Yale Otolaryngology Residency Program

The Yale Otolaryngology Residency Program is composed of highly dedicated head and neck physicians and surgeons joined by a skilled team of rehabilitation specialists in speech, swallow, and hearing restoration. The mission is not only to provide the best medical care to patients with head and neck disease and disorders, but to train highly confident, responsible, and compassionate otolaryngologists. The Program offers an exceptionally strong training program, while encouraging independent thinking and scholarly investigation. Graduates from our program can expect to pass the American Board of Otolaryngology qualifying examination so that they may pursue their goals in fellowships, scientific research, private and/or academic practice.

Clinical Locations and Services

Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and the new state-of-the-art Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven are the primary teaching hospitals of Yale University School of Medicine. Graduate training in Otolaryngology is a five-year program, approved by the American Medical Association for certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Three candidates per year are accepted for training.

The Otolaryngology Sections see approximately 15,000 outpatients per year, of which approximately 2,000 are emergencies. A full spectrum of surgical procedures are performed.

The work of the resident staff in the clinic and operating room is under the supervision of the full-time Chief of Service and the attending staff. The house officers are given progressively more responsibility as his/her judgment and technical skills develop.

The Hearing and Balance Center and the Speech & Swallow Center of the Section of Otolaryngology provides complete services for patients with hearing or speech problems. Audiologists work closely with the house officers during clinic sessions and are active in the training program. Specialized audiologic tests, including current neuro-otologic techniques, help localize the site of pathology in the auditory or vestibular pathways. An active Speech Pathology Program is conducted, providing services for a wide range of speech and swallow disorders.


In addition to opportunities for clinical research in the above areas, the house officers participate in laboratory research, either in the laryngology or otology laboratories. Dedicated research time is available during the fourth year of training.


Weekly conferences are held by the attending and house staff. Other conferences alternate between case presentations, specific problems in Otolaryngology, and review of basic sciences.

Each Wednesday throughout the academic year, sessions in basic science are held in the Otolaryngology Library. Part of the year is devoted to the dissection of the head and neck, other parts of the temporal bone surgery, pathology, rhinology and audiology.

Medical students are in constant attendance during the academic year in the clinics, patient divisions, and operating rooms. The house officers have benefit from the didactic teaching of the faculty. This includes, weekly neoplasm conference, research in progress seminar, morbidity and mortality conference, and conferences of special interest in the Department of Medicine and Pediatrics.

Subinternships Electives

Visiting and/or international students interested in a subinternship or elective should contact the Office of International Health and Student Programs by calling 203.785.5937 or by emailing internal.health@yale.edu. Yale medical students interested in a clerkship should contact Terri.Tolson@yale.edu or call 203.785.5561.

Residency Applications

If you are interested in applying for the Yale Otolaryngology Residency Program, please apply through ERAS at https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras and through the NRMP at http://www.nrmp.org. Applications are due by November 1st.

To learn more about the Yale Otolaryngology Residency Program, please contact:

Karen Rispoli
Residency Program Coordinator
Yale-Otolaryngology (ENT) 
333 Cedar Street
PO Box 208041
New Haven, CT 06520-8041
Phone: 203.785.3181
Fax: 203.785.3970