Specialty spotlight: Otolaryngology
Alumnus Dr. Phillip Khalil speaks
to students for Career Medical Specialty Series
By Richard Heck
Oct. 23, 2008
residency programs in otolaryngology—the field of ear, nose, throat,
and head and neck medicine—are highly competitive, the specialty
makes for a versatile and rewarding career, according to Phillip
L. Khalil, D.O. (’01).
addressed first- and second-year students on Oct. 21 as part of
OU-COM’s Career Medical Specialties Series. He runs a private
practice at Ohio Valley Head and Neck Surgery in Cuyahoga Falls and
Hudson, Ohio, where he treats pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT)
disorders, as well as allergy, sinus, sleep apnea, hearing, balance,
thyroid, speech, swallowing and salivary disorders. He also performs
facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
offers physicians a “nice mix of surgery and medical treatments,”
Khalil said. ENT disorders incorporate a variety of specialties,
including respiratory medicine, audiology, speech pathology,
endocrinology and neurology, to name a few.
practice, Khalil said he devotes one-half to two-thirds of his time
to medical treatments and the rest to surgery. “I really like the
medical aspect of my practice, but I enjoy surgery, too. You have to
have an appreciation of all these different components.”
the students that ENT residency programs are highly competitive
because there are so few—only about 15 to 17 programs, which
typically accept just one or two residents each year. “There are
roughly 25 spots annually,” he said.
hospitals in OU-COM’s Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education
offer such residencies: Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Grandview
Medical Center in Dayton, and Affinity Medical Center in Massillon,
each accepting one resident per year.
students to begin making connections early, as osteopathic residency
directors often accept candidates who previously rotated through
their programs. Osteopathic physicians can face even steeper
competition for allopathic residency programs, given the greater
number of M.D. applicants.
that typical otolaryngology residencies involve a five-year program.
The first year is a combined general surgery internship, and the
remaining years are devoted exclusively to otolaryngology.
Otolaryngology residents put in between 70 and 80 work hours per
week, he said. “They’re long hours, and it’s tough, but doable.”
a specialty, Khalil told the students to “pick a specialty you
really like,” but also to consider lifestyle factors associated with
each choice. “If you truly enjoy the work, the extra hours won’t
matter so much.”