Residents assume increased teaching responsibilities for junior residents and medical students in the PGY-3 year. Residents spend 3 months on the KU Blue and KU Red Teams, where their time is divided between ICU/ward duties, inpatient and ER consults and the OR. PGY-3 residents begin to perform limited endoscopic sinus procedures and work on facial trauma cases, such as repair of mandibular and simple mid-face fractures. In addition, residents assist in increasingly complex oncologic procedures. Residents begin to have increased autonomy and manage more complex general otolaryngology and head and neck cases. PGY-3 residents run their own service while on rotation at St. Luke's Hospital (SLH), while experiencing a wide variety of General Otolaryngology cases, to include thyroidectomy, FESS and sleep surgery.
During the third year, residents participate in an annual temporal bone dissection course, learning anatomy and performing a range of otologic and neurotologic procedures on cadaveric temporal bones. This course allows residents to begin assisting in more involved otologic procedures in the OR suite. PGY-3 residents also attend a Sinus Course early in the year, providing them a foundation in endoscopic sinus skills prior participating in FESS.
During the PGY-3 year, OTOHNS residents have a dedicated three-month block of time for research, which is supervised by Dr. Dianne Durham, Dr. Sufi Thomas and Dr. Kevin Sykes. The Resident Research Committee monitors the research and the results are presented at the department's Graduation Day Research Symposium in June.