed for fourth year medical students who may be considering following a clinician-scientist career pathway, and should be taken instead of the purely clinical subinternship (OTOHNS 336A). The clerkship will consist of two weeks of a clinical subinternship and two weeks in the research lab of one of the auditory research groups at Stanford led by Alan Cheng, MD, Nicolas Grillet, PhD, Stefan Heller, PhD, Mirna Mustapha, PhD, or Anthony Ricci, PhD.

During the two-week clinical portion of the clerkship, students will be expected to accomplish the following goals: (1) assume a high level of patient care responsibility, functioning essentially at an intern level (but with supervision from the residents and faculty); (2) strengthen their clinical and procedural skills and; (3) function as an integral member of the otolaryngology team. Students will be expected to round on all of the patients on the service to which they are assigned. While on the head & neck service, where they are likely to be scheduled for one week, they will be permitted to perform selected simple procedures. The other week may include: laryngology, rhinology, sleep surgery, facial plastics, otology & neurotology, pediatric, and comprehensive otolaryngology. Students will be expected to participate in all clinics and ORs on the services in which they are rotating.

During the two-week research portion of the clerkship, students will be expected to (1) participate in lab meetings, seminars, and group discussions, (2) learn and assist with experiments in the lab, (3) begin to develop an appreciation for the role of research in academic otolaryngology, and (4) have a mentorship/career development discussion with one of the faculty clinician-scientists in our department.

Throughout the four-week rotation, small group didactic sessions with other students are offered several times a week. Students must also attend resident education sessions held on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons, as well as grand rounds on Thursday evenings. Visiting students must have completed an Otolaryngology rotation prior to the Stanford subinternship. Students will be stationed at Stanford Medical Center, but may also spend time at the Stanford Ear Institute located in East Palo Alto.

Due to overwhelming demand for this course, visiting students are required to submit: a medical school transcript, USMLE scores, and a brief, one paragraph statement of interest to Xiaoyu Feng at In particular, if you know which of the research faculty whom you would be particularly interested in working with during the research portion of the clerkship, please mention this. Visiting students will be informed of acceptance at least one month prior to the desired rotation. Please note that completing a Sub-I does not guarantee a residency interview with the department.



SURG 300A, 2-week Otolaryngology elective or OTOHNS 307A or equivalent at other institutions.


Periods Available

1-12, full-time for four weeks. 4 students per period.


Reporting Instructions:

Where:  801 Welch Road, 2nd Floor (Xiaoyu Feng)
Time:  8:00 am
You will receive an email from Xiaoyu Feng the Friday before you start.


Units 6       Drop Code T       Call Code 1


John S. Oghalai, M.D.


Other Faculty




Xiaoyu Feng
801 Welch Road