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Residency Program

The faculty and current residents of the Boston University Otolaryngology Residency Program are delighted that you are considering coming to do your residency with us. During your visit to our program, you will have an opportunity learn about all aspects of our training program, meet faculty members, clinic staff, our current residents, audiologists, speech pathologists, research scientists, and members of our administrative staff.

Every year we receive hundreds of applications for the three residency positions that we have available. We interview approximately 40 applicants who have been offered the opportunity to interview based on careful review of records of excellent academic achievement, USMLE scores, honors, awards, publications, and enthusiastic letters of recommendation.

Our Core Values

Our motto is Cogito, Cognitio, Curatio.

These Latin words mean the following:


Cogito. v. To consider thoroughly, to ponder, to weigh, reflect
upon, to thnk.

Cognitio. v. To become acquainted with, acquire knowledge
as a consequence of the exercise of our mental powers.

Curatio. v. To take care of something, administration
in medicine, healing, cure.

Resident education is a high priority in The Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck
Surgery at the Boston University Medical Center. We adhere strictly to applicable policies and
guidelines disseminated by The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
and the Residency Review Committees (RRC) guidelines. The RRC for Otolaryngology last
evaluated the BUMC Residency Program with a site visit on January 31, 2012. Following
that thorough evaluation, our residency program received continued full accreditation. Our
Department also received a written commendation for demonstrating substantial compliance
with the ACGME’s Requirements for Graduate Medical Education.

The BUMC residency program strives to achieve continual improvement: we are constantly
tracking and assessing how well we educate, looking for new ways to train residents, and improving
existing models for resident learning in Otolaryngology. One of our recent innovations in tracking
of surgical cases done by residents was recognized as a “Notable Practice” by the ACGME.
One of the most important requirements of the ACGME’s Next Accreditation System (NAS)
is to have a formal process for monitoring the progress of each resident throughout the fiveyear
training period to assure that residents achieve clinical competency and are able to practice
independently after completion of the residency program. The Clinical Competency Committee
reviews all resident evaluation and competency assessment forms, guides resident progress,
and, by tracking milestones, provides valuable feedback to assure residents progress through their
training. At the Boston Medical Center, we convene annually a Program Evaluation Committee
that carefully reviews feedback received from all of the residents and faculty on confidential
semi-annual and annual program surveys and then implements changes, as needed, to improve
the resident educational experience.

In addition to taking many initiatives to assure that we are providing an optimal educational
experience, we believe that the years spent in residency training should be enjoyable, fun filled
years. Our residents make lifelong friendships during their years in residency training. We hope
that our residents who complete our program will continue to have many links to our residency
program as they go into practice or take positions at academic medical centers. We consider
it an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility of educating the otolaryngologists
of the future. We enjoy teaching and take great pride in the young men and women who complete
our residency program.