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Become An Otolaryngologist

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Working As An Otolaryngologist

  • $250,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What An Otolaryngologist does

  • Performed clerical duties, such as word processing, data entry, answering phones and filing.
  • Obtained vast knowledge of the following: drugs and generic names, scrubbing with surgeon; entering and exiting in O.R.
  • Assisted physician in office procedures, maintaining instrumentation and equipment sterility and managed the office.
  • Obtained information about clients' medical history, drug history, complaints and allergies.
  • Monitored vital signs, such as blood pressure and pulse.
  • Contacted insurance providers to verify correct insurance information and get authorization for proper billing codes.
  • Performed evaluation, diagnosis, and management of otorhinolaryngologic problems (outpatient care) in adult and children.
  • Managed facial trauma and epistaxis.

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How To Become An Otolaryngologist

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.

Education

Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. Students also take courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years, medical students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. Through rotations in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, they gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in a variety of areas.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.

Compassion. Physicians and surgeons deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be good at working with their hands. They may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Leadership skills. Physicians who work in their own practice need to be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their practice.

Organizational skills. Some physicians own their own practice. Strong organizational skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need special attention. Persons who fear medical treatment may require more patience.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.

Training

After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, generally lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete residency training in their specialty.

All physicians and surgeons also must pass a standardized national licensure exam. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board. 

Certification is not required for physicians and surgeons; however, it may increase their employment opportunities. M.D.s and D.O.s seeking board certification in a specialty may spend up to 7 years in residency training; the length of time varies with the specialty. To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

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Real Otolaryngologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Otolaryngologist Renaissance Medical Foundation Edinburg, TX Jan 15, 2016 $489,000
Otolaryngologist Eastern Maine Medical Center Bangor, ME Aug 31, 2014 $410,000
Pediatric and General Otolaryngologist Sanford Clinic North Fargo, ND Jul 06, 2015 $400,000
Otolaryngologist Saint Anthony's Physician Group Alton, IL Sep 01, 2011 $375,660
Otolaryngologist Mayo Clinic Mankato, MN May 01, 2012 $370,000
Otolaryngologist Mayo Clinic Mankato, MN Apr 01, 2012 $370,000
Otolaryngologist Valley Ear Nose and Throat Specialists, Pa Harlingen, TX Jan 30, 2015 $360,000
Otolaryngologist Hanover Hospital Hanover, PA Mar 13, 2008 $350,000
Pediatric Otolaryngologist Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation Oak Lawn, IL Jan 11, 2016 $330,000 -
$350,000
Otolaryngologist Dominion Health Medical Associates, Ltd. South Boston, VA Oct 15, 2015 $325,000
Otolaryngologist Chattahoochee Valley Hospital Society Valley, AL Aug 01, 2012 $325,000
Otolaryngologist Hawaii Pacific Health Urban Honolulu, HI Jan 06, 2016 $300,000
Otolaryngologist Willamette Valley Clinics, LLC McMinnville, OR Sep 15, 2013 $300,000
Otolaryngologist Hawaii Pacific Health Urban Honolulu, HI Sep 03, 2013 $300,000
Otolaryngologist Willamette Valley Clinics, LLC McMinnville, OR Sep 15, 2010 $300,000
Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon Toccoa Clinic Medical Associates, LLP Toccoa, GA Dec 01, 2010 $300,000 -
$325,000
Otolaryngologist Enticare P.C. Casa Grande, AZ Jun 27, 2015 $250,000
Otolaryngologist Enticare P.C. Casa Grande, AZ Jun 27, 2012 $250,000
Pediatric Otolaryngologist University of Kentucky Lexington, KY May 04, 2009 $230,000
Staff Otolaryngologist Louis Stokes Cleveland Va Medical Center Cleveland, OH Oct 20, 2012 $227,500
Staff Otolaryngologist Louis Stokes Cleveland Va Medical Center Cleveland, OH Oct 19, 2009 $225,000
Otolaryngologist Poplar Bluff HMA Physician Management LLC Poplar Bluff, MO May 26, 2014 $223,600 -
$450,000
Otolaryngologist Poplar Bluff HMA Physician Management LLC Malden, MO May 26, 2014 $223,600 -
$450,000
Otolaryngologist Poplar Bluff HMA Physician Management LLC Dexter, MO May 26, 2014 $223,600 -
$450,000

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Top Skills for An Otolaryngologist

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Top Otolaryngologist Skills

  1. Vital Signs
  2. Allergy Patients
  3. Aid Hearing
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Roomed patients, vital signs, set up scope for looking through nose or throat.
  • Contacted insurance providers to verify correct insurance information and get authorization for proper billing codes.
  • Assisted in all areas of administrative work including data entry, receptionist duties, file organization, research and development.
  • Assisted physician in office procedures, maintaining instrumentation and equipment sterility and managed the office.
  • Performed evaluation, diagnosis, and management of otorhinolaryngologic problems (outpatient care) in adult and children.