The residency training program in Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic Surgery at RowanSOM is the continuation of the residency training program begun in 1961 by Alvin D. Dubin, DO at the Cherry Hill Medical Center, in Cherry Hill, NJ. This program came under the auspices of RowanSOM beginning with those residents initiating training in 1981. Residents have been trained through this program on a continuing basis since that time.
Over the course of the last forty years, this program has been dedicated to the training of Osteopathic Physicians with an interest in Otolaryngology-HNS & Facial Plastic Surgery, leading to certification in this specialty through the American Osteopathic Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Currently our program requires one year of an AOA approved Tracked Internship and then four years of training in Otolaryngology-HNS & Facial Plastic Surgery. During the OGME-I Internship year the Intern will have a concentration in General Surgery, learning how to manage the surgical patient and gaining basic surgical skills, while fulfilling the AOA requirements, through other rotations, for an Osteopathic Internship. Training of residents is centered around presenting clinical lectures as well as core curriculum in the various areas of our specialty including: Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Otology, Head and Neck Surgery, Endoscopy, general Otolaryngology and Osteopathic Medicine. Training of residents in Otolaryngology-HNS & Facial Plastic Surgery at RowanSOM is augmented by participation in the Home Study Course presented through the American Association of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
In addition, residents are responsible for independent scientific papers during their OGME-II through OGME-IV years of training.
Over the course of the resident’s training period, he/she is afforded progressively more responsibility and opportunity to participate in pre-operative evaluation, operative and peri-operative care of surgical patients, to allow for personal and professional growth and maturation. The ultimate goal being that each resident will be ready to enter into the clinical practice of Otolaryngology-HNS & Facial Plastic Surgery at the completion of his/her training period.
Each resident’s progress is monitored on a quarterly basis to see that this resident is on target towards meeting the above objectives. In addition, the residents segregated case totals are monitored to ensure that he/she is on target towards having the requisite number of cases in each area our specialty, with appropriate breadth and scope.