Residency Program


Welcome OTO Residents

The Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Residency Program at UAB provides comprehensive training in all disciplines of the specialty. Four applicants are appointed each year for four years of training which commence following a year of General Surgery internship in the UAB Department of Surgery. Each year the residents rotate among four different hospitals and many different services:

• University Hospital Head and Neck service
• University Hospital General/Rhinology service
• University Hospital Otology/Facial Plastic Reconstructive service
• VA Medical Center service
• Children's Hospital service

The program encompasses a wide variety and large volume of clinical and operative experience in cancer surgery of the head and neck, endocrine surgery, otologic/neurotologic surgery, facial trauma, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, general otolaryngology, and rhinology, including state-of-the-art endoscopic sinus surgery. Annually the Department performs over 2,000 surgical procedures and cares for over 10,000 patients in the multiple clinics. Chief residents routinely finish their training with over 2,500 cases. The sub-specialty areas are all staffed by fellowship trained faculty members, and residents have extensive exposure to all aspects of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

In addition to a broad clinical and surgical experience, the residency program fosters training in the basic sciences and research. Specialized instruction occurs in weekly conferences, including talks given by visiting faculty and faculty from other related specialties. Residents participate in a monthly Journal Club with an emphasis on current topics in ENT. Each year all of the residents present the results of ongoing research activities at Residents' Research Day, and they spend a four-month block on a research rotation during their PGY-4 year. Attendance at local and national Otolaryngology conferences is encouraged and supported when the residents


are making presentations. Other academic endeavors include a yearly temporal bone course, yearly fresh cadaver dissection courses in both endoscopic sinus surgery and facial plastic surgery, a soft tissue course, a fracture plating course, and a multi-disciplinary course on cosmetic facial surgery.

The Otolaryngology Residency at UAB enjoys state-of-the-art facilities including a 12 station, fully-equipped temporal bone and sinus lab, expanding operating facilities, and a beautiful outpatient clinic and same-day surgery facility at The Kirklin Clinic. Residents are exposed to and instructed in the use of the latest in instrumentation used in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery today.

Overall, the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency Program at UAB provides residents with training in the basic sciences as they apply to the head and neck, communication sciences including speech pathology, audiology and rehabilitative procedures, endocrine disorders, and major disciplines of ENT. Residents who complete their training here will have had extensive surgical, clinical and academic training in every aspect of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and will be comfortable and competent in performing the duties of excellent Otolaryngologists. See our Annual Residents' Research Day Brochure.

Interested Applicants

The UAB Department of Otolaryngology interviews for four Post Graduate Year (PGY) 1 positions each year. Eligibility requirements of UAB Hospital and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) are available on the following websites:

Eligible applicants may apply through the  Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

Applicants will be selected for interviews on the basis of residency program-related criteria such as preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.

The program director, in conjunction with the program's Education Committee and/or teaching faculty, reviews all applications, and personal interviews are granted to those applicants thought to possess the most appropriate qualifications, as determined by guidelines established by the program.

Interview dates will be offered in a formal letter and/or email to the chosen applicants.  The interview dates will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The official Match Day will be announced annually by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

National Resident Match Program (NRMP) 

Residency Program Contacts:

Bradford A. Woodworth, MD
James J. Hicks Professor of Surgery
Residency Program Director

Michelle Dickerson Thrasher
Residency Program Coordinator
BDB 563 - 1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0012
205-934-9777 (phone)
205-934-3993 (fax)