Curriculum and Academics
The Bay Area Residents’ Research Symposium (BARRS)
Residents are expected to participate in the Annual Bay Area Residents’ Research Symposium. It is a unique program intended for presenting resident research. BARRS includes HNS residency programs from all over California, and our residents have won numerous awards for their research presentations. For more information, visit our Research page.
Head and Neck Oncology Multidisciplinary Tumor Board
The Multidisciplinary Tumor Board is extremely high volume and reviews almost every head and neck cancer diagnosed in Kaiser Permanente Northern California. The conference averages approximately 20 cases per week, and covers a wide breadth of pathologies. The conference is held via WebEx to bring together expertise from across the entire region, from Sacramento to Santa Clara. The panel consists of head and neck surgeons, radiologists, radiation and medical oncologists, pathologists, social workers, nutritionists and allied specialists.
Journal Club is a monthly dinner meeting attended by Kaiser Permanente Otolaryngology faculty from Oakland and other sites and all residents to review selected journal articles. This is an important meeting for developing social interactions between residents and staff and keeping up to date on recent literature.
Temporal Bone Dissection Course
Our temporal bone laboratory is utilized to teach an annual dissection course. This in-house course is mainly directed at the PGY2 and PGY3 residents, but all residents can participate. Over a three-month period weekly anatomy lectures given by Kaiser faculty from various locations in Northern California and visiting professors from University of California Davis are followed by supervised resident temporal bone drilling.
Head and Neck Anatomy Course
A series of resident-performed, staff-supervised cadaver dissections held on a weekly basis for three months. Topics include laryngeal anatomy and emergent airway techniques, external approaches to the sinuses, neck dissection, lateral temporal bone dissection, and soft tissue dissection.
A recently established multi-institute one-day program is offered by the University of California, Davis and is supported by the program. PGY1 and PGY2 residents participate in this ENT emergencies simulation bootcamp.
Once a year, we invite a prominent Otolaryngologist to our medical center for a day-long conference. Usually the morning is spent discussing interesting and complex patient cases presented by residents and the afternoon is filled with a series of didactic lectures given by the professor.
Regional & National Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Courses
Our residents frequently participate in national or regional courses. During their training, our residents receive attend:
- UCSF Otolaryngology Update
- Vanderbilt Temporal Bone Dissection Course (attended by chief residents)
- Stanford Otology Update
- Loma Linda Laryngology Course
- Western States Rhinology Course
Thursday Education Block
The backbone of our didactic program is our weekly Thursday morning educational block. The curriculum is sub-specialty based and includes team-based learning, traditional lecture format, hands-on-learning, case-based learning, reversed classroom, landmark article review and debate format. The didactic program also includes monthly neuroradiology conference led by our attending neuroradiologists, and head and neck pathology review led by our attending pathologists.
Curriculum blocks include:
- Sleep Surgery/Sleep Medicine
- Laryngology (includes Speech Language Pathology lectures)
- Otology and Neuro-otology (includes Audiology lectures and Temporal bone histopathology sessions)
- Head and Neck Oncology (includes Speech Language Pathology lectures)
- Pediatric Otolaryngology
- Facial Plastics and Trauma (includes facial plating course)
- Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery (includes Allergy lectures)