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WelcomeShannon Kraft MD

Greetings from Kansas City! Whether you are an 4th year medical student navigating your path toward an Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery Residency position, or an M2 exploring ENT as a possible career choice, we are excited for you to get to know more about KU ENT. This portion of our website is dedicated to helping interested students learn about our specialty and our program.

As I look ahead to the next application cycle, I cannot help but reflect on the academic year that was 2020-2021.  With the pandemic sweeping across the nation last spring, we found ourselves faced with a number of unknowns.  How would we protect our residents while ensuring their education was not degraded by the impact of COVID-19 on our hospitals and clinics?  How could we possibly recruit a new cohort of Otolaryngology applicants when there were no away rotations or in person interviews?  Why did they name the company “Zoom?” 

I found myself reminded of a scene in William Goldman’s “The Princess Bride” when the protagonists were about enter the dreaded Fire Swamp

            “We’ll never survive!”

            “Non-sense.  You’re only saying that because no one ever has.”

No one in recent history had the experience to manage resident/medical education during a global pandemic.  I cannot express enough how grateful I was to be a member of the OTO-HNS community as we came together to tackle this challenge.  Multi-institutional educational consortiums stood up practically overnight.  Programs developed a variety of models for virtual open houses and recruiting events for applicants who were unable to travel and do away rotations. At KU, we made connecting with applicants with no home program a priority.  We developed a model for a virtual sub-internship, hosting and connecting with over 30 virtual rotators.  Taking the lessons we learned in the “fire swamp” that was 2020, we found ways to improve our training environment that we hadn’t considered possible before the pandemic, and will continue to use long after the pandemic passes.  We didn’t just survive, we thrived…arriving on the other side stronger, smarter and more resilient than we were before. 

I look forward to the next academic year and can’t wait to see what challenges and successes are ahead for KU OTO-HNS.  If you can't find the answers you seek or the information you are looking for on this website, drop us a line via the "Ask a Question" link or send us an email. We are here to help.

Welcome to KU OTO-HNS!
Shannon M. Kraft, MD, Residency Program Director


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 (  Applicants must graduate from a LCME-accredited medical school in the United States or Canada and be eligible to obtain Kansas and Missouri medical licenses.  In the last three years we received between 350 and 400 submissions.  Approximately fifty applicants are invited to interview, although we increased the number of interview spots during the pandemic.  The interview experience consists of round robin interviews with program faculty and residents, with opportunities to ask questions of residents in less formal group settings.  Interviewees are ranked based on their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials and communication skills.  We were able to successfully replicate our interview process virtually during the height of the pandemic, but very much look forward to having in-person interviews again in the future.

General Information

The OTOHNS program consists of five years of OTOHNS training under the direction of the Residency Program Director Shannon Kraft, MD and Associate Program Director Justin Bond, MD.  The Department's research program is directed by the Resident Research Committee, chaired by the OTOHNS Director of Research, Dianne Durham, PhD, and Clinical Research Director Kevin Sykes, PhD, MPH. Our Clinical Competency Committee helps to ensure successful learning outcomes in our robust training program. Senior Program Coordinator Toni Holthaus, MBA provides day-to-day coordination and support for the program leadership, current residents and fellows, and alumni.

The University of Kansas Residency Program has received favorable review with commendation by the ACGME OTOHNS Residency Review Committee and our Residency Program was rewarded a ten-year cycle within the ACGME's accreditation system.


Toni Holthaus, MBA
Senior Coordinator
(913) 588-6739

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