The Department of Otolaryngology shares the University of Minnesota’s commitment to quality education for our students.

What makes our program so strong?

  • Opportunities. Our clinical home at the University of Minnesota Medical Center is continually ranked one of the nation’s top hospitals in a number of specialties, including otolaryngology – giving students top-notch, hands-on experiences.
  • Expertise. Students have access to some of the most accomplished and highly regarded clinical and research professionals in the field.
  • Collaboration. Our faculty embraces the University of Minnesota’s commitment to interdisciplinary education, preparing students for their professional careers in an environment of collaborative care.

The department provides educational programs for:

Residency Program

Earn your residency training alongside top physicians in a collaborative setting. 

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The Department of Otolaryngology offers three fellowships: a 2-year neurotology fellowship, a 1-year fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology, and a 1-year fellowship in facial plastic reconstructive surgery.  

Medical students

Typically, medical students participate in a required surgical subspecialty rotation for four weeks. Otolaryngology is a popular choice, especially for those considering a career in primary care. 


Visiting Clerkships

Not a U of M student? Find out how you can apply for an externship to complement your education. 

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A note about observerships

The Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota is not usually able to offer observerships for medical school graduates due to obligations to our own trainees. On rare occasions arrangements for an educational experience may be initiated by a Department of Otolaryngology faculty member.

Video: Residency Program Overview

Residency program coordinator Seth Janus, M.D. and current resident Brianne Roby, M.D., give an overview of our program and discuss how a culture of mentorship helps us train future leaders in the field of otolaryngology.