To prospective residents:
Congratulations on your decision to pursue otolaryngology as your future
When reflecting on our training, all three of us agree that if we had to go through
the Match process again, we would undoubtedly still choose UIC. This is a
special program and has given us the foundation to be successful in our career
endeavors. The case volume is impressive! We typically complete all key
indicator numbers by the end of PGY4 year. The breadth of exposure is vast. We
have three primary clinical sites (UIC, VA, Cook County) and have the
opportunity to rotate at Advocate Christ, Lurie Children’s, and Northshore
hospitals. This aside, the two greatest strengths of the program are the
camaraderie in the department as well as the opportunities after residency,
whether it be in private practice or fellowship.
The relationship between and among residents and attendings is unlike many
other programs. The residents all consider each other friends, which allows for a
supportive and fun work environment. Happy hours, dog parties, and dinners out
are frequent activities we enjoy together. Our class is so close that we travel
together. Cancun for Chris’ wedding, Arizona for Alex’s wedding, and soon
Kenya for our surgical mission trip. The residents have an amicable relationship
with the faculty, who are always approachable and available to help with
questions or concerns. The diversity in backgrounds among faculty and residents
is also a unique facet of the program and one that unequivocally enhances our
training and our ability to empathize with our patients.
Over the past several years, our residents have consistently matched at top
fellowship programs in their desired subspecialties. From facial plastic surgery
with Dr. Nassif in Beverly Hills, rhinology/skull base surgery at University of
Pennsylvania, or pediatric otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children’s, UIC has
supported us and given us the contacts and resources to succeed. Our faculty is
well-connected throughout the country, and there is a myriad of research
opportunities available in all subspecialties.
We are leaving UIC as autonomous and confident surgeons, with a large network
of support and connections in the field. We are grateful for the opportunity to train
at such an excellent program, and cannot speak enough praise for the
experience we have been given during our residency training.
Good luck throughout your application process and we look forward to welcoming
you as future otolaryngology colleagues!
Alex Caniglia, Chris Mularczyk, Elliot Koo