Residency Didactics

Didactics sessions include weekly small-group presentations given by faculty and residents to cover a curriculum broadly based on the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery blueprint for qualifying/certifying exams but utilizes resources including those of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery including FLEX and other resources such as BoardVitals. 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.

UConn John Dempsey Hospital Head & Neck Conference: Wednesdays, 4 to 5 p.m.

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

Grand Rounds: Third Thursday of the month, 5 to 6 p.m.

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

Connecticut Children's Airway Conference: Fourth Thursday of the month, 7 a.m.

Hartford Hospital Skull Base Conference: First Friday of the month, 7 a.m.

Hartford Hospital Craniofacial Trauma Conference: Second Monday of the month, 5:30 p.m.

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

Hartford Hospital Head & Neck Conference: Second and fourth Friday, 7 a.m.

Temporal Bone Lab: Saturdays in April

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


Presentations/Interactive Sessions: Didactic sessions.

Resident Presentations: Residents will incorporate a 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