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Educational Programs in Otolaryngology

Faculty in the Department of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School offer a comprehensive collection of rounds, lecture series’ and courses as part of their commitment to training future leaders in otolaryngology. Some of these programs are specific to the Harvard Otolaryngology Residency Program, while others are available to the broader community.

For a comprehensive schedule of educational conferences and events, please see the Harvard Medical School Department of Otology and Laryngology online calendar.

For more information on our educational programs, please contact our ENT Education office at 617-573-3654.

Education Lecture Series

Thursday Mornings, 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.

meltzerSupplementary to the hands-on training that is cultivated in the operating room, in outpatient clinics and in our laboratories, teaching conferences are an essential part of the otolaryngology curriculum. From case reviews to didactic sessions, a variety of topics are covered during our Education Lecture Series, a dedicated 2-hour block on Thursday mornings that includes Grand Rounds, Study Sessions and other presentations as part of the rotating curriculum.

The Harvard Otolaryngology Residency Program is structured so that each subspecialty is represented over the course of the year. These subspecialties (head and neck surgical oncology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, otology and neurotology, pediatric otolaryngology, general otolaryngology, rhinology and laryngology) provide formal teaching conferences within designated subspecialty blocks.

Facial Plastic
and Reconstructive Surgery
Otology and Neurotology
Pediatric Otolaryngology
General Otolaryngology, Rhinology, Laryngology
Head and Neck Surgical Oncology
View more information on Harvard Otolaryngology Residency Program rotations and educational objectives.

The Lecture Series consists of Grand Rounds from 7-8am in the Meltzer Auditorium. Grand Rounds lectures are open to all of our residents, fellows and staff, as well as other otolaryngologists in the community. Speakers are drawn from otolaryngology and related specialties, often from within the Harvard Medical School community, but also from other local medical institutions. The primary goal of Grand Rounds is to bring the larger community together with a speaker or panel discussion that relates to the current subspecialty block. Category 1 CME credit is available for these 7am conferences.

The second hour of the Education Lecture Series, from 8 to 9a.m., is designed as a resident Study Session. During the study session, residents lead a didactic session that reflects or responds to the grand rounds lecture of the previous hour.

On the fourth Thursday of every month, the Lecture Series includes an M&M Conference and a FOCUS research presentation. FOCUS presentations are research project updates given by residents and fellows.

The M&M Conference is a national initiative mandated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The conference is an opportunity to review cases and foster high-quality discussions. It is also a valuable tool that encourages problem-based learning and improvement, as the residents review the related literature and engage in thoughtful discussions on how to minimize risk and promote patient safety.

Visiting Professors

The program also offers Visiting Professor lectures throughout the year. For this series, the program selects prominent otolaryngologists from other institutions to provide lectures that represent particular areas of expertise.

Recent speakers from the Visiting Professor series:

Professor Paul Van de Heyning, University of Antwerp, Belgium
"Cochlear implant for single-sided deafness." 
Harold F. Schuknecht Lectureship in Otology
Lawrence R. Lustig, M.D., University of California, San Francisco
"Presbycusis and noise-induced hearing loss: old problems and new paradigms."
Harry Quon, M.D., Johns Hopkins University
"Modern concepts and approaches to treatment de-intensification in the management of head and neck cancers."
Gillespie Visiting Professor
Andrew P. Lane, M.D., Johns Hopkins University
"Chronic Rhinosinusitis: Perspectives from the bench and from the bedside."
Harold F. Schuknecht Lectureship in Otology
Levent Sennaroglu, M.D., Haceteppe University, Ankara, Turkey
"Cochlear implant and auditory brain stem implant in inner ear malformations."
Claudio R. Cernea, M.D., University of Sao Paulo Medical School
"Skin cancers with lateral skull base invasion."
Ehab Hanna, M.D., MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas
"Sinonasal cancers: Progress, challenges, and future directions."
Bradford A. Woodworth, M.D., University of Alabama, Birmingham
"Acquired apical C channel deficiency: a new model in the pathogenesis of chronic sinusitis."
Jeffrey Myers, M.D., Ph.D., MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas
"Oral cavity cancer."
Daniel Alam, M.D., Cleveland Clinic
"Face transplant."
Roy Casiano, M.D., F.A.C.S., University of Miami School of Medicine
"Endoscopic anterior skull base resection."
Vito Quatela, M.D., University of Rochester
"Revision rhinoplasty."

Quality, Humanism and Professionalism

An additional program that replaces the Thursday morning conferences on a quarterly basis is the Quality, Humanism and Professionalism (QHP) lecture series. Founded and co-directed by Paul M. Konowitz, M.D., F.A.C.S., the QHP lecture series was developed at Mass. Eye and Ear to emphasize the importance of professionalism, teamwork, a commitment to duty and empathy for patients in the residency curriculum, topics that are not often formally discussed past medical school. A combined initiative between the departments of otolaryngology, ophthalmology, radiology, anesthesia, and nursing, the overarching goal of the QHP program is to educate physicians in those crucial aspects of medical practice, which will allow them to provide more humanistic, higher quality professional medical care. Speakers are drawn from a variety of disciplines, including those from the Harvard Medical School community, as well as nationally recognized experts.

Recent speakers from the Quality, Humanism and Professionalism series:

Lynn K. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Dean of Diversity Affairs, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
"Implicit Bias: How this may challenge decision making."
Kevin Pho, M.D.,
"Connect and be heard: Make a difference in health care with social media."
Aaron Farber, M.S.N., R.N.-B.C.
Alex Grilli, M.D.
Michael McDonald
"High tech or high stress? How technology affects our caregivers."
Elizabeth Gaufberg, M.D., Director, Center of Professional Development, Cambridge Health Alliance
"Common boundary challenges in the doctor-patient relationship."
Lucian Peape, M.D., Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health
"Professionalism and the golden rule."
Peter Friedensohn, M.D.
Paul Konowitz, M.D.
John Loewenstein, M.D.
"View from the bed: When doctors get sick."
Dunia Abdul-Aziz, M.D.
Gregory W. Randolph, M.D.
David Lesnik, M.D.
"Mass. Eye and Ear Mission Trips."
Eugene Beresin, M.D., Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, MGH and McLean Hospital
"Striking accord: a new educational model for the doctor's relationship with patients and students."
Susan Block, M.D., Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital
"The Experience of Life-Threatening Illness."
Stancel Riley, M.D., Executive Director, Board of Registration in Medicine
"Quality vs. Quantity: Post-op prescribing of opioids. How much is enough?"
Luis Sanchez, M.D., Director, Physician Health Services, Massachusetts Medical Society
"Physician Health: Physicians Helping Physicians."
Lawrence J. Epstein, M.D., Medical Director, Sleep Health Centers
"Sleep deprivation and obstructive sleep apnea."
Mark S. Volk, D.M.D., M.D., Boston Children's Hospital
"Simulation in pediatric ENT."
David Roberson, M.D., Boston Children's Hospital
"Medical and surgical errors."
Sigall Bell, M.D., Division of Infectious Diseases, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
"When things go wrong: improving the patient, family and clinician experience with medical error."
Matthew Hutter, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Center for Clinical Effectiveness in Surgery, Mass General
"Restructuring the M&M surgical conference at MGH."
Jo Shapiro, M.D., Division Chief of Otolaryngology, Brigham and Women's Hospital
"Disclosure and apology: a mission, not just a mandate."

Additional Educational Conferences


The Harvard Otolaryngology Residency Program offers an array of additional educational conferences that are specific to the subspecialties of otolaryngology (head and neck surgical oncology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, otology and neurotology, pediatric otolaryngology, rhinology and laryngology) in addition to the Education Lecture Series.

The regular educational conferences are structured in various ways to offer residents comprehensive discussion of the subspecialty areas. Clinical case review conferences offer an opportunity to discuss complex cases and to gather feedback from all the attending surgeons from that subspecialty. During journal club conferences, the residents select different published articles and lead a discussion on those published works. Special problems conferences offer an in-depth discussion of highly unusual or complicated cases.

The following regular teaching conferences are offered at Mass. Eye and Ear:
  • ENT Pathology Conferences
  • Facial Nerve Conference
  • Head and Neck Case Review
  • Issues in Research
  • Otology Conferences, including a Journal Club, Special Problems in Otology, and the Otopathology Conference
  • Pediatric Hearing Loss Case Conference
  • Rhinology Conferences, including a Journal Club and Special Problems in Rhinology
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Conference

Additional teaching conferences for residents and fellows are held at Boston Children’s Hospital. For more information, please visit

For a full schedule of all regular educational conferences within the Harvard Medical School Department of Otology and Laryngology community, please see our online department calendar.

Resident Dissection Courses

rDissection courses for Harvard Otolaryngology residents offer advanced, hands-on instruction using anatomic, cadaveric specimens. The majority of these courses take place in our state-of-the-art Joseph B. Nadol, Jr., M.D., Otolaryngology Surgical Training Laboratory.

Basic Anatomy: Cadaveric dissection for head and neck anatomy for PGY2 residents and directed by Barbara Fullerton, Ph.D.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Dissection Course: A combined course with the Boston University and Tufts otolaryngology residency programs, usually held on a Saturday in November for PGY2 and PGY3 residents.

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Courses: Including fracture plating, rhinoplasty and local flaps.

Microlaryngoscopy Dissection: One full day session for PGY3 and PGY4 residents

Temporal Bone Dissection Course: Comprised of four separate full day sessions for PGY2 and PGY3 residents

Continuing Medical Education

Continuing medical education programs are designed to provide the most up to date information and strategies for physicians and allied health professionals. These courses are offered through Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education, with the goal of optimizing patient care. Members of our faculty direct the following courses: 

For upcoming course information, please see our online department calendar.

Society Meetings

As active participants in the otolaryngology community, trainees in the Harvard Otolaryngology Residency Program often attend and contribute to regional, national and international society meetings, including the annual meetings of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) and the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM).

Harvard Otolaryngology residents are also heavily involved in the New England Otolaryngology Society (NEOS), a regional otolaryngology society for otolaryngologists in the New England area. NEOS members meet three times per year to discuss topics relevant to the advancement of the science and practice of otolaryngology. At each meeting, a resident from each of the New England otolaryngology residency programs present case presentations and well-known otolaryngologists from the region and nation provide lectures on topics specific to otolaryngology.

View information on upcoming NEOS meetings.