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Affiliated Hospitals - Harvard Medical School
Otolaryngology Residency Program

Children's Hospital Boston

 Children's Hospital, the nation's largest pediatric medical center, is the major pediatric facility affiliated with Harvard Medical School. The institution has 350 beds and houses the largest pediatric research facility in the world, the John M. Enders Pediatric Research Laboratories. The hospital serves the children of Boston and New England, but also has a worldwide patient referral base.

The Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Disorders is the oldest otolaryngology department at a children's hospital in the United States. The Department was founded in 1930 by Charles Ferguson, M.D., and Carlisle Flake, M.D., pioneers of pediatric otolaryngology. Since that time, the Department has maintained a long and rich tradition of excellence in the diagnosis and management of head and neck disorders in the pediatric population.

The Department of Otolaryngology in Children's Hospital annually cares for about 10,000 ambulatory patients and about 1,000 inpatients, with approximately 1,200 inpatient procedures and another 1,200 procedures done in an ambulatory setting. The Department has a full-time staff in addition to two full-time fellows for a 12-month period. The goal of the Department for the residents is to provide a well-rounded medical and surgical experience of pediatric otolaryngology including the management of pediatric otologic disease, airway problems, nasal and sinus disease, as well as congenital, inflammatory and neoplastic disorders of the head and neck.

Teaching experience is gained through an intense medical student educational program when and if time permits. Residents also find an opportunity to enhance decision-making abilities with routine, complicated and urgent clinical situations.

Research at Children's Hospital

Research is a major focus of the department at Children's. Each staff member has both clinical and basic science research projects, and resident involvement is encouraged. In addition, the Department cooperates closely with the Departments of Speech, Hearing, and Audiology.