Welcome from the Program Director
The Residency Program in otolaryngology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has enjoyed a long and distinguished history in the training of outstanding practitioners in the specialty, having graduated its first resident in 1974. The Program is committed to vigorous and comprehensive training of residents in all subspecialties of otolaryngology, as well as facilitating the growth of young physicians into upstanding, respected, and ethical surgeons who become leaders in the specialty, the profession, and society at large, and role models for those whom they serve and teach. To that end, the faculty and residents in the Program are marked by exceptional collegiality and communication, love of the profession and specialty, and devotion to teaching. The clinical experience in the Program is broad and inclusive, comprising training in publicly and privately funded health care in a wide variety of settings, as well as contact with military medicine in San Antonio. Graduates from the Program are well prepared to enter community-based or academic practice, subspecialty fellowship, or federal service, and our alumni may be found successfully serving in all these settings. Our graduates are highly successful in the otolaryngology board-certification process, and in the life-long practice of the specialty. The Program welcomes applications from highly motivated, well-qualified candidates for training; individuals interested in application or clinical rotation in the department are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator.
Philip Chen, M.D.
Assistant Professor and Program Director
Structure & Objectives
The residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio combines a vigorous and growing faculty, broad clinical experience and an intensive academic program. Upon successful completion of the program, the physician will have a contemporary knowledge of the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of disorders of the ear and temporal bone, speech and hearing, diseases of the nose and paranasal sinuses, head and neck cancer, maxillofacial trauma, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, general otolaryngology, laryngeal microsurgery and framework phonosurgery, bronchoesophagology, pediatric otolaryngology, otolaryngic allergy, and endoscopic sinus surgery.
The active education program includes several hours of required instructional courses and seminars each week. The program totals five years (including internship) and is divided into roughly one year of rotating internship and four years of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The resident is expected to master the fundamental knowledge and surgical techniques, render superior care and consideration to patients, and participate in the teaching programs of the Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, UTHSCSA.
Randal A. Otto, M.D., F.A.C.S., Professor and Chairman, Thomas Walthall Folbre, M.D. Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology
John Morehead, M.D., F.A.C.S., Associate Professor
Residency Program Director, Facial plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Frank R. Miller, M.D., F.A.C.S., Professor, Director Head and Neck Surgery
Laura Dominguez, M.D.,, Assistant Professor,
C. Blake Simpson, M.D., Professor,
Director, Voice Center
G. Richard Holt, M.D., M.S.E., M.P.H.,
Professor Emeritus, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Christian Stallworth, M.D., Assistant Professor,
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Philip Chen, M.D., Assistant Professor, Diseases of the Nose and Paranasal Sinuses
Timothy McEvoy, M.D., Assistant Professor/Clinical, Chief Pediatric Otolaryngology
Marisa A. Earley, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Participating Clinical Faculty/
Bonilla, Juan A, MD- Clinical Professor,
Clark, William D, MD, Clinical Professor,
Hales, Nathan , M.D., Clinical Professor,
Head and Neck Surgery
King, Susan, M.D., Clinical Professor,
McMains, K. Christopher, M.D.,
Associate Professor, Diseases of the Nose and Paranasal Sinuses, Service Chief, Otolaryngology,
Audie Murphy Veterans Administration Medical Center
Newman, Richard, M.D., Clinical Professor,
Head & Neck Surgery
Moe, Roderick D, MD- Clinical Professor,
Stratton, Cary E, MD- Clinical Professor
Charles A. Syms III, M.D., FACS, Clinical
Weitzel, Erik K, MD, Lt. Col., USAF - Clinical Associate Professor, Diseases of the Nose and Paranasal Sinuses, Program Director, Residency in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery San Antonio Military Medical Center
John W. Youngblood, M.D., Clinical Professor
Hospitals & Clinics
The University Health System, is the main teaching facility for The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. It is a 560-bed hospital which serves a large urban population and also has facilities for private patients. Residents rotate to the University Health Center - Downtown Robert B. Green Campus.
The South Texas Veterans Health Care System - Audie Murphy Division is located across the street from University Hospital and serves as a rotation site for PGY 1 residents.
Applications & Interviews
Two applicants are accepted for graduate training each
year. Applications must be submitted through the ERAS/NRMP. Selected applicants of
high standing and achievement will be invited for a personal interview.
Further information may be obtained from:
Academic Programs Coordinator
Department of Otolaryngology
Head and Neck Surgery
The University of Texas
Health Science Center at San Antonio
8300 Floyd Curl Drive, MC 7777
San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900
PGY 1 Surgical Internship
Residents Rotate with the Department of Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. This year is specifically designed for the Otolaryngology resident with 6 months of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, trauma surgery, surgical intensive and anesthesiology.
PGY 2-4 Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Teams
The PGY 2 through PGY 4 rotations are all discipline- based rotations involving two teams.
Team A - Head & Neck Surgery/Laryngology, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Team B - Otology/Rhinology/Facial Plastic Surgery
These rotations occur primarily within the University Hospital Health System and the St. Luke's Baptist Hospital. Rotations in the PGY 2-4 levels occur at the Ear Medical Group and the Methodist Hospital.
Each facility has state of the art electronic medical record systems and offer unique educational opportunities. The University Hospital is the main teaching hub and has undergone a $900 million building project, completed in 2014. The St. Luke's facility, conveniently located one block away from the University Hospital and the MARC building, is the regional leader in robotic surgery, and provides training in otolaryngology in the private practice setting.
Each year in training involves progressive learning with PGY level appropriate goals, objectives and expectations.
PGY 2 AND 3 Goals and Objectives
The primary goals are to achieve diagnostic skills and competence in preoperative and postoperative patient management and improve operative skills in specifically identified procedures. PGY 2 and 3 will have opportunity to learn surgical technique in the operating room while also gaining valuable experience running a service while on the dedicated pediatric otolaryngology rotations.
PGY 4 Goals and Objectives
In this year the resident performs a wide variety of surgical procedures on a senior resident level and gains additional experience in office diagnosis and treatment. Included in this year is a 3-month full-time otology/neuro-otology experience with the Ear Medical Group, and a three research rotation.
PG 5 Chief Resident Goals and Objectives
The Chief Residents divide their time equally between Team A and Team B where they are directly responsible for the clinical activity and administration of the service and perform advanced surgical procedures.
The Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Faculty, in conjunction with faculty members from other departments, provides several hours of formal teaching each week. Attendance and active participation in these conferences by all residents is mandatory.
- Temporal Bone Laboratory
- Communicative Disorders Conference
- Faculty Rounds
- Grand Rounds
- Case Presentation Rounds
- Journal Club
- Combined Modality Head and Neck Tumor Board
- Quality Assurance Conference
- Introduction to Research Methods
- PGY 2 Introduction to Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Course*
- Pathology Conference
- Core Competency Training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
- Seminars in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
* In conjunction with San Antonio Military Medical Center Otolaryngology training programs.
A research methods course is required for all residents. Each resident shall have the experience of completing a project of sufficient quality that it may be published and presented at a national meeting.
All residents are assigned a faculty mentor to help each redident develope a research project
Meetings & Travel
The Department will provide funds for meetings where the resident presents an original clinical or laboratory research paper. In addition, Otolaryngology Departments at our sister institutions within in the San Antonio area sponsor additional courses annually for which travel and registration may be provided, including bronchoesophagology and Temporal Bone Anatomy courses.