Welcome to the Kaiser Permanente Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (HNS) residency website. On this site you will find information about our educational programs, research opportunities, residents, and faculty members.

Our program offers broad clinical experience and a comprehensive educational program. Our residents have strong surgical and clinical training. Graduating residents have completed >3500 cases and over 85% of these cases were done as the primary resident surgeon. The department includes specialists in every sub-specialty of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery including head and neck surgical oncology, laryngology, rhinology and skull base surgery, otology/neuro-otology, pediatric otolaryngology, facial plastics and reconstructive surgery, and sleep surgery.

We have a total of 10 residents in training. Our residency program is five years long with six months spent at Highland County Hospital during intern year. The residents spend the majority of their rotations at the Oakland facility but also rotate at Kaiser hospitals around the Bay Area. Our state-of-the-art Oakland facility includes new, large operating rooms, video towers in every exam room and ultrasounds in every clinic. Residents also receive I-phones and laptops to assist with patient care.

Community service and mission trips are a large part of our residency program. Our faculty and residents participate in 3 mission trips per year to Guatemala, Philippines, and many other countries. We also provide service to our local community through Operation Access.

Residents are given a minimum of four months of dedicated time for research on individual and departmental projects and produce papers for presentation and publication. Kaiser Permanente has a strong Division of Research with epidemiologists and biostatisticians who support resident research. The Graduate Medical Education (GME) office also has two research project managers who assist with resident research projects.

Our residents also benefit from the support of the Northern California Kaiser Graduate Medical Education (GME) office which offers a housing stipend, relocation stipend, business of medicine and communications workshops. The GME department also hosts resident wellness activities (dinners, sporting events, etc). Residents have access to an education consultant, personal coach and receive funding for board preparation courses.

Our graduates develop excellent surgical, clinical, research, and academic skills preparing them to pursue their ultimate career objectives. As a final tenet of our training philosophy, we remain dedicated to our residents beyond graduation – assisting them with studying for board certification, pursuing fellowship appointments, and seeking practice opportunities. Many of our former residents remain active in the program attending journal club, proctoring conferences, and contributing to ongoing research projects.

Please visit our residency Facebook page for more information about the program.

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of our residency program is to employ our dedicated attending staff and the extensive resources of the Kaiser Permanente medical system to support a complete educational experience fostering the development of the highest quality head and neck surgeons. Important processes and concepts in developing this philosophy include:

  • An introductory supervised “one-on-one” proctorship
  • Graduated autonomy leading to independent clinical decision making and independent surgery
  • An academic atmosphere fostering inquiry and research
  • Comprehensive didactics
  • A supportive, collegial work environment
  • A multi-ethnic patient population promoting an understanding of diversity/tolerance
  • Opportunities for community service/International medicine.

Our integrated healthcare system status emphasizes disease prevention, healthy lifestyles and cost-conscious medicine.

For more information regarding our program, please contact Antoinette Niblett, GME Coordinator.