Welcome to Loyola's Otolaryngology Department. My name is Dr. Albert park, and I will be coordinating your otolaryngology experience. I will need to meet you at the beginning of your rotation then periodically to review some of the literature enclosed in packet and to discuss any issues or concerns. Irene Tomasek (available at extension 64802), is our administrative director for medical students. Irene Tomasek is located in the otolaryngology department offices in the Maguire Building, Room 1870. any questions, concerns or changes in the schedule should be addressed to Irene.












You should learn the following from your experience here:

  1. Students should be able to perform a basic head and neck examination utilizing a flashlight, tongue blade and otoscope. I will be glad to show you the key aspects of the examination. The residents can also show you the proper technique. You are not expected to become proficient with microotoscopy, flexible laryngoscopy or the mirror exam but are welcome to try.
  2. Students should know the warning signs and risk factors for head and neck malignancy. Some of the information is enclosed in your readings. If possible, students should know the physical appearance of squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity.
  3. Students should spend 1-2 hours with the audiologists to learn about sound fields, air and bone conduction and tympanometry.
  4. Every student should see at least one tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy and PE tube insertion during their rotation. Dr. Hotaling and I perform most of these procedures. Dr. Hotaling typically operates on Monday mornings; I operate on Thursday mornings. Students should try to see a tracheotomy, tympanoplasty and neck dissection if possible. Ask Irene for the surgery schedule.
  5. Students should be familiar with the articles enclosed in your brochure.









Good references include:

All these references are available in the resident library located at the otolaryngology offices.







Clinical Responsibilities:

Your clinical responsibilities depend on the duration of your rotation. 

3rd yr. medical students on service for 2 weeks will rotate between the red service for 1 wk. and gold service for 1 wk. 

4th yr medical students on service for 2 wks. will follow the attending staff at the clinics and observe certain surgical cases (see number 4). 4th yr. medical students will rotate among the services at Loyola and Hines. Those medical students rotating on a clinical service will be expected to round with the appropriate team in the morning and evenings, assist in surgical cases, and attend clinics.











Call is optional for all students. If you do take call you should try to work with a PGY3 level resident to maximize your educational experience. 











There will be regular Wednesday morning lectures and discussions. These lectures start at 6:00 am (yes, 6 am) until 9:00 am. The Wednesday morning lectures are mandatory for 4th year medical students, Dr. Richard Buckingham, a world renowned otologist, visits the VA ENT clinic every Wednesday afternoon where he sees a group of patients and then a lecture or slide show follows. These sessions with Dr. Buckingham are a fabulous opportunity to learn how to perform a good ear examination. Attendance is strongly encouraged.















Medical students who rotate on the 4 wk service will have to take a written examination. The articles cover many of the topics tested. This should be taken on the last day of the rotation; please arrange the time with Irene Tomasek.

Your evaluation will be based on your performance at our weekly meetings, on your clinical performance and written examination (if applicable). At the end of your rotation, you will be asked to evaluate your experience. If you have any questions, contact Irene Tomasek at 216-4802 or Dr. Albert H. Park (pager 17189). We hope you enjoy your rotation.