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ENT residents score #1 in the country on the national otolaryngology training exam

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Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

The Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery is committed to excellence across our three missions of education, research, and patient care. We are a team of passionate people who strive to provide the highest level of work, improving the lives of those we serve and our community. With a strong emphasis on basic science, translational and clinical research, our research facility ranks in the top third of programs nationally for research funding from the National Institutes of Health. We strive to make significant contributions that will improve the quality of health care services for generations to come.

Our resident learners enjoy exceptional training opportunities at UMMC, the state's only academic medical center, offering exposure to a well-balanced case mix and the latest equipment and techniques. Residents develop a strong sense of camaraderie, both at work and after hours, as they train alongside leaders in research, education and clinical care. The department’s nationally recognized divisions of otolaryngology, audiology, speech-language pathology provide a broad spectrum of clinical services for patients of all ages as well as the most comprehensive care in the region. Our commitment is to provide outstanding care along with an excellent customer experience for our patients in every interaction. Learn more about our health care services here.

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Points of Pride

  • In 2023, our residents were the highest performing program in the country, out of 125 programs nationally, on the American Board of Otolaryngology –Head and Neck Surgery Training Exam. In 2022, they scored in the top 3 programs in the country and historically, they consistently score in the top 10 percent nationally.
  • Our resident graduates have a 100% board passage rate.
  • We have matched 7 residents into competitive pediatric otolaryngology, otology, laryngology and facial plastics and reconstructive surgery fellowships from 2019-2022.
  • Recent NIH research funding places us as high as the top third nationally.
  • Our faculty includes fellowship-trained otolaryngologists in all subspecialities including divisions of pediatric otolaryngology and head and neck oncology.
  • We have two state-of-the-art clinic locations seeing over 40,000 patients annually and multiple OR sites servicing over 4,500 cases annually.
  • Each year, our department leads philanthropy projects including screenings in under-served communities, community service events in a food pantry and international humanitarian trips.

Message from the Interim Chair

Welcome to the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

I am honored to serve as interim chair of our department after our former leader, Dr. Scott Stringer, stepped down after more than 2 decades of service. Dr. Stringer led the department with the central tenet of constant improvement in the pursuit of excellence.

This included an unwavering dedication to patients, trainees, faculty, and staff. I plan to continue that tradition of excellence in all that we do and support our department on its continued trajectory of superior clinical care, education, and research pursuits.

Headshot of Dr. Melissa Scholes, Interim Chair.

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UMMC Department of Otolaryngology -
Head and Neck Surgery

2500 N. State St.
Jackson, MS 39216-4505
Department Administration: (601) 984-5162
ENT Clinic: (601) 984-5160