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weekly education

Protected education time is dedicated each week for resident learning. Residents work through COCLIA (Comprehensive Otolaryngologic Curriculum Learning through Interactive Approach), a teaching tool designed to help residents systematically acquire a thorough knowledge-base in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery over a two-year period. Each resident is assigned a question and is expected to teach that question to the rest of the team with masterful understanding. Auditioning medical students participate in the weekly education and occasionally present an ENT topic or research project of their choosing.

monthly education


Grand Rounds are held twice per month. This is a time-honored tradition among residency programs where either a resident or an attending presents a topic of their choice and information is discussed amongst the team.


M&M (Morbidity and Mortality) is held once per month. This is an important time for a resident to present a complicated case in front of the residency team to discuss management areas for improvement.

Once per month, residents participate in journal club where three residents present different publications chosen by the attending physicians from top otolaryngology journals in an academic format.

Grand Rounds


Journal club

Conferences and workshops

First year residents participate in the yearly ENT Essentials Bootcamp hosted by the University of Michigan. At this workshop, junior residents become oriented to working on an ENT service.  The workshop focuses on becoming familiar with important ENT consultations, including airway and epistaxis management, and certain basic operating room procedures unique to ENT.

University of michigan ent boot camp

Second year residents participate in the yearly Michigan Ear Institute Temporal Bone Course. Held at the Van Elslander temporal bone lab, this week-long course prepares residents for otologic and neurotologic surgery. The lab is equipped with microsurgical instruments, operating microscopes, motorized drills, suction irrigation and personal video monitoring for enhanced instruction feedback. Otologic laser systems are also available for hands-on training.

michigan ear institute temporal bone course


Second year residents also attend the Casiano International Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Course held at the University of Miami in Florida. Here, residents learn sinonasal anatomy, important sinus surgery concepts and key surgical techniques necessary for success in endoscopic sinus surgery.

casiano international sinus course


Michigan Ear Institute Fellows hold a quarterly temporal bone lab for residents. The lab is held in the Van Elslander Surgical Innovation Center. During this time, residents get the opportunity to practice temporal bone dissections in a safe and controlled environment.

Temporal bone lab

cosmetic clinic

Our program hosts an injection clinic quarterly where residents are trained by Dr. Christine Lepoudre to use various cosmetic fillers, neurotoxins and facial peels. During this clinic, residents learn anatomic and patient-specific considerations to provide the best outcome for each patient. As residents become proficient, they perform their own cosmetic procedures to best learn how to incorporate facial cosmetic medicine into their own practice. 


Malawi is one of the world's least developed countries with a predominantly rural population economically dependent on agriculture.  According to the WHO, healthcare accessibility is sparse with one physician for every 20,000 individuals.


The Malawi Medical Mission Trip is sponsored by Michigan State University and the University of Malawi located in Blantyre.  The site of service takes place at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, which has a target population in a predominantly underserved area.  This is a surgical trip, built on a strong relationship from regular past missions over the last decade.  Upwards of 30-40 major surgeries are accomplished over a 10 day trip.  Despite the myriad of otolaryngology pathology, the focus will be on major cases regarding otology and the head and neck.  The resident's role includes participation in clinical patient examinations, formulation or plans, supervised surgeries by attending staff (or own and recruited), abbreviated postoperative care, and medical/surgical didactic lectures and operative instruction of the local developing surgical program.  Of those who have gone, this is a highly education and fulfilling experience.

medical missions- malawi

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