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Residency Program Overview

General Information

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 ( The faculty reviews resident applications received through the NRMP. 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. Approximately fifty applicants are invited for interviews each year. The program faculty and PGY-3 residents interview invited applicants. The remaining OTOHNS residents are also available for questions and tours during interview days. Interviewees are ranked on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal demeanor. The University of Kansas Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Program does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran status. Following the interviews, the faculty meets to prepare a rank list of the applicants in preparation for the final rank list submission. The final NRMP match results are then available in March.

Residents 2016

The OTOHNS program consists of five years of OTOHNS training. The entire five years of clinical training is 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 has 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. In addition our Residency Program was rewarded a ten year cycle within the ACGME's next accreditation system (NAS). The Residency Program was approved in 2008 by the Otolaryngology Resident Review Committee to expand from three to four OTOHNS residents per PGY-level.

There is currently a Head and Neck Fellow and Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellow at The University of Kansas Department of OTOHNS and a Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellow at Children's Mercy Hospital.  All three fellows serve as clinical instructors at the same time while completing their year of subspecialty training.

Last modified: Feb 24, 2017