Otolaryngology Residency Program

Director: John McGrath, DO
Positions: 15

Our program spans five years of advancing clinical and surgical training in all facets of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery. This includes head and neck oncology, facial plastics and reconstructive surgery (including complex microvascular free flap reconstructions), otology, rhinology, laryngology, pediatric otolaryngology, bronchoesophagology, skull-base surgery, sleep surgery and allergy.

As a resident in our program you will experience a balanced approach to your clinical education. The first year is a surgical track internship where candidates spend five months in general surgery, two months in ENT, one month in emergency medicine, one month in internal medicine, one month in pediatrics, one month in anesthesia and one month in the intensive care unit. The next four years are spent as an otolaryngology resident. Each of the ENT rotations are approximately two to three months in length and provide an intensive experience in the operative and inpatient management of ENT patients.

We place a heavy emphasis on surgical training, patient care and management, and clinical research. Each year, you will have greater levels of responsibility for patient care while supervised by our large, diverse and dedicated faculty at a number of area Philadelphia hospitals. We will train you to become highly resourceful, confident and independent in the operating room under appropriate attending supervision. Additionally, you will gain a wealth of experience managing acute airway emergencies and become extremely well versed with both endoscopic and surgical approaches to the compromised airway.

Our program, which is approved by the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology and the American Osteopathic Association, currently accepts three residents per year. The great success of graduating residents from this program, both in private practice and academic tracks, is a testament to the quality of training here at PCOM.


The residency educational program is multidimensional with the central goals of clinical and surgical competence, patient care and academic success. Dedicated time is reserved for resident education. Monday afternoons begin with departmental grand rounds during which residents and invited guest faculty present on relevant topics in otolaryngology. Two to three hours of lecture time are designated every week and the two-year course curriculum is planned so each resident will be exposed to the complete educational program twice during residency. This time is also used for monthly pathology and radiology lectures as well as a monthly journal club. Tuesday mornings provide dedicated resident-driven board review time. Hospital specific multidisciplinary tumor boards, morbidity and mortality conferences, journal clubs, and radiology conferences are also held.


Residents are encouraged to work on research projects throughout their tenure at PCOM. Research time is allotted in line with academy guidelines. A research coordinator within the department and statisticians are available.

Participating Healthcare Sites

Hahnemann University Hospital Philadelphia, PA
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children Philadelphia, PA
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, PA
Methodist Hospital Philadelphia, PA
Lankenau Hospital Wynnewood, PA
Eastern Cosmetic Surgery Institute Bala Cynwyd, PA
Eastern Regional Medical Center
(Cancer Treatment Centers of America)
Philadelphia, PA
Crozer Chester Medical Center Chester, PA 


Application Process

Visit our How to Apply page for detailed information regarding the application process for the program.


Department of Graduate Medical Education

Department of Graduate Medical Education
4190 City Avenue, Suite 409
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 1-800-778-4723
Email: GME@pcom.edu