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Clinical Electives Program: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Sessions. Four- or Eight-Week Session

Rotation Coordinators:
Carter Van Waes, MD, PhD

Rotation Description
The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) offers a four- to twelve-week elective program for a limited number of fourth-year medical students. The program places an emphasis on the diagnosis and care of patients participating in research protocols in the outpatient and inpatient setting. These opportunities include assessment of patients, observation of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and observation of patients receiving inpatient surgery or combined chemotherapy and radiation therapy. For 8-12 week electives, there may be opportunities for involvement in clinical research activities of the assigned senior staff mentor. Students may elect to assist with an intramural research project as part of their experience. The program places emphasis on the molecular and cellular pathogenesis and treatment of disorders affecting hearing, balance, voice, speech, and language.

Students will attend NIDCD and NIH Clinical Center Grand Rounds, NIDCD intramural research seminars, and section journal club meetings on a weekly basis. Note: No more than two missed days of attendance for interviews or other purposes will be allowed and requests should be made prior to final acceptance.

Rotation Objectives

  • Familiarize students with opportunities for clinical research and care in communication disorders and in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery
  • Allow students to participate in or observe investigational study and treatment of disorders affecting human communication
  • Acquaint students with methods for clinical investigation in disorders affecting human communication
  • Involve students in a research project in the Tumor Biology or Hearing Section


  • Carter Van Waes, MD, PhD
  • Wade Chen, MD
  • Clint Allen, MD
  • Michael Hoa, MD
  • Susannah Wargo, RN, CRNP, PhD
  • Wojciech Mydlarz, MD
  • Nyall London, MD,PhD
  • Nakisa Garris, RN, CRNP

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This page last updated on 11/03/2022

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