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Residency Program Overview

Shannon Kraft MDGreetings 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.

This year, as you well know, is unlike any other. Recruitment, rotations and interview have gone virtual. Daunting? Anxiety provoking? To be sure. But obstacles created by the Pandemic have also given rise to innovative new ways to communicate and interact with applicants, allowing us to get to connect with more of our future Otolaryngology colleagues as they take the next steps along their career path. Here at KU, we are taking advantage of this opportunity to explore the entire spectrum of avenues for engagement. We have offered webinars focusing on program basics and our research program, zoom sessions to meet our faculty and residents, invited interested students to participate in our didaditcs, case conferences, and research meetings, hosted hosted "Virtual Office Hours" to allow for one on one question/answer and discussion.  If you can't find what 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.

Looking forward to helping each of you to explore our specialty and to get the know our Department. Welcome to KU ENT!

Shannon M. Kraft, MD


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 able to obtain Kansas and Missouri medical licenses.  Typically, we receive between 200 and 250 submissions annually.  Approximately fifty applicants are invited to interview.  When we host on-campus interviews, the face-to-face experience 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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are re-designing our interview process to optimize our ability to connect with candidates and showcase our awesome program during virtual recruitment.  Stay tuned for details.

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 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. Our Clinical Competency Chair Justin Bond, MD 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 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.

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: Dec 09, 2020
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Shannon Kraft, MD

Toni Holthaus
(913) 588-6739

Department of Otolaryngology–
Head & Neck Surgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 3010
Kansas City, KS 66160
P: 913-588-6739
F: 913-945-7415

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