As the first training program in Otolaryngology in the United States, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary has participated in the many changes in this specialty for nearly two centuries. The past forty years has seen enormous changes in this specialty which has lead to its popularity with medical students, accounting for the highly competitive residency positions.
For a current description of resident training at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and Affiliated Hospitals of New York Medical College, see Resident Training. For the history of Otolaryngology training at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, see the following article from Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, volume 72, pages 518-536, l997, entitled "The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary at 175 years: A Historical Review of the Department of Otolaryngology". The scope and breadth of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery has increased greatly in the past 2 decades. While the treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders still forms the core of otolaryngology, other areas such as Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Voice and Swallowing Disorders, Head & Neck Cancer and Skull Base Surgery have expanded the traditional borders of otolaryngology.
The Department of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery maintains a strong commitment to medical education. The residency program trains 4 otolaryngologists yearly; approximately half will continue to train across the U.S. in highly sought-after, advanced training programs in subspecialties of otolaryngology, and many recent graduates hold teaching positions at hospitals across the country. This commitment to residency training demands a commitment to continuing medical education from the academic staff. This same commitment to academic excellence attracts physicians from throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe to study with the doctors at the Department of Otolaryngology.
Routine conferences are held to discuss new advances and treatments in skull base surgery, facial plastic & reconstructive surgery, audiology, otology and pediatric otolaryngology, as well as radiology, pathology and Tumor Board for the head and neck. A fully equipped dissection lab is available for courses in temporal bone dissection and techniques in soft tissue surgery and sinus anatomy and surgery.