Medical Student Education

 Roadmap to Residency

UNMC Department of Otolaryngology – Roadmap to Residency


  1. Contact Dr. Katie Geelan-Hansen. 
  2. Set up job shadowing experience (contact UME Coordinator). 
  3. Connect with a resident & begin a research project.
  4. Participate in ENT interest group.
  5. Develop faculty mentor. 
  6. Prepare CV for specialty. 


  1. Set up a meeting with residency program contacts (contact Terri Lampe,
  2. Set up job shadowing experience (contact UME Coordinator, Terri Lampe).
  3. Continue research.
  4. Participate in ENT interest group.
  5. Develop faculty mentor. 
  6. Prepare CV for specialty.


  1. Fall: Meet with Dr. Jones during M3 rotation (contact Stephanie Miller, 
  2. During/after M3 rotation, request letters of recommendation.
  3. Participate in ENT interest group. 
  4. Spring: Finish research project.
  5. Review your personal statement with Dr. Barnes or Dr. Bradford Bell (contact Amy Freking).
  6. Plan externship. 


  1. Lead ENT interest group.
  2. Retrieve letters of recommendation. 
  3. Meet with Amy Freking prior to sub-internships/externships to gather contact info.
  4. Sub-internships/externships.
  5. September: ERAS open for apps. 
  6. October-February: Resident Interviews.
  7. February: NRMP Rank Order List deadline. 
  8. March: Match Day.


M2 Lectures: 

Every fall the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery presents lectures to the second year medical students.  After the lectures have been given, the students break out into small groups with the residents. Examples of topics that will be presented include an overview of head and neck cancer, surgical aspects of thyroid cancer, hoarseness, dizziness & vertigo, ear disease, and surgical treatment of sleep apnea and rhinosinusitis.

M3 Surgical Rotation: 

Third year medical students may elect to spend one or two weeks in ENT. Each student is assigned to a resident.

M4 Otolaryngology Clerkship:

Fourth-year medical students may elect to spend an entire four-week period in otolaryngology, participating in medical and surgical activities, patient care, and, if desired, research projects.

52-670 Off-Campus Elective:

Useful Links

Otology videos

Laryngeal Disease videos

University of Kentucky CME Courses for ENT, Allergy and Audiology

Core Education Curriculum from the American Academy of Otolaryngology

Medical Textbooks - Topics in Otolaryngology

Primary Care Otolaryngology Textbook