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Otolaryngology - ENT

Pathway Director

Robert Sataloff, M.D., D.M.A., F.A.C.S. Office #
rtsataloff@phillyent.com (215) 790-5165
Debbie Westergon Office@phillyent.com

Drexel Fourth Year Discipline Based Pathway System

Pathway Director's Advice On Commonly Asked Questions

How important is it for a student to have completed some type of research to match in this specialty? When should the research be done? Does it have to be specialty specific?

It otolaryngology, research helps a great deal. Ideally, the research should be completed and published by the time the application is due. Research specific to otolaryngology is best, but experience which can be utilized for future projects, such as basic science research, is also useful.

Are research opportunities available in your department?

Yes. Contact Dr. Robert Sataloff at RTSataloff@PhillyENT.com to inquire about opportunities.

Are shadowing opportunities available?

Yes. Shadowing is open to all students whenever there is an available doctor in the office. Please call Debbie Keeler at 215-790-5165 to find the office and operative schedules and arrange for a visit.

Are away rotations essential to a successful match in your specialty?

Away rotations are the best chance at selecting exactly where you would like to do your otolaryngology residency. They are also critical in obtaining letters of recommendation from people outside our department. Away rotations are important and inquiries to away institutions should begin by March/April of the third year.

Any other advice you wish to share?

Please contact Dr. Robert Sataloff through Debbie at 215-790-5165 if you are interested in a career in Otolaryngology or would just like to learn more about the field. The best way to learn is to schedule a day in the office to gain exposure and discuss your candidacy.

Go to the Drexel Careers Development Center for information on residency planning, match results, FREIDA (lists of residency training programs across the country) and more.

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Specialty Description

An otolaryngologist - head and neck surgeon provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for patients with diseases and disorders that affect the ears, nose, throat, the respiratory and upper alimentary systems, and related structures of the head and neck. The otolaryngologist diagnoses and provides medical and/or surgical therapy or prevention of diseases, allergies, neoplasms, deformities, disorders and/or injuries of the ears, nose, sinuses, throat, respiratory and upper alimentary systems, face, jaws and the other head and neck systems. Head and neck oncology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, and treatment of disorders of hearing and voice are fundamental areas of expertise. (Source: The American Board of Medical Specialties. Guide to Physician Specialties. Evanston, IL: American Board of Medical Specialties; February 2008.)

Time Requirement

Residency in otolaryngology consists of one year of training divided into 6 months of otolarynology and 6 months of general surgery and other fields. It is then followed by four years of otolaryngology training. Up to two years of additional fellowship training may be required to practice in one of the subspecialty areas.

National Organizations

The national specialty organizations can provide medical students with excellent resources as well as updates on current activities within the field, conferences, and on-going research opportunities and research funding.


Residency Application and Match Info*

  National Statistic DUCoM
Average Application Count by Specialty (2017)** 38.4 48.6
Mean Number of programs ranked in matched specialty (2014-2016)*** 11.6 10.7
Application Services ERAS  
Matching Program

Drexel Match Data --2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018

*The number of applications and programs ranked will vary based on many factors. Students should seek advice from their Pathway Advisor and/or their Student Affairs Career Advisor in conjunction with the data above.
**Data drawn from ERAS data
*** Data drawn from NRMP Characterstics of Matched Seniors

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Specialty Specific Opportunities

For external research, volunteering, educational, and other opportunities check the Career Advising Website pages on Research and Community, Educational, and Externship Opportunities. Most of these opportunities are summer programs however some are available throughout the year.