ResidencySam J. Marzo, MD
Residency Program Director
Residency Program Coordinator
The residency program in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the Loyola University Health System is designed to provide residents with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide comprehensive medical and surgical care to patients with diseases of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck. The program is five years in duration.
The first year (PGY-1) includes clinical month-long rotations in General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Neurosurgery, Plastic surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Anesthesia, Burns, Emergency Medicine, and Critical Care. Three months of PGY-1 are spent on the Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery Service. The general purpose of PGY-1 is to provide an adequate foundation for proper care of the surgical patient by exposure to the various surgical disciplines and related specialties.
The next four years (PGY-2 through PGY-5) are devoted to Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and include exposure to all facets of the specialty, including rotations in Head and Neck/Reconstructive Surgery, Rhinology/Sinus Surgery, Neurotology/Skull Base Surgery, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic Surgery, and General Otolaryngology. Ample exposure to facial trauma is provided as the Department of Otolaryngology covers facial trauma call during the last 10 days of each month at Loyola, a level I trauma center. Residents also rotate at the Hines VA Hospital, the largest VA Hospital in the state of Illinois, during their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years. A four-month research rotation is included in PGY-3. By building on progressive layers of basic science education, surgical skills, patient care and research, the program seeks to develop well-trained Otolaryngologists and life-long learners.
The Otolaryngology Residency Program at Loyola incorporates weekly resident-conducted didactic sessions based on the Coclia curriculum of the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. Department-wide conferences are held weekly on Wednesday mornings and include resident/attending lectures as well as lectures by visiting leaders in the field. Weekly Head and Neck Tumor Board is held each Wednesday morning in conjunction with attendings and residents from the Radiation Oncology, Hematology/Oncology, and Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery departments. Residents participate in monthly journal club as well as morbidity and mortality conferences. In addition, both attendings and residents attend monthly meetings of the Chicago Larynglogical and Otological Society, the oldest such society in the United States, and participate in its annual Lederer-Pierce Resident Research Competition. Clinical and basic science research is encouraged with the Annual Peter J. Girgis Resident Research Competition, conducted by the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Loyola.
The Temporal Bone Lab at the Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery provides an individual workstation for each resident complete with operating microscopes and updated drill and instrument systems. Temporal bone lab sessions are held weekly throughout the year for residents and conducted by Dr. Sam Marzo and Dr. John Leonetti.
Three residency appointments are made each year. For complete information please view our Loyola Residency Program . The Otolaryngology Residency Program at Loyola uses the services of the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). To find out more information about the matching program, please visit the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and ERAS websites.