The Department of Otorhinolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery at Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Medicine was established in 1980. The mission of the Department is to provide excellent education to medical students and residents; to practice contemporary, high quality patient care; and to create new or expanded knowledge from basic and clinical otolaryngology research.
Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Medicine has recently introduced a new undergraduate curriculum. Basic otorhinolaryngology disease processes and principles are conveyed by Problem-based Learning and Task-based learning in the first four years of medical education. Clinical skills are incorporated in a two weeks period in the fifth year. The objectives of the programme are to demonstrate the ability to take and record a complete otorhinolaryngological history and examination; to be able to arrive at a tentative clinical diagnosis; differentiate between life-threatening serious and minor conditions; and to be conversant with the various modalities of treatment used in otolaryngology.
The residency program is five years in duration with two residents per year. The Otolaryngology training programme is a broad-based programme devoted to the training of well skilled otorhinolaryngologists. As such, it provides extensive experience in general otolaryngology, otology/neurotology, rhinology, head and neck surgery (including oncology and rehabilitation), pediatric otolrhinolaryngology, and plastic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck. As the trainee progresses, he or she gradually assumes greater responsibility in all aspects of patient care, and performs increasingly complex surgical procedures. All of this occurs in an atmosphere intended to encourage intellectual stimulation and academic growth.
Since 1980, 30 residents have completed the programme and have gone on to practice in Turkey in private or academic practice.
Opportunities for research within the Department are numerous. Hearing and Balance Disorders, Head and Neck Oncology, Snoring and Sleep Apnea, Laryngology and Voice Disorders are research areas that have recently been identified as focus areas. Residents are expected to complete at least one project during their residency and dedicated research time is provided within the resident's schedule to facilitate this requirement.
On a yearly basis, there are over 10.000 scheduled outpatient visits to the Department and another 1.000 emergency visits. Clinical service is provided in seven divisions: general otorhinolaryngology, otology/neurotology, head and neck surgical oncology, laryngology and voice disorders, rhinology and hearing disorders and audiology.
There are over 1500 surgical procedures performed by the members of the Department of Otolaryngology on an annual basis in two well-equipped operating rooms. Inpatient care is provided on a dedicated floor. Ambulatory surgery is provided both in the main operating rooms and as well as in a minor procedure area.
At the present time there are 9 otorhinolaryngologists 6 of whom are full-time on the staff. The Audiology Unit provides behavioural audiometry, auditory evoked response testing, electroneuronography, facial nerve monitoring, cochlear implants, and hearing aids. A full range of vestibular testing is provided in the Vestibular Laboratory, and our Voice and Speech Laboratory provides a full range of both diagnostic and therapeutic services.
Prof.Dr.Semih SÜTAY (Head of the department)
Prof.Dr.Enis Alpin GÜNERİ
Assoc.Prof.Dr.Ahmet Ömer İKİZ
Assoc.Prof.Dr.Taner Kemal ERDAĞ