Medical Student Electives

About two weeks before your rotation with the Department of Otolaryngology, you will receive an email confirming the dates of your rotation along with contact information for your site and senior resident. If you have questions, email Vicki Muscatello

Electives for Phase 4 Students

OTOL 8000 - Clinical Otolaryngology
4 weeks
Course Director, Dr. Brian Cervenka

Recommended for students considering an Otolaryngology career. This rotation offers in-depth clinical and operative exposure in all manner of head and neck diseases. This rotation is also useful for those pursuing a career in primary care to further hone head and neck exam and diagnostic skills. Dr. Brian Cervenka assigns final grades. Acting Internship Rotation


  1. Participate in operative cases and clinical encounters relating to treatment of patients with head and neck diseases.
  2. Develop ability to perform a comprehensive head and beck physical examination.
  3. Improve clinical knowledge about head and back diseases.

Away Rotation Travel Grant:

We invite medical students who are pursuing otolaryngology residency and who will bring a diverse perspective to our program to apply for an away rotation travel grant.  One applicant who meets criteria will be chosen by the resident education team to receive $1,000 toward travel and housing costs incurred during rotation. 

To qualify for the grant, applicants must:

  1. Submit a complete application through VSAS to participate in an away rotation at the University of Colorado.
  2. Submit a one (1) page personal statement describing how you bring a diverse perspective to our program or have overcome adversity to reach your goals. Personal statements are to be emailed to Vicki Muscatello.

Selection for the grant is done on a rolling basis each year.  Once away rotations have been confirmed, the education team will select one grant recipient and notify them of their decision.

OTOL 8600 - Research In Otolaryngology
4 - 12 weeks
Course Director, Katie Rennie, PhD

This Otolaryngology elective will be held at a site in Colorado. Prerequisites: Prior approval from Associate Dean and course director required to register, and a completed application for research credit must be submitted three months prior to the start.

Students are required to discuss course evaluations with individual instructor and ensure written evaluations are faxed to course coordinator at 303-724-1961. Dr. Rennie assigns final grades. 


  1. Work in supervised environment to gain appreciation for research design, criticism and statistical analysis.
  2. Complete research project with potential to publish in peer-reviewed journal.

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