The Wake Forest School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology welcomes all fourth- year medical students to apply for a rotation. This program provides students with the opportunity to gain more in-depth clinical exposure in all areas of Otolaryngology including:

  • Otology and neuro-otology
  • Head and neck oncology
  • Reconstruction
  • Anterior and lateral skull base surgery
  • Rhinology/para-nasal sinus disease
  • Facial plastics
  • Laryngology
  • Pediatric otolaryngology.

Visiting students will have the same experience and expectations as home students, though it is up to the discretion of the visitor’s own institution if they will grant the student AI credit or not. A mandatory Self-Directed Learning Presentation is a component of all Acting Internships. The presentation consists of a 15-minute PowerPoint-style presentation to the entire department during a Grand Rounds conference session.


  1. To provide students ample exposure to each otolaryngology area / subspecialty. 
  2. To competently diagnose and formulate appropriate treatment recommendations for common otolaryngology diagnoses. 
  3. To broaden the students understanding of how head and neck anatomy is integrated into surgical planning and dissection. 
  4. To provide extensive opportunity for exposure to the continuum of Otolaryngic care in the outpatient and inpatient clinical settings, emergency department, and operating rooms.

Course Content

The student will begin each day by rounding with his/her assigned clinical team. The student will assist in completion of the therapeutic plan for his/her patients. The student will then proceed to the operating room or outpatient clinic, as discussed with his/her supervising residents.  The student will have ample opportunity to interact with all residents and faculty throughout the rotation. Attendance at all departmental conferences and lectures is mandatory.

Alternative Date Policy

If the dates above will not work for you, Otolaryngology is part of a new pilot program, which will allow students to visit on their home school's schedule. To participate in the pilot, you will need to email our clerkship coordinator to request dates and receive approval prior to entering any requests in VSLO. Once approved by the clerkship director, you will need to select the closest block dates listed in VSLO, and the coordinator will manually change the dates to those requested and offer them to you in the system. A minimum of 60 days' notice is required for alternate schedule requests.