Education and Training
The Duke Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences is committed to training the next generation of leaders in otolaryngology, audiology, and speech pathology. We have explicit programs and endeavors focused on leadership development.
Our residency and fellowship programs prepare future physicians, clinicians and scientists to make lasting contributions in the fields of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery and communication sciences. We are committed to helping qualified candidates recognize and realize their full potential to become excellent physicians, audiologists, and speech pathologists.
The Duke Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences offers two residency programs: an otolaryngology residency and a speech pathology and audiology residency.
Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, our residency program offers a range and depth of experiences to equip residents to become leaders in their specialty, whether in academic or independent practice. Learn more about the otolaryngology program, including program structure, goals, and how to apply.
Speech Pathology and Audiology Residency
Our audiology residency gives students hands-on experience in audiology services. Learn more about our audiology residency, including how to apply and what to expect.
The academic culture within the Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences integrates research throughout the residency training program. Our trainees are offered both basic and clinical research opportunities spanning the breadth of our specialty. We offer a traditional 5-year residency track and a 7-year research track, through separate match codes.
All residents can and do participate in research activities throughout their training, and have protected research blocks during their 4th year. Residents in the Research Track, an academic career development pathway, also have a dedicated 2-year block following their PGY2 clinical year, to pursue a mentored program of research training. Trainees may identify research mentors from within or outside the department, providing an ability to focus on a broad range of subjects, including cancer biology, stem cells, neuroscience, global health, aging disorders, and more. The research track additionally provides tailored opportunities during the 7th year, to help trainees transition to the next step of their academic career path.
We offer several fellowships to train tomorrow’s leaders in clinical research related to otolaryngology and speech pathology clinical practice. These include:
- Head and Neck Fellowship
- Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Fellowship
- Vestibular and Implant Externship
Externships and Student Opportunities
Speech Pathology Graduate Student Externship
The Duke Speech Pathology program offers graduate clinicians the ability to apply their academic training in acute care, outpatient, and clinic settings in pediatric or adult programs that serve medically complex patients with a variety of speech, language, and swallowing disorders. Our speech pathologists work closely with multidisciplinary teams of health care professionals, use state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and participate in a variety of specialty clinics including ALS Clinic, Autism Clinic, Cleft and Craniofacial Board, Down Syndrome Clinic, and Special Infant Care Clinic. Learn about our Graduate Student Externship in Speech Pathology.
Student Observations for Speech Pathology and Audiology
Duke offers student observation opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in speech-language pathology and audiology. We offer multiple settings for observation both in Duke Hospital and Duke Children's Hospital and a variety of outpatient clinics. Our patient population ranges in age from infants to geriatrics. We evaluate and treat patients from many different levels of acuity with a wide variety of communication, swallowing and hearing disorders. Please email us at Speech.Hearing@mc.duke.edu to schedule an observation.
Duke Voice Care Center Graduate Student Externship
Duke Voice Care Center provides semester-long externship opportunities for graduate SLP clinicians interested in clinical voice care. Eligible students will learn how to evaluate and treat patients with a variety of voice disorders including traumatic vocal fold lesions, vocal fold paralysis, chronic cough, vocal cord dysfunction, laryngeal cancer, spasmodic dysphonia and more. Our speech pathologists work with a variety of patients, spanning ages from pediatric to geriatric, and pathologies from acute to medically complex. DVCC team members see patients in multiple locations, giving students the chance to train in outpatient clinics in both Raleigh and Durham. Learn more about our Graduate Student Externship at Duke Voice Care Center.
Student Observations at Duke Voice Care Center
DVCC offers student observation opportunities for students who are interested in clinical voice care. Settings for observation may include our clinics at Duke South and/or Duke Otolaryngology of Raleigh. We evaluate and treat patients with a wide gamut of voice problems, including traumatic vocal fold lesions, vocal fold paralysis, laryngeal cancer, vocal cord dysfunction, chronic cough, spasmodic dysphonia, and more. Please call us at 919-681-4984 to schedule an observation.
Continuing Medical Education
The Duke Department of Surgery offers an extensive array of continuing medical education (CME) courses and conferences