Residency at a Glance

The Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) Residency Training Program, which trains leaders in all areas of the specialty, is the top-ranked residency program in the country according to Doximity.

The program provides comprehensive training from a deep bench of faculty members in all subspecialties, along with unparalleled research opportunities to give you an edge in pursuing prestige fellowships and careers in the field.

When you join us, you become part of a team of great physicians and individuals who care about one another and about their patients. Along with providing excellent clinical and research experience, our residency program helps you build meaningful relationships with both colleagues and mentors. 

We understand and appreciate the importance of resident wellness and work hard to keep the team healthy, productive and fulfilled. You can rely on a strong support network of mentors and colleagues during a residency experience that sets you up for a trajectory of success in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery.

Learn more: 

Our Residents

Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology Residents 2018
Residents Goofing off Together

​Virginia Drake, Elaine Bigelow and Ruth Davis try to not drop Jordan Garcia. It was a close call. 

Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology Residents 2018
2018 Residents and Mentors

"Stay classy Baltimore" -Jason Nellis

Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology Residents 2018
Graduate and Super Chiefs

Therese Guo, Nyall London and Aisha Harun pose for a photo together. 

Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology Residents 2018
The Graduate and His Mentors

Bryan Ward shows off his award with his mentors by his side. 

Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology Residents 2018
Breaking Out in Song

Christpher Razavi breaks out in song. Ian-James Malm, Virginia Drake, Michelle Hwang, Ioan "John" Lina, Kathryn Strickland, Aishia Harun and Jordan Garcia take it all in...

Xmas Celebration
Sock Exchange

Residents Pose for a pic at the rivers edge
White Oak Canyon Camping Trip

Jordan Garcia, Jason Nellis, Jonas Miller, Virginia Drake, Melina Windon, Andrew Lee, Elaine Bigelow, Aisha Harun, Anisha Kumar, Michelle Hwang and Theresa Guo

Our Residents

Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology Residents 2018
Residents Goofing off Together ​Virginia Drake, Elaine Bigelow and Ruth Davis try to not drop Jordan Garcia. It was a close call. 
Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology Residents 2018
2018 Residents and Mentors

"Stay classy Baltimore" -Jason Nellis

Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology Residents 2018
Graduate and Super Chiefs Therese Guo, Nyall London and Aisha Harun pose for a photo together. 
Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology Residents 2018
The Graduate and His Mentors Bryan Ward shows off his award with his mentors by his side. 
Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology Residents 2018
Breaking Out in Song

Christpher Razavi breaks out in song. Ian-James Malm, Virginia Drake, Michelle Hwang, Ioan "John" Lina, Kathryn Strickland, Aishia Harun and Jordan Garcia take it all in...

Xmas Celebration
Sock Exchange
Residents Pose for a pic at the rivers edge
White Oak Canyon Camping Trip Jordan Garcia, Jason Nellis, Jonas Miller, Virginia Drake, Melina Windon, Andrew Lee, Elaine Bigelow, Aisha Harun, Anisha Kumar, Michelle Hwang and Theresa Guo

Residency Program: What You Need to Know Right Now

Program Length

Residents will enter into one of two tracks:

  1. Five-year program including four to six months of research time
  2. Six-and-a-half-year program including two years of NIH-funded research time. Learn more about the decision process.

Number of residents accepted

Four or five residents per year, alternated

Rotation SpecificsPrimary Rotation Sites and Subspecialty Exposure

  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital: Primary academic center with exposure to all areas of otolaryngology. Rotations are divided into the following.
    • Head and neck cancer: Postgraduate year (PGY) 1, PGY4, PGY5
    • Facial plastic surgery: PGY4
    • Sinus/skull base surgery and laryngology: PGY 1 or 2, PGY4
    • Otology/neurotology: PGY2, PGY5
    • Pediatric otolaryngology: PGY2
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center: General otolaryngology and select subspecialties (PGY2 or 3, PGY4)
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC): Otolaryngology private practice, resident-run clinic, and a comprehensive head and neck cancer center (PGY2, PGY3, PGY4, PGY5)
  • Green Spring Station Outpatient Center: High-efficiency ambulatory surgery center and subspecialty clinics
  • Suburban Hospital: Multiple otolaryngology subspecialties at a community-based hospital outside Washington, D.C. (PGY5)

On-call Structure

  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH)

    • Night float system: PGY2 residents take in-house call four to five nights per week in divided blocks for 10 to 12 weeks per year

    • Weekend call: in-house weekend call shifts are divided into three shifts (Friday night, Saturday 24-hour and Sunday daytime) between the PGY2–4 residents rotating at JHH 

    • Facial trauma call: even days of the month

  • Bayview and GBMC
    • Home call every two to three days for rotating PGY2–4 residents
    • Backup call for JHH and GBMC divided among the chief residents

Education

Three hours per week of resident didactics including weekly grand roundsdidactic lectures and journal club or board-review-style sessions

Annual hands-on educational courses:

  • Temporal bone
  • Pediatric bronchoscopy
  • Head and neck dissection
  • Facial plastics/endoscopic sinus and skull base dissection
  • Laryngology dissection
  • Transoral robotic surgery
  • Adult difficult airway
  • Pediatric difficult airway

Resident Perks and Events

  • Free gym membership at the on-campus Denton A. Cooley Center and at the GBMC campus
  • Free health insurance
  • Free loupes
  • Quarterly ‘Perspective From the Other Side of the Table” Dinners with program directors and invited faculty
  • Semi-annual dinners with Dr. Eisele
  • Sponsored resident events such as camping trips, annual pool party, Baltimore Running Festival relay
  • Annual book club (recent selections: Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by K. Anders Ericsson; However Far the Stream Flows: The Making of the Man Who Rebuilds Faces by Kofi Boahene; When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Funding Education and Outreach

  • Free membership to the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
  • Free membership to BoardVitals   
  • Discretionary resident fund to be used for textbooks, personal otoscopes, United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 3 fees, etc.
  • Outreach: Travel funding for residents presenting at conferences