Residency Didactics

Didactics sessions include weekly small-group presentations given by faculty and residents to cover a curriculum broadly based on the American Academy of Otolaryngology’s Online Study Guide. Formal lectures are supplemented by case discussions, pathology review and "hands-on" teaching activities. Educational sessions also include instruction on anatomy and surgical techniques of the temporal bone conducted in our state-of-the-art temporal bone laboratory. Residents are provided around the clock access to all educational material and facilities.


All residents will be relieved of their clinical responsibilities each Thursday from 2:30 to 6 p.m. In addition, residents are expected to attend when assigned to the Craniofacial Trauma Service.

ENT Conference: Thursdays, 3 to 6 p.m.

QA/CME Craniofacial Trauma Conference: Second Monday of every month, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Hartford Hospital, Jefferson Building

M&M Conference: First Wednesday of every month, 5 to 6 p.m.

Journal Club: Last Wednesday of the month, 5 to 6 p.m.

HH Radiology Conference: First and fourth Thursday, 7 a.m.

Connecticut Children's Airway Conference (Dr. Kavanagh): Fourth Thursday of the month, 7 a.m. (video conference at UConn Health)

Temporal Bone Lab: Saturdays in the Spring

Mock Orals and Simulation Center: Quarterly at Hartford Hospital/Connecticut Children's


Presentations/Interactive Sessions: Didactic sessions based on the OOSG template.

Resident Presentations: Residents will incorporate a Baileys reading/discussion schedule for the first hour of the conference session.

Interactive Session: Several cases presented by the selected faculty or senior residents for "Socratic" teaching of the residents. Faculty may wish to try other interactive formats as alternatives to case presentations. The key is that the sessions are interactive and engaging of all levels of residents in attendance.

Journal Club: Three or four articles from recent journals as selected by the education director.

Faculty Lectures: Formal topic presentations by selected faculty (may include faculty outside the Otolaryngology Program).


  • Sinus Dissection Course: University of Connecticut/Yale Resident
  • Advanced Laryngeal Dissection Course
  • Midface Plating Course
  • Mandible Plating Course