Otolaryngology Medical Student Clerkship

Otolaryngology Medical Student Clerkship

Physical Address

ENT Clinic
Madigan Army Medical Center
9040 Jackson Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98431

Business Hours

Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Federal Holidays and selected training holidays

Contact Information

Phone: (253) 968-1430
Fax: (253) 968-3154

About the program

As a specialty, ear, nose and throat surgery is known for providing a broad scope of practice, while maintaining a narrow area of focus and supporting a lifestyle more balanced than many other surgical specialties. Concentration on the head and neck region affords a wide range of disease entities to diagnose and treat in an anatomically complex area that challenges even the most technically proficient surgeon. Procedures range from 5 minute ear tube placements to 12 hour head and neck reconstructions, with complexity running the gamut from injections for skin wrinkles and removal of tonsils all the way to intracranial tumor resections and exploration of penetrating neck wounds. Whether using titanium plates to repair facial fractures, endoscopes to clear sinus disease, lasers and robots to remove throat cancer, or microscopes to implant cochleas or repair nerves and blood vessels with sutures finer than a human hair, the practicing otolaryngologist employs cutting edge technology and precise surgical technique. Otolaryngology encompasses surgical and medical management of head and neck disorders in both outpatient and inpatient settings to treat patients of all demographic groups, from the very young to the very old, healthy active duty soldiers to sick children with congenital abnormalities to complicated elderly cancer patients.

The otolaryngology medical student clerkship at Madigan Army Medical Center is typically four weeks in length, but we can tailor it to suit your schedule as necessary; the rotation is designed for medical students in late second year through fourth year. During the four weeks, you will have the opportunity to participate in surgery, outpatient clinic, inpatient rounds, and academic conferences. The otolaryngology service is divided into two teams: the head and neck oncology/facial plastic surgery/rhinology team, and the neurotology/laryngology/pediatric otolaryngology team. You will spend two weeks working with the residents and faculty on each team, with the goal of gaining an appreciation for the full breadth of the specialty. Additionally, senior medical students interested in otolaryngology residency training will give a 30 minute lecture on an otolaryngology topic of their choosing at the end of the rotation, and are encouraged to interview with members of the faculty.

The Madigan otolaryngology faculty consists of six full-time, board-certified otolaryngologists with advanced fellowship training at world-renowned institutions: Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, UCLA, and the House Ear Institute. The faculty provides training across a broad spectrum of otolaryngology subspecialties, including: laryngology, otology, skull base surgery, head and neck surgical oncology, facial plastic and microvascular reconstructive surgery, pediatric airway surgery, and transoral robotic surgery. Patients are drawn from active duty, dependent, and retiree populations, providing learning opportunities from a wide range of ages and disease processes. You will also have the opportunity to work with our 10 residents and learn about not only otolaryngology and the Madigan Army Medical Center training program, but also the advantages of all the medical organizations the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

The Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency program at Madigan Army Medical Center has excelled for over 40 years, and uniformly produces highly capable and successful otolaryngologists, all of whom have obtained board certification on the first attempt. All qualified medical students should consider a rotation with the department and ultimately, residency training at one of the United States Army’s premiere hospitals, Madigan Army Medical Center. Please see the Otolaryngology residency program webpage for more information.

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