Three candidates a year are accepted into the department's 5-year, ACGME-accredited program. The residency encompasses the entire breadth of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery:

  • general otolaryngology
  • pediatric otolaryngology
  • otology/neurotology
  • rhinology
  • laryngology
  • head and neck cancer
  • facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • otolaryngic allergy
  • sleep medicine

About the Residency

Residents rotate through each of the five hospitals in Syracuse (Upstate University Hospital at Downtown Campus, Crouse Hospital External Icon, VA Hospital External Icon, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center External Icon, and Upstate University Hospital at Community Campus) and operate in the several associated outpatient surgery centers. One of the greatest strengths of the residency program is the ability to provide trainees with the broadest of clinical experiences in every aspect of general and subspecialty otolaryngology.

The clinical and surgical experience is enhanced through weekly basic science lectures, subspecialty lectures, Grand Rounds, and Bailey's club. Additional education is provided through Head and Neck Tumor Board, Morbidity and Mortality Conference, and Journal Club. In the spring, a series of surgical anatomy laboratories are held in the College of Medicine gross anatomy lab and a temporal bone dissection course is performed within the department's temporal bone laboratory. PGY-5 residents also partake in a microvascular anastomosis laboratory. Residents also have a total of six months dedicated to research during the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years.


The department also runs a facial plastics and reconstructive surgery fellowship. The fellowship has an emphasis on craniofacial and reconstructive surgery. The department's strength in these areas allows us to provide a rich experience in cleft and craniofacial surgery for residents and fellows.


Graduates of our program are well-equipped for whatever career path they may choose. Recent graduates have gone on to complete fellowships of their choice, pursue academic careers, or enter private practice in locations all over the country.

How to Apply

For those considering applying to our residency program, we hope you find this website useful in obtaining general information about the program. We encourage you to contact us at anytime for additional information or for answers to specific questions.