The otology-neurotology experience will provide the residents with the gamut of pathologies ranging from chronic ear disease, hearing loss, vestibular disorders, facial nerve disorders, temporal bone, and lateral skull base tumors. Residents will acquire outpatient skills in the diagnosis and treatment of otologic/neurologic disorders, interpretation of audiologic and vestibular testing (audiograms, tympanograms, ABRs, ECOGs, VNGs, and VEMPs), office myringotomy and tube placement, and intratympanic drug therapy. A familiarity with pediatric hearing loss, implantable hearing device candidacy and programming, craniofacial disorders and their impact on hearing and balance, vestibular rehabilitation will be achieved by the residents, as well. When taking UMC calls, they will encounter and treat otologic emergencies, ranging from sudden hearing loss, dizziness, facial paralysis, and temporal bone fractures.
Attendance in the annual temporal bone dissection course is mandatory, where the resident will participate in a one-on-one instruction with attending otology staff. Access to independent temporal bone dissection outside the annual course is available.
Expectations of the graduating residents include proficiency in all aspects of chronic ear surgery: myringoplasty, tympanoplasty, mastoidectomy, ossicular chain reconstruction, and middle ear endoscopic surgery.