Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery

Our Program

Detroit Medical Center Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery is a five-year program approved under the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. Two to three highly qualified candidates are chosen per year. The goal of our program is to train residents to become exceptional, highly skilled otolaryngology head and neck surgeons. This is accomplished through an intensive clinical experience, strong didactics, and required research. Under the close supervision of our widely recognized faculty, residents receive broad training and experience in diagnosis and treatment of diseases and abnormalities of the ear, nose, throat, sinuses, larynx, esophagus, trachea, and bronchi. The program integrates training at five university-based medical centers: DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, DMC Harper University Hospital, DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan,DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, and Michigan Ear Institute


The first year of Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic surgery training is a specialty track surgical internship and includes:

  • 4 months hospital-based general surgery
  • 1 month medical pediatrics
  • 1 month anesthesia
  • 1 month intensive care unit
  • 1 month emergency room
  • 1 month surgical subspecialty
  • 1 month medical subspecialty
  • 1 month pediatricENT
  • 1 month adultENT

Years 2 to 5 of Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery training include rotations in the following subspecialties:

  • Otology
  • Reconstructive and Craniofacial Surgery
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Allergy and Immunology

Residents are trained in a multidisciplinary approach to patient care as they participate in Tumor Board and Pediatric Sleep Study/Sleep Apnea grand rounds. They also serve as members of the Cleft/Craniofacial Team at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan.


Residents have access to both Detroit Medical Center’s and MichiganState University’s extensive medical library and electronic resources. A generous yearly stipend is allotted for educational pursuits. PGY-2 residents attend a 6-week Otolaryngology Basic Science course at theUniversity of Iowa. The Temporal Bone Lab provides an individual workstation for each resident complete with operating microscopes and updated drill and instrument systems. Residents have access to a virtually unlimited supply of temporal bones. In addition, there are multiple opportunities throughout the year to attend academy meetings, laboratory courses, and hands-on workshops.  

Regularly scheduled didactics include:

- Monday evening COCLIA and board review

- Tuesday evening journal club and grand rounds

- Wednesday morning Pediatric Otolaryngology grand rounds

- AAO-HNSF Home Study Course

- Monthly Morbidity & Mortality meetings

- Monthly Head & Neck tumor board

- Monthly Michigan Ear Institute grand rounds

- Monthly Michigan State University educational events

Our program strongly encourages residents to be actively committed in research throughout their entire residency.  Department faculty and residents are involved in a variety of major research areas, including laryngology and voice disorders, sleep disorders, pediatric otolaryngology, sinus/rhinology, otology, and immunology. See a list of past and current research projects.