Welcome from the Program Director
The Residency Program in otolaryngology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has enjoyed a long and distinguished history in the training of outstanding practitioners in the specialty, having graduated its first resident in 1974. The Program is committed to vigorous and comprehensive training of residents in all subspecialties of otolaryngology, as well as facilitating the growth of young physicians into upstanding, respected, and ethical surgeons who become leaders in the specialty, the profession, and society at large, and role models for those whom they serve and teach. To that end, the faculty and residents in the Program are marked by exceptional collegiality and communication, love of the profession and specialty, and devotion to teaching. The clinical experience in the Program is broad and inclusive, comprising training in publicly and privately funded health care in a wide variety of settings, as well as contact with military medicine in San Antonio. Graduates from the Program are well prepared to enter community-based or academic practice, subspecialty fellowship, or federal service, and our alumni may be found successfully serving in all these settings. Our graduates are highly successful in the otolaryngology board-certification process, and in the life-long practice of the specialty. The Program welcomes applications from highly motivated, well-qualified candidates for training; individuals interested in application or clinical rotation in the department are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator.
John Morehead, MD, FACS, Assistant Professor and Program Director
Structure & Objectives
The residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio combines a vigorous and growing faculty, broad clinical experience and an intensive academic program. Upon successful completion of the program, the physician will have a contemporary knowledge of the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of disorders of the ear and temporal bone, speech and hearing, diseases of the nose and paranasal sinuses, head and neck cancer, maxillofacial trauma, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, general otolaryngology, laryngeal microsurgery and framework phonosurgery, bronchoesophagology, pediatric otolaryngology, otolaryngic allergy, and endoscopic sinus surgery.
The active education program includes several hours of required instructional courses and seminars each week. The program totals five years (including internship) and is divided into roughly one year of rotating internship and four years of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The resident is expected to master the fundamental knowledge and surgical techniques, render superior care and consideration to patients, and participate in the teaching programs of the Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, UTHSCSA.
Randal A. Otto, M.D., F.A.C.S., Professor and Chairman, Thomas Walthall Folbre, M.D. Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology
John Morehead, M.D., F.A.C.S., Assistant Professor
Residency Program Director
Frank R. Miller, M.D., F.A.C.S., Professor, Director Head and Neck Surgery
C. Blake Simpson, M.D., Professor,
Director, Voice Center
K. Christopher McMains, M.D., Associate Professor
G. Richard Holt, M.D., M.S.E., M.P.H., Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Christian Stallworth, M.D., Assistant Professor
John W. Youngblood, M.D., Clinical Professor
Mohan Natarajan, Ph.D., Director of Research
Ande Bao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Head and Neck Cancer Research
Jennifer Schreiner, AuD, Audiology
Clinical Faculty/Private Practice
Gilbert Ruiz, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor
Patrick Brown, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor
Diana Henderson, M.D., Clinical AssistantProfessor
Michael Bertino, M.D., Clinical AssistantProfessor
Daniel Fleming, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor
R. Nevin Rupp, M.D., Clinical Professor
Charles A. Syms III, M.D., FACS, Clinical Assistant Professor
Susan Marenda, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor
Brian Perry, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor
Hospitals & Clinics
The University Health System, is the main teaching facility for The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. It is a 560-bed hospital which serves a large urban population and also has facilities for private patients. Residents rotate to the University Health Center - Downtown
There is a clinical rotation for pediatric otolaryngology at Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital.
The South Texas Veterans Health Care System - Audie Murphy Division is located across the street from University Hospital and serves as a rotation site for PGY 1 residents.
Applications & Interviews
Two applicants are accepted for graduate training each
year. Applications must be submitted through the ERAS/NRMP. Selected applicants of
high standing and achievement will be invited for a personal interview.
Further information may be obtained from:
Residency Training Coordinator
Department of Otolaryngology
Head and Neck Surgery
The University of Texas
Health Science Center at San Antonio
8300 Floyd Curl Drive, MC 7777
San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900
PG I Surgical Internship
The candidate is required to take the surgical internship in the Department of Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. This year is specifically designed for the Otolaryngology resident with rotations in Oral Surgery, Trauma, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Anesthesia.
PG II - IV Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Teams
The PG II through PG IV rotations are all discipline- based rotations involving three teams.
Team A - Head & Neck Surgery/Laryngology
Team B - Otology/Rhinology/Facial Plastic Surgery
Team C - Pediatric Otolaryngology
These rotations occur primarily at the University Hospital, Christus Santa Rosa Childrens Hospital and the St. Luke's Baptist Hospital. A private rotation in the PG IV year also involves the Ear Medical Group and the Methodist Hospital.
Each facility has state of the art electronic medical record systems and offer unique educational opportunities. The University Hospital is the main teaching hub and is undergoing a $900 million building project to be completed in 2013. Christus Santa Rosa Childrens Hospital is the city's main childrens hospital. The St. Luke's facility, conveniently located one block away from the University Hospital and the MARC building, is the regional leader in robotic surgery.
Each year in training involves progressive learning with PG level appropriate goals, objectives and expectations.
PG II Goals and Objectives
The primary goals are to achieve diagnostic skills and competence in preoperative and postoperative patient management and improve operative skills in specifically identified procedures.
PG III Goals and Objectives
The primary goals are to achieve diagnostic skill, competence in preoperative and postoperative patient management and improve operative skills in specifically identified procedures.
PG IV Goals and Objectives
In the PG IV year the resident performs a wide variety of surgical procedures and gains additional experience in office diagnosis and treatment. Included in the private practice rotation is a 3-month full-time otology/neuro-otology experience with the Ear Medical Group. and a three to six month research rotation.
PG V Chief Resident Goals and Objectives
The Chief Residents divide their time equally between Team A and Team B where they are directly responsible for the clinical activity and administration of the service and perform advanced surgical procedures.
The Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Faculty, in conjunction with faculty members from other departments, provides several hours of formal teaching each week. Attendance and active participation in these conferences by all residents is mandatory.
- Temporal Bone Laboratory
- Communicative Disorders Conference
- Faculty Rounds
- Grand Rounds
- Case Presentation Rounds
- Journal Club
- Combined Modality Head and Neck Tumor Board
- Quality Assurance Conference
- Introduction to Audiology
- Introduction to Research Methods
- PG-II Introduction to Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Course*
- Pathology Conference
- Research Conference
- Core Competency Training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
- Seminars in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
* In conjunction with Brooke Army Medical Center and Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center Otolaryngology training programs.
Facilities are available for individual laboratory research in auditory anatomy and physiology,head and neck oncology, molecular biology of head-neck cancer, laryngeal anatomy and physiology, facial nerve neurophysiology, otitis media and middle ear pathophysiology, and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. The large clinical population permits extensive clinical research.
A research methods course is required for all residents. Each resident shall have the experience of completing a project of sufficient quality that it may be presented at a national meeting.
Meetings & Travel
The Department will provide funds for meetings where the resident presents an original clinical or laboratory research paper. In addition, Otolaryngology Departments at our sister institutions within The University of Texas System sponsor additional courses annually for which travel and registration may be provided, including bronchoesophagology and Temporal Bone Anatomy courses.