We strive to provide the best otolaryngology education available. We want you to exceed your dreams.
Some key education ingredients to our program include:
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is the parent institution and headquarters for the
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is consistently ranked in the top fifteen nationally. Additionally, the school of medicine also ranks in the top ten in NIH funding. From 2000- 2005, the compound annual growth rate in NIH grant awards to the school of medicine was 17.8%- the fastest growth of all U.S. academic medical centers. Furthermore, the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center is amongst the top ten in NIH funding, with over $10 million in grants. Our department consistently ranks among the elite departments nationally by U.S. News and World Reports, where most recently, the department is #7, having propelled from #16 in 2009. The residency program has received continued accreditation. We have also received a rare commendation as a "model" program. Vanderbilt Medical Center places on the U.S. News and World Reports Honor Roll. Recently, Fortune magazine ranked Vanderbilt University as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For List- the first time ever that an educational institution has made the list. The Bill Wilkerson Center family also includes Audiology #1 and Speech Pathology #3. The collaborative effort of such outstanding departments is one of many reasons the Bill Wilkerson Center is a premier institute for Otolaryngology and the Communication Sciences.
The Bill Wilkerson Center, which opened in July 2005, occupies approximately 150,000 square feet within the South Tower of Medical Center East. This space includes space for clinical, academic and research activities as well as speech pathology and audiology. This facility also houses a 12-station temporal bone dissection laboratory with modern equipment, as well as a 2-station microsurgical skills lab. Within the department, there are 29 M.D. clinicians, 4 Ph.D./N.P. clinicians, and 7 dedicated research faculty members. The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences oversees the Division of Audiology where all audiology and vestibular testing is performed. In addition to conventional audiometry and tympanometry, the audiologists, with residents, carry out ABR, ENG, rotary vestibular testing, otoacoustic emissions, and hearing aid evaluations. Intraoperative facial nerve and auditory system monitoring is performed on all neurotologic skull base cases, and residents attend an Intraoperative Monitoring course during their residency. Our voice speech pathologists actively work with the clinicians performing voice evaluations, electroglottography and objective measurements of voice with aerodynamic studies, nasometry, video endoscopy and stroboscopy. Each resident spends time with the audiologists and speech pathologists as part of the workup of patients referred to them from the outpatient clinic.
The Center’s Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, also located within the South Tower of Medical Center East, is an integral part of
The Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library, located just adjacent to the hospital, contains most of the journals read by the residents in Otolaryngology. The library's extensive electronic communication system allows instant access to literature via Smartphone.
In addition, the Department of Otolaryngology has its own library and receives most of the current journals. Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality conference, Resident Teaching conference and the Basic Science lecture series are held in the Center’s classrooms, which is easily accessible from all of the affiliated hospitals in the program. Animal surgical facilities are located in the Rudolph Light Surgical Labs, immediately adjacent to the hospital and include connection to the hospital via underground tunnel. Animal care is provided by a full-time staff of technicians supervised by the full-time veterinary staff. The Department of Otolaryngology is involved in both large and small animal research, basic science research, laser-related research, audiology research and voice research at this institution.