CLERKSHIP:  Otolaryngology-M3 Selective
DIRECTOR:  Jennings Boyette, M.D.
PHONE:  686-5017     MAIL SLOT:  543
COORDINATOR:  Toni Sanders, Email address is
DURATION:  2 weeks

Course Description:

 Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery is a surgical subspecialty that treats several different organ systems within the region of the head and neck. This course offers exposure to all of the further subspecialties within Otolaryngology:  Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (to include all forms of plastic surgery within the face and neck, cosmetic and reconstructive), Head & Neck Oncology (surgical care of cancers of the face and neck, thyroid surgery, and microsurgical reconstruction), Otology & Neurotology (microscopic ear surgery, such as cochlear implantation), Rhinology (endoscopic surgery for the paranasal sinuses and skull base), Laryngology (care and surgery for the voice and for vocal professionals), Pediatric Otolaryngology (congenital head and neck deformities and diseases, including cleft lip and palate).

 Grading Criteria:

  1. Attendance (per attendance policy)
  2. Faculty Evaluations
  3. Completion of Requirement Checklist

Specific Duties of Junior Students:

  1.  Participate in patient care in clinic and during surgery.
  2. Attend inpatient rounds and any scheduled educational meetings.
  3. Attend all didactic lectures and small group discussions.
  4. Read and be able to discuss syllabus materials.

Requirement Checklist Items:

  1.  Perform a comprehensive head and neck exam including assessment of the larynx.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency at the nasal examination and an understanding of nasal anatomy.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of otologic anatomy and perform a comprehensive otologic examination.
  4. Perform bag mask ventilation and intubate a patient for surgery.
  5. Complete patient encounter log of 6 different clinic encounters and 7 different surgical encounters.

Attendance Policy:

  1.  If you have ANY PLANNED ABSENCES, for ANY REASON, during your Otolaryngology rotation, you must notify the clerkship coordinator in writing on the first day of the block and request an excused absence for the day (or portions of the days) to be missed.
  2. UNPLANNED ABSENCES will be determined to be excused or unexcused on a case by case basis. Please note that an unplanned absence that reasonably could have been planned in advance will be considered unexcused. It is an expectation of the course that unplanned absences will be rare. An unexcused absence may also result in failure of the course.


A Summer Clerkship in ENT (ASCENT)

In response to the need for earlier exposure to the field of otolaryngology (ENT) during medical school we have created A Summer Clerkship in ENT (ASCENT), a 4-week program for students who have completed their first year of medical school at the UAMS College of Medicine. This program will be modeled after the M4 ENT elective with clinical rotations and shadowing at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). In addition to clinical ENT experience, students will be paired with an Otolaryngology faculty mentor with whom they will start a research project and learn more about the academic aspect of ENT. Students will be required to give a short presentation on the otolaryngology topic of their choice at the end of the 4-week program. Because this is an educational experience, no stipends will be offered.

Who: Students who have completed their M1 year in the UAMS College of Medicine.

When: June 3 – 28, 2019

Email completed application in MS Word or PDF format to Otolaryngology Director of Research, Dr. Deanne King at by Monday March 25, 2019.

Please direct any inquiries to Otolaryngology Residency Program Director, Dr. Abby Nolder at

Download the ASCENT application (Word)