Residency Program

Training tomorrow’s otolaryngologists/head and neck surgeons

Our residency program in Otolaryngology─Head and Neck Surgery at Dalhousie University is a five-year training program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

We train future otolaryngologists/head and neck surgeons in all aspects of the specialty described by the RCPSC objectives of training and based on the CanMEDS format to ensure competence in the areas of Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Health Advocate, Manager, Scholar and Professional as they relate to otolaryngology─head and neck surgery.

Program goals

When you complete our residency program, you will be prepared to:

  • lead a successful clinical practice in Canada or other countries as a generalist otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon
  • undertake subspecialty training in any aspect of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery through a fellowship program in Canada, the United States, or throughout the world, and then practise as a subspecialist in either a regional centre or university academic centre
  • successfully pass the RCPSC Examination in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Training sites

Our residents train primarily in Halifax at the QEII Health Sciences Centre (adult subspecialties), IWK Health Centre (pediatric otolaryngology) and Dartmouth General Hospital (community-based general otolaryngology). Dalhousie also maintains training sites in other locations in the Maritime Provinces, such as off-service rotations in Saint John, New Brunswick. You will have opportunities to do elective rotations in any location or field approved by the program director.

How to apply

You can apply to the Dalhousie Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery training program through the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS).

A limited number of training positions funded through other means are also considered. Our goal is to have 10-12 residents in our five-year training program at any time.


Learn more about our residency program structure or contact us for more information on our program.