Residency Training

The Stanford Otolaryngology Residency Program At-a-Glance

Residency Program Description

The Stanford Department of Otolaryngology offers two different tracks for residency training. Applicants may apply to one or both programs.  Interviews for both programs are conducted on the same days.

(1) Clinical Track
We offer four positions in the five-year clinical track.

(2) Clinician-Scientist Training Program
We offer one position in the Clinician-Scientist Training Program, a seven-year track which includes two years of protected research time (during the third and fourth years of residency).

Mission and Philosophy

At Stanford OHNS, we endeavor to prepare our residents to:

  • Provide patient care with both expertise and compassion.
  • Foster dedication to life-long learning and teaching.
  • Excel at state-of-the art medical care for patients with otolaryngological diseases.
  • Take an investigative approach to the scientific and policy questions in medicine.
  • Invent new approaches to diagnosis and therapy.
  • Implement and optimize emerging technologies.
  • Be active world citizens in the provision of health care to those most in need.


Departmental specialties where residents receive exposure and experience.

Core Education

As part of their curriculum, residents attend routine conferences including:

  • Weekly residency education sessions
  • Grand Rounds
  • Monthly temporal bone labs
  • Journal clubs

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Residents are invited to supplement their knowledge and core education with departmental CME events:

  • Otolaryngoloy/Neurotology Update
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology Update
  • Western States Rhinology Conference
  • Facial Plastics Conference
  • Resident Symposium

Resident Rotation Schedule

We follow all ACGME guidelines for duty hours.


Anes - Anesthesia (SUH)
ED – Emergency Department (SUH)
Gen SCVMC – General Surgery, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC)
H&N – Head and Neck service (SUH)
NeuroRad – Radiology (neuroradiology) (SUH)
NF – Nightfloat (SUH)
Peds – Pediatric Otolaryngology (LPCH)
Research – Clinical track residents have 3 mo. of full-time research; clinician-scientist track residents have 2 yrs. of full-time research after PGY2.
SICU – Stanford University Hospital Intensive Care Unit (SUH)
VA – VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VA)

Rotation Sites:
SUH – Stanford University Hospital
LPCH – Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
VA – VA Palo Alto Health Care System
SCVMC – Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

The Stanford OHNS Residency Handbook