Residency Program

The residency in Otolaryngology is an ACGME-accredited integrated university program with a certificate issued by Wayne State University School of Medicine after successful completion of the training program. The residency includes clinical, research, and academic training conducted at a variety of facilities throughout the Detroit Metropolitan area. The overall mission is to provide excellent training to residents in otolaryngology with the expectation the graduates will become board-certified proficient practitioners and academicians. The Department of Otolaryngology has 20 residents (four per post-graduate year) and additional openings for fellows in Neurotology, and Head & Neck Surgical Oncology. The residency program is governed in large measure by an updated curriculum and the rules detailed in the Resident Handbook.



Grand Rounds and the Head and Neck Tumor Conference are held weekly on Wednesday mornings.

In addition to the regularly scheduled educational activities, all residents are asked to take the Continuing Education Course of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Funds are available for residents to attend the national meetings or selected special instruction courses at other institutions when presenting at these meetings.

The Program Director for the residency program is John Cramer, M.D. Rotations at participating hospitals are managed by a faculty site director, who is responsible for the quality and quantity of the otolaryngologic experience at his/her respective institution:

  • John D. Dingell Veteran's Administration Hospital (550) beds - Dr. Cramer is the site director at this facility
  • Karmanos Cancer Institute and hospital - Dr. Raza is the site director of this facility
  • Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn  Dr. Carron serves as site director for the Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn system.

The residency program is managed by the Faculty as a whole. There is also a Resident Recruitment Committee and a Resident Review Committee for the purpose of resident evaluations, recruitment and counsel. The Faculty meets monthly to review educational programs and evaluate resident suggestions, and annually with resident representation for review, evaluations and strategy for the next year. The Resident Recruitment Committee is chaired by Dr. Cramer and is composed of numerous full-time clinical and research faculty members and the chief administrative resident. This committee evaluates applications, conducts interviews and selects residents for the Match. The Resident Review Committee, which is chaired by the Department Chairman, Dr. Cramer, evaluates resident performance biannually with an opportunity for feedback and discussion that will enhance education. The faculty meets with the resident representative at the end of the year to review recommendations, confidential evaluations and suggestions for quality improvement.

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