Department of Otolaryngology

Curriculum

Didactics

There is a resident-directed, structured didactic schedule every Wednesday morning from 8 AM - 10 AM.  Several scheduled didactic sessions are scheduled each week with lectures on topics directly relevant to developing core knowledge in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Didactic sessions held each week include Grand Rounds, Tumor Board, and Skull Base Film Conference. In addition, there is an annual Sinus & Anatomy course with cadaver lab in the fall, as well as a temporal bone anatomy course.  Bi-yearly, the Voice Center sponsors a Laser Course.  Incoming PGY-1 residents participate in the The Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) program and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and BLS (Basic Life Support) through WISER.  

Journal Club & Annual Resident Retreat

Program Directors Barry Schaitkin, MD and VyVy Young, MD host various journal clubs throughout the academic year at local Pittsburgh restaurants.  The annual resident retreat provides residents an exclusive opportunity to convene as a collective group with their fellow peers and program directors.  In recent years, the retreat has been held at the Trillium Lodge, located in the serene setting of Ohiopyle State Park.  This overnight experience provides residents the opportunity to review the residency program goals, objectives, and do team building activites together such as white water rafting and paintball.