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June 1968

Fundamentals of a Good Residency Program

Author Affiliations

Iowa City, Iowa
From the University Hospitals, State University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;87(6):626-629. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00760060628015

IT IS a great privilege to be the guest of honor of the section.

It would be extremely difficult, in fact almost impossible, to outline in detail an ideal program that would be applicable for all departments of otorhinolaryngology. The reason for this is that there are so many variables in regard to clinical material, physical facilities, teachers, etc. I can, however, discuss some of the basic problems involved in the formation of a good practical otorhinolaryngology service.

Autonomy  It is preferable that departments be autonomous. It has been shown in recent surveys that independent departments are usually the best in the country. They should have at least separate and adequate budgets, select their own staffs, direct their own programs, and have representation on medical school committees.Departments or residencies in otorhinolaryngology that are under surgery or are sections of surgery, with few exceptions, are weaker. Their budgets are not adequate;

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