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Welcome from Program Director

Hello and welcome from Durham!

I would like to thank you for your interest in Duke Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences and invite you to learn more about what we have to offer. Selection of your training program represents one of the most important professional decisions of your life. Finding the right “fit” is a common theme among applicants during the interview process. It is my hope that after reviewing our program that you are able to make a more informed decision about spending some time with us.

Our vision is to be a global leader in promoting healthier connections with the world. To that end, we strive to train tomorrow’s leaders in our field. We provide an academic environment that seeks to challenge the residents to perform at their personal best. We have two separate match codes for our residency programs: one for a 5-year track and one for a 7-year research track. Our well-rounded educational programs include weekly Grand Rounds, weekly subspecialty didactics, resident teaching conferences, visiting professorships, and cadaver dissection labs to name a few. Also integrated into the program is our four-month research block with dedicated and protected time to pursue basic and or clinical investigation. Please take a moment to review some of the recent publications of our residents. They are quite impressive!

Following their tenure as residents at Duke, many of our newly-minted colleagues continue their educational efforts in some of the most desired fellowships in our field (check out our recent graduates). To date, all residents applying to fellowships have successfully matched. We are also proud of the continued connections that we maintain with our graduates as we support them in the development of their clinical and academic autonomy. 

We take great pride in our program and the accomplishments of our residents and faculty. We are honored by your interest. If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask.

Respectfully,

Charles R. Woodard, M.D.
Director, Otolaryngology Residency Program
Associate Professor of Surgery