PGY-1 residents in The University of Kansas OTOHNS Residency Program complete one year of training in an integrated OTOHNS Surgery internship under the overall supervision of the department Residency Program Director. Residents rotate at The University of Kansas School of Medicine and at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine System, which includes St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City VA Medical Center and Truman Medical Center.
Training includes rotations in neurosurgery, anesthesia, emergency medicine, medical intensive care unit, general surgery, plastic surgery, surgical oncology, surgery night float, as well as rotations on the OTOHNS Team for two to three months. During this year, residents attend departmental and divisional conferences in surgery and otolaryngology and apply for membership to the AAO-HNS. Residents are closely involved in pre- and postoperative care of patients, making daily inpatient rounds, performing simple surgical procedures, and assisting in more complex operations. Residents focus on surgical technique, multidisciplinary management of major trauma victims, including patients with significant fluid and electrolyte disturbances, and patients who require ICU observation.