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Otolaryngology Residency Program


The Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency program at Madigan Army Medical Center has excelled for over 40 years. Our program began in 1975, and uniformly produces highly capable and successful otolaryngologists, all of whom to date have obtained board certification on the first attempt. All qualified medical students should consider residency training in the Pacific Northwest at Madigan, one of the United States Army’s premiere medical centers.

The Residency Program

The Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery training program has been fully accredited by the Residency Review Commission for two residents per year. The residency consists of five years of training; typically, all ten positions are filled by Army residents. Due to the small size of the program, the residents form a cohesive, close-knit group, developing lifelong bonds among themselves and with faculty members. Six months of the surgical internship year are spent on the otolaryngology service at Madigan. The remaining four years of training are dedicated to otolaryngology. Madigan collaborates with Seattle Children’s Hospital, Swedish Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, to maximize residents’ experience with pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck cancer and maxillofacial trauma.

The Madigan faculty consists of six full-time, board certified Army otolaryngologists with advanced fellowship training at world-renowned institutions: Harvard University, UCLA, Vanderbuilt and House Ear Institute. The faculty provides training across a broad spectrum of otolaryngology subspecialties, to include laryngology, neurotology, skull base surgery, head and neck surgical oncology, facial plastic and microvascular reconstructive surgery, pediatric airway surgery and transoral robotic surgery. Staff members also pride themselves on the mentoring relationships they cultivate with individual residents. Graduates of the Madigan otolaryngology program have a high rate of acceptance to top ranked subspecialty fellowship training programs, with recent acceptances including Harvard University, House Ear Institute, University of Washington and University of Iowa.


Residents perform at least three months of research over the course of the 5 year program and are required to submit a research protocol, conduct basic science or clinical research, and submit a manuscript for publication. Most residents also submit oral or poster presentations, earning opportunities to attend national conferences. Since 2012, the program has had a full-time Ph.D. research coordinator on staff.

How to apply for Residency

Interested applicants must apply for U.S. Army Graduate Medical Education training on active duty. The website for this application is: www.mods.army.mil/medicaleducation . All qualified applicants are encouraged to rotate on our service and should coordinate their rotation through Madigan Graduate Medical Education at (253) 968-1511.

For additional information, write:

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency
Program Director
Madigan Army Medical Center
Tacoma, Washington 98431
(253) 968-1430

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Madigan Army Medical Center
9040 Jackson Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98431


Tel:  (253) 968-0375
 (253) 968-1430
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