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Residency Program

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Message from the Program Director Heading link

Tatiana Dixon

Thank you for your interest in the Otolaryngology- HNS Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Finding the program where you can thrive personally and develop into the surgeon you aspire to be is a daunting task! As a proud graduate of this program, I would like to highlight the strengths of our training program.

Our residents are provided with outstanding clinical training in a collegial environment. Our faculty is extraordinarily talented and diverse and have dedicated themselves to be exceptional clinicians and educators.

We have many training locations all within close proximity to each other. Our residents have the opportunity to rotate at multiple sites in addition to our university hospital including Cook County Hospital, Jesse Brown VA hospital, and Lurie’s Children’s hospital as well as private hospital settings. With this wide array of practice settings, our residents receive outstanding, well rounded training in every subspecialty.

The level of autonomy our residents are able to achieve during their training is frequently touted as the resident’s favorite aspect of the program. We are able to achieve this while still having abundant oversight and a robust safety net, and our residents uniformly feel well prepared for independent practice when they graduate.

We have a structured mentoring program to guide residents both in their professional development and in their research endeavors. Having this support structure allows us to identify opportunities for growth throughout our resident’s training.

We have a long history of competitive fellowship and job placement for our graduating residents. Our residents receive outstanding training that prepares them for a career in general Otolaryngology, or for entering subspecialty fellowships. About half of our residents pursue a career in general Otolaryngology, and half go on to competitive fellowship programs.

But given all of the above, I believe the number one strength of our program is our resident complement. Our residents are incredible individuals who truly care about each other and support each other throughout their rotations. I am proud of the supportive workplace culture that we have fostered over the years and I am dedicated to continuing this as program director.

I look forward to sharing more about our program with you. Please contact us with further questions.

Tatiana Dixon
Residency Program Director

Welcome Letter from the Chiefs Heading link

To prospective residents:

Congratulations on your decision to pursue otolaryngology as your future specialty!

On behalf of the the University of Illinois College of Medicine Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery department, we are delighted to extend our warmest welcome to you as you embark on this exciting journey.

Application and Selection Process Heading link

Our program fills 3 residency positions each year.

Applicants seeking a PGY-1 Categorical position starting June will need to apply through ERAS. All 3 positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

When selecting an applicant for an interview, the Resident Recruitment Committee will evaluate the strength of your application with all of its components, including:

  • The Dean’s Letter (Medical Student Performance Evaluation)
  • Strong letters of recommendation
  • Third-year Core Clerkship grades
  • Research experience
  • Personal statement – mission fit
  • USMLE Step 2 Score preferable
  • Leadership roles
  • Service to the underserved

Interview Day Planning

We will schedule in person interview sessions for the recruitment cycle. There will be an optional social mixer for those who would like to get to know our current residents and learn more about our program.

We’ve designed an interview process with the aim of fostering mutual understanding. Our Chair will deliver a presentation preceding the interview sessions. The interviews are organized into two groups, each engaging with three distinct interview teams consisting of two faculty members and one team with three Chief Residents. Following or preceding the interview sessions, candidates will engage with the residents, including a tour of UI Health. Scheduled pauses in the morning or afternoon will allow applicants to reset before the next round.