PGY-1 residents in The University of Kansas OTOHNS Residency Program complete one year of training in an integrated OTOHNS Surgery internship under the supervision of the department Residency Program Director. Residents rotate at The University of Kansas Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, the Kansas City VA Medical Center and Truman Medical Center.
PGY-1 residents spend six months on Otolaryngology-based rotations, to include (2) months on KU Blue, (1) month on KU Red, (1) month at Children's Mercy, (1) month on the ENT service at Truman Medical Center, and (1) month in the Neuro/ENT ICU. The remaining six months are spent rotating in the following clinical areas: Critical Care, General Surgery, and Neurological Surgery.
During the PGY-1 year, 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. During the second month of the KU Blue rotation, PGY-1s assume increased responsibilities, carrying the consult pager and taking buddy-call, as they begin the transition to their PGY-2 year. Residents attend departmental and divisional conferences in surgery and otolaryngology. Residents apply for membership to the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) in their PGY-1 year.