Course ID: MED 797AM/997AM
Discipline: Surgery
Prerequisites: MED 810 General Surgery Clerkship
Available Sites: Lapeer, Saginaw
Duration: 2 or 4 weeks


This elective rotation in otorhinolaryngology is a two (2) or four (4) week experience structured to develop the student's decision-making, cognitive skills and to apply didactic material in a clinical setting. Focus will be on common diseases of the ear, nose and throat and experiences will be in ambulatory and surgical setting.

Key Objectives

  • Perform Otolaryngology Examinatio, including general head and neck exam, mirror or fiberoptic examination of the upper airway.
  • Improve understanding of otolaryngologic pathology and normal variants 
  • Improve diagnostic skills for otolaryngologic pathology 
  • Exposure to office‚Äźbased otolaryngologic procedures, both diagnostic & therapeutic
  • Foreign body removal, cerumen disimpaction, flexible laryngoscopy, fine needle aspiration 
  • Improve understanding of otolaryngologic laboratory evaluations, including Behavioral Audiometry and Tympanometry 
  • Establish evaluation and treatment algorithms for otolaryngologic pathology, including need for surgical referral 
  • Develop a sound fund of knowledge for the core subjects listed below
    • Ear
      • Otitis media (including cholesteatoma)
      • Otitis externa
      • Hearing loss
      • Dizziness
      • Facial nerve disorders
    • Nose
      • Epistaxis
      • Rhinitis
      • Sinusitis & nasal polyposis
      • Chronic obstruction
    • Throat
      • Pharyngitis &tonsillitis
      • Sleep apnea
      • Hoarseness
      • Dysphagia
      • Upper airway obstruction (Epiglottitis, Subglottic stenosis, Respiratory papillomatosis)
      • Cancer
    • Neck
      • Neck masses
      • Cancer
    • Head and Neck Trauma
      • Facial fractures and lacerations 
      • Penetrating trauma

Assessment Method

College of Medicine standard elective assessment will be completed by supervising faculty at conclusion of elective clerkship.

Scheduling Information
Interested students should contact CMU College of Medicine Department of Distributed Clinical Education at