Head & Neck Surgery (S-123)


The Head and Neck Service is actively involved in the management of tumors of the head and neck. Approximately 1,400 major surgical procedures are performed every year. This elective surgical rotation for fourth-year medical students, especially for those who have specific interest in head and neck surgery, will be extremely helpful to develop their careers in this discipline. They will be able to scrub in on a large number of cases involving thyroid and parathyroid tumors and tumors of the upper aerodigestive tract including oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, salivary glands, and neck dissections. They will be able to acquaint themselves with the complete head and neck examination, fiberoptic examination, tracheostomies, and management of complex head and neck problems. Basic emphasis will be given to the anatomy of the head and neck region and technique of neck dissections. It will be an excellent beginning for students interested in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, and plastic surgery. The service has many educational activities including grand rounds, journal club, research meetings, and floor rounds. There will be ample opportunity for students to have discussions with attending surgeons.

Prerequisites Other than Third Year Rotations



One module

Students per Module

Maximum of 2

Elective dates (students applying through VSAS should refer to calendar information there)

B (August 1 - August 26) (Closed to international students)
C (August 29 – September 23 (Closed to international students)
D (September 26 - October 21)
E (October 24 - November 18)
F (November 21 - December 16)
G (January 3 - January 27)
H (January 30 - February 24)
I (February 27 - March 24) (Closed to international students)
J (April 3 - April 28)
K (May 1 - May 26)
L (May 29 - June 23) (Students must receive permission to apply from the Medical Student Coordinator prior to submitting an application)

Elective Program Online Application

International Students must apply by mail. See instructions

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