Academic Curriculum

Grand Rounds and Didactic Lectures

Each Friday morning the department hosts a Grand Rounds lecture, which is given by a resident, faculty member, or invited guest. This is followed by a one-hour didactic lecture given by a faculty member or guest.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference

Once each month the Morbidity and Mortality Conference replaces the Friday morning didactic series.

Head and Neck Tumor Boards

A weekly Treatment Planning Conference is hosted Thursday afternoons at Methodist University Hospital in conjunction with the UT/West Cancer Center.  New head and neck cancer cases from the services at Methodist, VAMC, and Regional One Health (ROH) are presented, staged and discussed to determine evidence-based treatment options.  The PGYII resident on the Methodist service is charged with preparing and presenting the cases.  Multiple disciplines participate, including Radiation Oncology, Hematology Oncology, Surgical Pathology, Radiology, and Speech Pathology.

Additionally the VA Medical Center has a weekly Head & Neck Treatment Planning Conference on Thursdays at noon, attended by the VA residents, and the ROH/Baptist junior and chief attend a twice-monthly Baptist Head & Neck Tumor Board.

Board Review

Board review sessions are directed by the chief residents and designated faculty and include review of high-yield topics and practice questions in preparation for the annual ABOto inservice examination as well as preparation for the oral and written boards. These sessions are currently held bi-monthly.

Journal Club

A monthly journal club meeting is a forum to review several pertinent articles from the current literature in a local restaurant. In addition, landmark articles are often reviewed as well.

Research Conferences

The Annual Ed Cocke Research Symposium consists of numerous research presentations given by all residents; clinical, basic science, and translational. Every year there is a nationally recognized guest speaker who gives multiple lectures and acts as judge for the resident awards.

Temporal Bone Course

Our department hosts a monthly temporal bone dissection session for the residents with hands-on dissection in our dedicated temporal bone laboratory. The temporal bone laboratory, with 12 drilling stations, is also open to the residents year-round with an ample supply of cadaveric bones for developing surgical dissection techniques.

Head & Neck Anatomy

Each year the PGY-1 residents attend all lectures and laboratory sessions of the Head & Neck section of the Gross Anatomy Course offered by the UTHSC College of Medicine Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in November and December.

Courses and Conferences

All residents are encouraged to attend regional and national courses, conferences, and academic meetings. Every year the PGY-1 & PGY-2 residents attend a regional simulation-based ORL boot camp, and the PGY-4 residents attend the AAFPRS State of the Art Facial Aesthetics course. All residents are encouraged to attend the numerous AO North America facial trauma courses. Travel funds are available for all residents.

Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery

910 Madison Avenue
Suite 430
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: 901-448-5885
Fax: 901-448-5120