Residency Program


Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
   30th Residents Research Day & Baxter Lectureship
                            June 9th, 2022


Resident Training Manual

Program Director: Dr. Keith Richardson


The residency in otolaryngology is an integrated university program involving the following institutions:

  • Montreal Children's Hospital
  • Montreal General Hospital
  • Royal Victoria Hospital
  • Sir Mortimer B. Davis — Jewish General Hospital

The program exposes the resident to the broad field of otolaryngology - head and neck surgery for both pediatric and adult populations. This includes training in pathology, audiology, radiology, and speech therapy. It is compulsory for all residents to pass the Principles of Surgery Examination before being eligible to sit for the Otolaryngology Royal College exams. Residents can apply to write their POS exam only after two years (1year of General Surgery, 1 year of Otolaryngology).

Clinical teaching will also involve the vestibular and voice laboratories, rhinology and endoscopic sinus surgery, otology and neurotology, head and neck and skull base surgery.

The McGill Simulation Centre is used extensively for teaching CanMEDs roles and other facial plastic/rhinology courses and airway basics courses.

Training is of five-years' duration in accordance with the requirements of the Collège des Médecins du Québec and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The training period includes one year of General Surgery and four years of Otolaryngology. It is compulsory for all residents to pass the Principles of Surgery Examination after two years of training (1 year General Surgery and four years of Otolaryngology). One year during the otolaryngology period is an enrichment year made up of basic science research, head and neck anatomy demonstration, a statistics course and clinical rotations.

The didactic learning process includes a series of basic science and clinical lectures given weekly through the academic year. University grand rounds are held weekly at which time selective topics in otolaryngology are discussed. Clinical rounds are held weekly at each hospital. A journal club is held every two months. Research facilities are available to permit the resident to observe and learn the specialized techniques employed in electronystagmography, voice evaluation, nasal airflow, and audiology. A full-equipped temporal bone laboratory is available for residents to familiarize themselves with the techniques of modern temporal bone surgery.

There is a visiting professor program wherein five distinguished otolaryngologists from other centres visit the department each year for two days.

Practicing advanced airway techniques with residents and faculty from across Canada


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