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DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY
OTOLARYNGOLOGY/HEAD AND NECK SURGERY CLERKSHIP

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS ROTATING ON SERVICE AT ONCE.  Four (4).

LENGTH OF ROTATIONS.  Four (4) to six (6) weeks.

WILL TAKE STUDENTS FOR TWO WEEKS ONLY?  Yes.

LEVEL OF STUDENTS ACCEPTED  Third or fourth year.

TIME OF YEAR OFFERRED.  Flexible start dates throughout the year.

PRIOR APPROVAL (FROM DEPARTMENT REQUIRED) AND ELIGIBILITY.

  • Yes.
  • Offered primarily to medical students with an Army obligation (HPSP and USUHS).
  • Students from other uniformed services and civilian students from mainland schools are welcome on a space-available basis from November to May (excluding December).
  • All students (except USUHS and University of Hawai'i) will apply for a clerkship utilizing the form entitled “ Request for Approval of Clinical Clerkship Training.”
  • USUHS fourth year students will apply using USUHS Form No. 1304 for clerkship request.
  • The TAMC Student Coordinator will obtain permission from the appropriate rotation official upon receipt of the application and will then inform the student of approval/disapproval via e-mail.

OBJECTIVES/DESCRIPTION OF CLERKSHIP.

  • The Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Clerkship is oriented toward the student who wishes to improve his skills in Otolaryngology diagnosis and management.
  • While the student who may be interested in Otolaryngology as a career will have the opportunity to observe and participate in the full range of the specialty, the student interested in primary care medicine will also gain much clinical experience relevant to the common problems encountered in daily practice.
  • Clinical time is divided between the clinic and operating room, and the student is encouraged to follow inpatient care, to observe and participate in surgery, and to become familiar with audiometric procedures. All work by students, including the performance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, will be under appropriate staff or resident supervision.

FREQUENCY OF CALL.  No call for medical students rotating on this service.

REQUIRED READINGS.

  • The student will be given the TAMC Otolaryngology Student Handbook upon arrival.
  • In addition, there will be selected readings from textbooks and journals based on identified patient problems seen in the clinic and on the ward.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS.

  • Students will attend all mandatory departmental conferences, to include Head and Neck Tumor Board, Grand Rounds, and Radiology Conference.
  • The student will be encouraged to give one 20-minute presentation on a selected topic.

HOW ARE STUDENTS EVALUATED?

  • The student's evaluation will be based on performance on both inpatient and outpatient experiences.
  • This evaluation will reflect not only his/her fund of knowledge, ability to gather and synthesize information, but also his/her motivation, work habits, and interpersonal skills.

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