Residency Program

Residency Program

"Doctor" means both "to teach" and "to lead" and Vanderbilt takes that seriously. The goal of Vanderbilt's OtolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery residency training is not simply to produce world-class surgeons, outstanding clinicians and empathetic caretakers, but to strive to give our residents the background and resources to better integrate into the dynamic world of medicine and become leaders beyond the classrooms, clinics and operating rooms.

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Residents have a busy operative and clinical schedule during which they train alongside nationally renowned surgeons - many of whom currently hold or previously held extensive leadership roles in Otolaryngology. A dedicated leadership curriculum also give Vanderbilt Otolaryngology residents unique experiences in organizational leadership, operations management, finance, conflict resolution, and public speaking. Ultimately, we want to ensure that our residents will excel in every aspect of their professional careers upon graduating from Vanderbilt.

Faculty and Resident

Educational Innovations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

VOOMSE program details



Read more about our virtual educational innovations at: Landeen KC, Esianor B, Stevens MN, Fernando S, Merriam J, Kreth K, Whigham AS, Haynes D, Eavey R. Online Otolaryngology: A Comprehensive Model for Medical Student Engagement in the Virtual Era and Beyond. Ear Nose Throat J. 2021 Jul 5:1455613211029748. doi: 10.1177/01455613211029748. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34218707.


Residency Program Quick Facts

  • 5 year training program
  • 5 residents/year 
  • 6 months of otolarynogology during intern year
  • 6 months of dedicated research time (PGY-3)
  • Every Otolaryngology subspecialty represented, including Sleep
  • Sites of primary rotations and call are on a single medical campus
    • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    • Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
    • Veterans Administration Hospital


  • 3-4 hours of protected resident education/academic time per week
  • Home Call (single call pool)
    • primary call split between rising residents: PGY-2 and PGY-3
    • backup call split between senior residents: PGY-4 and PGY-5
  • Facial Trauma coverage every 3rd day
    • split between O-HNS, Plastic Surgery and Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Multiple dedicated courses, including:
    • Journal Club
    • Temporal Bone Lab and Course
    • Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Course
    • Head and Neck Cadaver Dissection
  • Unique 4-year Leadership Course
    • Year 1: Military Leadership
    • Year 2: Public Speaking
    • Year 3: Micro-MBA Session
    • Year 4: Public Health Capstone Project
  • Leadership
    • Department Chair: David Haynes, MD (interim); Eben Rosenthal, MD (chair-elect)
    • Program Director: Robert Sinard, MD
    • Director of Resident Education: John Seibert, MD
    • Director of Resident Research: Robert Labadie, MD, PhD
    • Director of Medical Student and Residency Training Innovation: Amy Whigham, MD, MS, HPEd
  • 2021 Interview Dates: Thursday, January 21 through Saturday, January 23