Surgery

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Residency Program

The Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Program at the University of Alberta offers a unique opportunity to explore a wide range of sub specialties and become proficient in many diverse, complex and delicate procedures over the course of the residency. Our training utilizes the most current equipment and technology including image guidance surgery, robotic surgery and endoscopic surgeries. 

Additionally, the practice of Otolaryngology in Edmonton covers a wide geographical area and has very busy clinical and surgical components.

Program Highlights

  • The program offers a well established educational curriculum consisting of daily seminars, teaching rounds, and journal clubs.
  • Funding is available for residents to attend instructional courses such as the Temporal Bone Course, Halifax Review Course, and various conferences and meetings. 
  • There are extensive opportunities to teach medical students.
  • Residents participate in daily academic seminars covering a wide range of topics in pathology, otology, pediatrics, audiology, head and neck surgery, and anatomy.
  • Our residents have excellent exposure to research and all participate in research projects beginning in their PGY-2 year. We have a dedicated Research Director who assists residents in coordinating their research projects.
  • We have an "everyday" as opposed to the academic half day model; didactic content is delivered in the form of a 1 hour seminar every morning Monday through Thursday during the academic year (on Friday there are grand rounds). Residents also receive an additional half day per week of protected time to do research and studying. 

Why Chose UAlberta for the Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery Residency Program

  • This program is a fully accredited Royal College Program.
  • The ratio of residents to faculty is 13:20. 
  • There is a large volume of OR cases available and residents can often operate 5 days a week.

Want to arrange an elective with our program? Please click here.

For further information on the program please see the CaRMS website.


The Otolaryngology Residency Program is considering sponsored trainee applicants with government funding for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applications must first go through their funding source who will then forward applications to the program and the Postgraduate Office of Medical Education. Three week observerships starting in spring 2018 will be available. Immunization status and proof of English language requirements will be required (min of 7 in each component in the IELTS academic version). Please contact Patricia Payne if the above requirement are met to arrange for an observership via email ohnspg@ualberta.ca.