The sub-internship rotation is a 4-week clinical rotation designed for students interested in a career in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

The course provides a broad experience in clinical activities, including inpatient and outpatient care, assisting in the operating room, emergency room call, and the consult service. Through this rotation, the student will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the breadth of OHNS and to work with the residents, fellows, and faculty in the Duke Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences. Students will spend time with each of the following divisions:

  • Head and Neck Oncology
  • Laryngology
  • Facial Plastics
  • Otology/Neurotology
  • Rhinology/Endoscopic Skull Base
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology

The rotation occurs at Duke Hospital. The rotation will be divided between the different services, and daily assignments will be made by the chief residents. Students will be active contributors during ward rounds and will be expected to take one night and one weekend of call with the junior resident. At the end of the rotation, students will give a 15-20–minute presentation on the topic of their choice at Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds.

In addition to standard clinical duties, the student will also have the opportunity to attend the Temporal Bone Lab and any other hands-on labs that may be scheduled during their time at Duke. Throughout the month, the student is expected to attend weekly Grand Rounds, didactic sessions, and tumor board.

To facilitate scheduling, students are encouraged to apply to the Sub-Internship early.

Russel Kahmke, MD
Clerkship Director

Janet Lee, MD
Assistant Clerkship Director

Sylvia Garret
Clerkship Coordinator


Student Benefits

  • Full integration with the residency program during the sub-internship
    • End-of-rotation informal social with residents
    • Participation in the following courses when offered during the sub-internship:
      • OHNS Emergency Skills Course
      • Annual Cadaver Dissection Course – weekend course with rhinology, facial plastics, and head and neck oncology dissections
      • Temporal Bone Dissection Course
      • Resident Injection Clinic
      • Journal Clubs
  • Free access to the Duke Fitness Center
  • Access to the Duke Library System
  • Access to Student Lounges

City of Durham

Below is a list of places and events to enjoy in Durham on your off days and transportation options around the city:

How to Apply

We encourage medical students to apply for a sub-internship rotation with us before they apply for a residency so they may apply to residency after gaining in-person experience with the Duke Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences. However, the sub-internship is not required prior to residency application. If you are interested in doing a sub-internship at Duke, please contact Lori Allsbrook. Applications for external students will be taken through the AAMC’s Visiting Student Application Service.

Underrepresented Minority Applicants

The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Diversity and Inclusion Committee funds two $1000 grants for URM students applying to away rotations in Otolaryngology to help offset the costs of travel, food, and housing. Please see details at their website.

Program Contact

Sylvia V. Garrett
Program Coordinator
Phone: 919-681-7388