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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 200 and 250 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 Co-Associate Program Directors Lisa Shnayder, MD and Jennifer Villwock, 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/General).  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), Kansas City Veteran's Administration (KCVA), and Saint Luke's Hospital (SLH) provide a well-rounded experience in variety of practice environments.

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018
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Shannon Kraft, MD

Toni Holthaus
(913) 588-6739

Department of Otolaryngology–
Head & Neck Surgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
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Kansas City, KS 66160
P: 913-588-6739
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