The Otolaryngology Residency program at Wake Forest School of Medicine has been widely recognized as a high-quality training experience for decades. This is due in part to our long history of having a faculty with low turnover and a dedication to teaching.

We’ve been training residents since 1947, and we currently take three residents per year. Our diverse graduates pursue careers in private practice or academic medicine, or advance into fellowship training.

Why Train at Wake Forest?

Preparing a graduate capable of practicing otolaryngology independently requires comprehensive exposure to a wide variety of pathologic processes, time to develop surgical skills, exposure to faculty to emulate strong physician-patient relationships and the ability to competently scrutinize medical literature.

This experience is gained through our complete curriculum, which provides thorough training in clinical medicine and research.

"Our program is diverse and comprehensive. Having at least one, and usually multiple faculty who are fellowship-trained in all of the major specialties within our field, allows us to expose and train our residents to the full spectrum of Otolaryngology.",

- Brian Downs, MD, Residency Program Director.

Read the full Otolaryngology Residency Director’s welcome message.

Program Goals

  • Train physicians to be competent and compassionate practitioners
  • Provide residents with inpatient clinical experience as part of a subspecialty team
  • Focus on patient-centered training during the outpatient clinical residency experience
  • Create opportunities for gaining knowledge in otolaryngology surgical expertise

Program Benefits Highlights

As a Wake Forest resident you will receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
Learn more about the standard benefits available to Wake Forest Residents. Program-specific benefits, if available, can be found on the program application page.