Residents participate in the outpatient clinics at these facilities where a total of 35,000 patients are examined and treated annually. More than 4,000 inpatients are cared for annually by the Tulane Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Service providing an outstanding opportunity for clinical training. Each resident is given graduated responsibility in the overall management of patients depending on his/her level and ability, culminating in the last year in which as a chief resident, he/she has the responsibility (under the supervision of the staff) for running the services at one of the affiliated hospitals.
In summary, residents currently spend 51 months on full-time clinical otolaryngology-head and neck surgery rotations. In addition, they are required to spend three months on a dedicated full-time research rotation. The new 80 hour resident workweek is monitored and enforced on a on-going basis throughout the year. Educational, evaluation, and promotion criteria center around acquiring proficiency in the six core competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-base learning/improvement, interpersonal/communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.
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