University of Toronto - Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery - Toronto
The Department of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto is at the forefront of medical education for our specialty at the undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education levels. Notable highlights include:
- We have the largest and most comprehensive training program in Canada
- We have significant depth and cover all subspecialties within otolaryngology-head & neck surgery
- Most of our core teaching faculty are recognized national leaders in otolaryngology-head & neck surgery and many are considered international leaders
- We have extremely well-organized and comprehensive didactic and hands-on skills training to cover the depth and breadth of otolaryngology-head & neck surgery
- Our research programs and support are innovative, comprehensive, and award winning
The Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery program at the University of Toronto consists of 1 year of Surgical Foundations training followed by 4 years of specialty training at University of Toronto teaching hospitals.
The education program attracts highly motivated trainees with an annual enrollment of 25-27 residents and over 20 clinical and research fellows.
What are the expectations for research during the residency program?
Residents are required to complete one research project per year that is presented at the annual resident research day. Residents in the second year of training participate in a four month research block and research curriculum. Residents have the opportunity to consider enrollment in a graduate degree program.
Are residency graduates competitive at getting fellowships within Canada or in the US?
Graduates of the Toronto program are highly successful in achieving fellowship positions in the top programs in Canada, US and internationally.
When do residents typically start getting more OR exposure?
Residents are introduced to the operating room in the first year of training.
Where do most residency graduates go after graduating?
Approximately 65% of graduates pursue fellowship training. The remainder are successful in attaining a community position.
What is the breakdown of off-service rotations?
In the first year of training, residents complete one month rotations in Anesthesia, Neurosurgery, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Radiology. In second year residents complete rotations in General Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Intensive Care Medicine.