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Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Residency

Message from the Chair

Eric Thorpe, MD, MBA, FACSOur Department is one of great stability, camaraderie and talent.  I am so proud to say that we have the greatest collection of faculty, surgeons, residents, nurses and staff in the entire country.  Everyone who comes to visit our family walks away with an understanding of how much we truly care about each other and how deep the department’s talent runs.  While I may be at the helm steering this ship, it is the people within that make our ship the best in the country.

Our department has always focused on patient care, education and research.  We have done this with the closest departmental family in the country.  As our family has grown over the years, our bonds have as well.  With now numerous faculty in each subspecialty, we are poised, not only, for great patient care, but also for great education.  We have purposefully omitted fellows from our program because we believe residents should have the full benefit of each and every opportunity in their education.  This truly has made our program the “fellowship of residencies”.  Our residents see and do cases often taken by the fellows and truly come out with an unparalleled training experience.  This has been proven to us time and time again as our residents graduate and move to their next career step.  We support our residents in all aspects of life, both professionally and personally.  We support all career choices made by our family members and simply want our residents to choose the path that is best for them.

This past year has been one of growth and transition in the department.  While the idea of transition often means difficult times, for us it is one of celebration.  Our former Chairman, Dr. Sam Marzo, was asked to be the permanent Dean of the medical school.  While we are extremely sad to see him leave his role in our department, we know this will provide a wonderful opportunity for our department to partner even closer with the medical school and the education of our future doctors.

I have taken the helm as the interim Chairman of the department and have served as the Program Director for many years now.  My role in the department is unique to most in this country as I have close knowledge and care of all things in this department.  The transition further defines how important the residency is to our family and how integral it is in everything we do.

Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to visit us realizes how close the people are and how important they are to each other.  This has built the foundation of who we are as people and partners, as a team in the medical community, as doctors to our patients and as a training program for our future.  This foundation runs deeper than any other program in the country and I am proud to be a part of it.  The future for our department is bright and full of opportunities.  We truly believe that good people make great doctors.  We also believe that doing the right thing for each other and those we care for leads to greater strength and opportunities going forward.

I appreciate you taking the time to come visit our site and hope you understand how important this family is to me and to all of the members.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or would like any more information.

Eric Thorpe, MD, MBA, FACS
Associate Professor and Interim Chairman
Residency Program Director 
Loyola University Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery


Superior ENT Training Program

Loyola’s Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency is known as one of the best in the United States.  We are proud of our reputation for providing a rigorous, comprehensive training program, designed to provide participants with all of the skills and knowledge needed to offer excellent medical and surgical care to patients with diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head and neck.

Loyola's ENT residency is five years in duration. Three residency appointments are made each year from a large pool of applicants from across the country.  Loyola’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for the Graduate Medical Education.  


About the Area

The Loyola University Medical Center is located in Maywood, IL, just a few miles outside the city limits of Chicago.  

Downtown Chicago bustles with activity year-round.  Famous landmarks include Millennium Park, Museum Campus, Magnificent Mile, Willis Tower, many shops, restaurants, sporting events and entertainment venues, as well as hundreds of local festivals and celebrations in different Chicago neighborhoods.

The health system campus is also surrounded by vibrant suburban communities, each with their own cultures and attractions.



The first year (PGY-1) includes month-long clinical rotations in general surgery, trauma, anesthesia, pediatric surgery, surgical oncology and oral surgery. The remaining six months of PGY-1 are spent exclusively 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.

PGY-2 - PGY-4

The PGY-2 through PGY-5 years are devoted to otolaryngology, and include rotations in all seven facets of the specialty: head and neck/reconstructive, rhinology/sinus, facial plastics, otology/neurotology/skull base, pediatric otolaryngology, and general otolaryngology.  Ample exposure to facial trauma is provided, as the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery covers facial trauma call during the last 10 days of each month at Loyola Hospital, a Level I trauma center.

During years two, three and four, residents will rotate at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. There they will have an opportunity to work on a wide variety of ENT disorders in clinic and in the operating room.

During the PGY-3 year, residents spend four months in a dedicated research block.  The residents devise and execute their own basic science studies, under the supervision of a senior physician.  Their research experience continues beyond this rotation, as residents are then expected to remain involved in various basic science and clinical projects, through the end of their residency.


The PGY-5 residents serve as chief resident.  Chief residents review all complex clinic patients and emergency room consults before presentation to the faculty, and are responsible for developing treatment protocols for each patient (subject to confirmation by a faculty member). 


Our program incorporates weekly, resident-conducted didactic sessions.

In addition, Loyola residents are expected to continue a year-round program of self-directed education, which includes reading textbooks, self-instruction packages, monographs, scientific and clinical journals, and completing the official Otolaryngology Home Study Course.


Much of the material presented at these conferences is selected to reflect in-service and board examinations. Attendance at these conferences in mandatory.

Wednesday is our regular didactic teaching day. It begins at 6:30 a.m. with a combination of the following:

Grand Rounds
Attendings and residents alternate presentations on the clinical aspects of ENT.

Morbidity & Mortality Conference
Residents present interesting clinical cases and questions moderated by the attending staff. Topics covered include pediatric otolaryngology, otology/neurotology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, and trauma.

Journal Club
This conference is dedicated to the review of articles in the literature, both recent and historical. It is attended by otolaryngology faculty and residents.

Multidisciplinary Tumor Board
This is a joint conference between the Departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Radiation Oncology, and Medical Oncology. Cases are presented prospectively, and an appropriate treatment plan is developed for each patient. On occasion, local guest speakers and visiting professors may offer presentations.

Additional didactic sessions take place throughout the week:

This is our department’s basic science conference, a two-hour series of lectures each Monday on topics within ENT (and related disciplines).

Skull Base/Temporal Bone Dissection Lab
Each Tuesday, this two-hour lab provides an individual workstation for each resident, complete with operating microscopes and updated instrument systems. Sessions are led by otologists/ neurotologists Sam Marzo, John Leonetti and Matthew Kircher

Salary and Benefits

Information on stipends and benefits can be found here.


Parking is available on campus at a monthly cost.

Meal Allowance
Money for meals is distributed via a debit card system.  Funds are added to individual accounts in 6 month increments.

Call Schedule
PGY1 residents do not take call.  PGY2-PGY3 residents take five days of in-house call each month.  PGY5 chief residents alternate home-call throughout the month.

Upon Graduation
At the completion of residency, each physician will have the solid foundation of basic science education, surgical skills, patient care experience and research proficiency needed to become a well-rounded otolaryngologist.  We also believe your time in our ENT residency program will instill in you a desire for ongoing education and skill-building.

How to Apply

We will recruit a total of 3 PGY-1 candidates for 2020.

If you are interested in applying to the Otolaryngology Residency Program, applications are accepted only through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). 

We are registered through the National Resident Matching Program.

The deadline for applications for the PGY-1 residency starting July 2020 is October 11th, 2019.

Program Requirements

Applicants must obtain a medical degree (MD or DO) from an accredited U.S. or foreign medical school prior to marticulation. Foreign medical graduates must have successfully passed the ECFMG certifying examination. All candidates must be eligible for medical licensure in Illinois.

Application Requirements:

  • ERAS Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • USMLE Step 1 Report
  • Medical School Transcript
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

ENT Residency Interviews

If selected for an interview, you will be notified by email. Interviews are conducted in January.

Our interview day begins at 7:30a.m. and ends at approximately 2:00 p.m. Interviewees then are invited to attend a social gathering with the program’s current residents at a nearby restaurant.



For more detailed information regarding our program, please contact:

Lauren Nagle
ENT Residency Program Coordinator