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Residency Program Overview


The University of Kansas School of Medicine Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (OTOHNS) training program accepts four new residents each year through the National Resident Matching Program (  We receive between 250 and 300 submissions annually.  Approximately fifty applicants are invited to interview. Applicants must graduate from a LCME-accredited medical school in the United States or Canada and be able to obtain Kansas and Missouri medical licenses.

The interview day consists of round robin interviews with program faculty and PGY-3 residents. The remaining OTOHNS residents are available for questions and tours during breaks. Following the interviews, the faculty meets to prepare a rank list of the applicants in preparation for the final rank list submission. Interviewees are ranked based on their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal demeanor. The final NRMP match results are then available in March.

General Information

The OTOHNS program consists of five years of OTOHNS training under the direction of the Residency Program Director, Shannon Kraft, MD and Associate Program Director, Lisa Shnayder, MD. The department's research program is directed by the Resident Research Committee, chaired by the OTOHNS Director of Research, Dianne Durham, PhD and Kevin Sykes, PhD, MPH.

The University of Kansas Residency Program received a favorable review with commendation by the ACGME OTOHNS Residency Review Committee in 2010. No citations were given and a maximum five-year inter-review interval was awarded. Additionally, our Residency Program was rewarded a ten-year cycle within the ACGME's next accreditation system (NAS).

Residents spend much of their training at the University of Kansas Hospital, where they rotate on the KU Blue Service (H&N Oncology) and KU Red Service (Rhinology/FPRS/Laryngology/Otology).  Residents get additional subspecialty and outpatient procedure experience on the KU Purple rotation at KU MedWest.  Additional rotations at Children's Mercy Hospital (CMH), Truman Medical Center (TMC) and the Kansas City Veteran's Administration (KCVA) provide a well-rounded experience in variety of practice environments.

The University of Kansas Department of OTOHNS supports three Fellowships:  Head & Neck Surgery, Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery and Facial Plastics/Reconstructive Surgery.  Fellows serve as Clinical Instructors while completing their year of subspecialty training.  Additionally, Children's Mercy Hospital sponsors a Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellow, with whom the residents work closely. 

Last modified: Nov 14, 2017
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