Medical Students

Our department offers multiple opportunities for medical students to learn about the specialty of Otolaryngology.

Through these experiences, you will build a strong understanding of Otolaryngology as a surgical specialty as well as the common ENT concerns that may be presented in outpatient visits, particularly in pediatrics. You will also gain hands-on experience in the field of Otolaryngology, working with top physicians in the field at one of the five training sites around the Twin Cities.

Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Medical Student Scholarship

Our URiM Medical Student Scholarship provides financial assistance for a 3rd or 4th year visiting medical student from an underrepresented group (as defined by the Association of American Medical Colleges) who is planning to pursue residency training in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

The selected student will receive a stipend of up to $2,000 to be used for their travel and/or housing expenses during their one month rotation at our site. Please note that the selected applicant is not permitted to combine this award with other URiM Travel Awards through the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery.

Applicant Requirements

  • Applicants must be upcoming 4th year medical students (Class of 2023) at a domestic LCME-accredited medical school. 
  • Applicants must also provide the following materials
    • Current CV
    • Unofficial transcript 
    • Step 1 score (USMLE unofficial transcript)
    • Letter of recommendation (one letter of recommendation only) 
    • Personal statement addressing how you contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Application & Selection Process

Please submit your materials by completing this online application form. The application includes a department online screening tool in addition to the traditional VSLO (Visiting Student Learning Opportunities, formerly VSAS) application requirement per the rotating institution. Selection will be based on a holistic approach. Students’ academic achievements, demonstrated leadership, academic research, otolaryngology interest, and good academic standings will all be considered when selecting a candidate. Following the review of all applications, virtual Zoom interviews will be completed with top candidates.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding this scholarship, please contact Chelsey Favretto at otoed@umn.edu.

COURSES & ASSIGNED READINGS

Courses

We offer four subspecialty courses that can be taken in years MS3 and MS4: 

Expectations

Medical students taking clinical rotations in Otolaryngology are expected to:

  • Watch the following videos 
  1. Episode 1: Ear exam 
  2. Episode 2: Oral cavity and neck exam
  3. Episode 3: Face and nose exam 
  4. Episode 4: Nasopharynx and Larynx exam 

Medical students should read Primary Care Otolaryngology, answer the questions at the end of each chapter, and ask residents and faculty any questions necessary to clarify those answers. Additionally, students should utilize the American Academy of Otolaryngology educational program COOL (Clinical Otolaryngology Online). Students are allowed to include virtual cases reviewed through COOL in their case logs.

Students are also encouraged to view interactive lectures on the following topics:

  • Epistaxis
  • Hoarseness
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Otitis Media
  • Rhinosinusitis
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • Adult Neck Mass
  • Thyroid

Suggested Readings

  • Cummings Otolaryngology
  • Baileys Otolaryngology
  • Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery-James Cohen
  • Myers Operative Otolaryngology

Please reach out to Dr. Ashok Jethwa, jethw008@umn.edu, if have questions about more specific resources.

General Otolaryngology Textbooks

  • Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Otolaryngology (LANGE CURRENT Series), Third Edition, by Anil Lalwani, 2011.
  • Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery: Clinical Reference Guide, Third Edition, by Raza Pasha, 2010.
  • Ear, Nose and Throat and Head and Neck Surgery: An Illustrated Colour Text, Third Edition, by Ram Dhillon and Charles East, 2006.
  • ENT Secrets, Third Edition, by Bruce Jafek and William Murrow, 2004.
  • Essentials of Otolaryngology (Lucente, Har-El, et al., editors) 2003.
  • Deweese and Saunders’ Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (Schuller, Schleuning, editors) 1994.

SHADOWING & RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

We accepts students in their MS1 and MS2 years for half day shadowing in the UMMC clinics, which may include limited research opportunities. Please email otoed@umn.edu if you would like more information on the application process for any of our courses.