Medical Students

Medical Students

Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery plays an active role in fostering the clinical skills, professional relationships, and hands-on experience for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students and visiting students. Our goal is to give medical students the opportunity to learn about the field of Otolaryngology from industry leaders, as well as participate in clinics, patient care, and surgeries. The goal of the program is to give each student solid knowledge of Otolaryngology that can either be incorporated into a career in Otolaryngology or as an essential building block in the medical student's education.

Medical Student Rotations

As medical students grow as professionals, their responsibilities also grow - and Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery is honored to be a part of the journey. The medical students rotate through Otolaryngology on the following schedule:

  • VUSM MS1 (first-year medical students)
    • Continuity care clinic (CCX) that includes all specialties, including Otolaryngology.
  • VUSM MS2 (second-year medical students)
    • Two-week sub-specialty block in Otolaryngology during Surgery Clerkship.
  • VUSM MS3 and MS4, Visiting Medical Students MS3 and MS4 (third- and fourth-year medical students)
    • Advanced Clinical Experience (ACE) four-week program
  • VUSM Careers in Medicine (CiM)
    • Medical students are encouraged to participate in CiM, a one-to-two week clinical rotation that is available to students of all years. Medical students can select Otolaryngology as a part of this program, or narrow their focus into an Otolaryngology sub-specialty. VUSM MS2 students can use CiM as their two-week elective.

Advanced Clinical Experience Program

Third- and fourth-year medical students are invited to apply for the Advanced Clinical Experience (ACE) elective. This four-week program focuses on giving students interested in Otolaryngology a cross-section of clinical experience, operating room participation, and rounding with the team twice a day at the hospital.

ACE students rotate through Otolaryngology sub-specialties, including:

  • Head and Neck
  • Neurotology
  • Pediatrics
  • General Otolaryngology

The ACE program gives students significant exposure to Vanderbilt Otolaryngology faculty and residents, helping to build relationships and learn from some of the best Otolaryngologists in the country. At the end of their ACE rotation, each student gives a five-to-ten-minute presentation during a resident teaching conference. This presentation is typically attended by at least one member of the Vanderbilt Otolaryngology faculty, as well as the Chief Residents and additional residents on service at the time.

Vanderbilt students interested in learning more about applying for the ACE program during their third and fourth-year selections should review the Immersion Courses or contact the Office of Enrollment Services. The ACE program is an option for current Vanderbilt medical students, as well as visiting students with an interest in Otolaryngology.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery welcomed the following ACE participants:

  • Vanderbilt students: 5
  • Meharry students: 1
  • Visiting US students: 33
  • Visiting international students: 1

Visiting Students

Vanderbilt Otolaryngology welcomes students as a part of the Visiting Student Program and the Visiting International Student Program. Applications must be made through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities Application Service (VSLO). Information for Vanderbilt-specific programs, eligibility requirements, and application specifications can be found on the Vanderbilt Visiting Medical Students page.