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Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery Residency

We invite you to take a closer look into our UC San Diego Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency. This inspiring video captures the essence of our program through the insight of our faculty and residents. Our program’s advantage of having apprenticeship learning experiences, early surgical opportunities, and access to state-of-the-art technology are only a few of the features that define us.


The UC San Diego Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Residency Training Program is a six year experience which provides five years of clinical training required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and one year of protected research time.

The PGY-1 year involves six separate one-month rotations in other surgical specialties as well as six months in otolaryngology and four weeks of vacation. Specialty rotations include neurosurgery, surgical intensive care, plastic surgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, and neuroradiology/pathology.

The PGY-1 through PGY-6 years involve the total care of all otolaryngology subspecialties under the supervision of the Division faculty and chief residents. Duties include clinical and surgical care in outpatient and inpatient settings. 

During their training, residents rotate through several locations including the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, the UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla, the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center, and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.