Director's Welcome

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Director's Welcome

Our residency provides comprehensive training in the medical and surgical care of patients with diseases involving the ears, upper respiratory and aerodigestive tracts and related structures of the head and neck.

To achieve our educational goals, the program provides structured clinical experience in the operating room, inpatient, and outpatient settings, didactic instruction and research training to cover the entire scope of the specialty of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery. We utilize the latest, most innovative technologies and techniques in our program to enrich the educational experience.

We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our graduates who have gone on to subspecialty fellowship training, academic careers, or thriving clinical practices, and we look forward to meeting you on your journey to becoming a confident, compassionate and skilled otolaryngologist.

Kelley Dodson, M.D.

About the Program

Centered at the VCU Medical Center (VCUMC) in downtown Richmond, this five-year training program accepts three residents each year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The hospital is home to the busiest Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center in Virginia, more than 40 operating rooms and more than 100,000 emergency visits per year.

Each resident spends 12 months training at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC), located less than 10 miles south of the city. HHMMC has more than 400 acute care beds, and is a tertiary care referral center for oncology, open-heart surgery, spinal cord injury and heart, lung, and liver transplantation for the Mid-Atlantic region. Our faculty and residents run a fully equipped outpatient clinic and state-of-the-art operating rooms for both inpatient and outpatient surgery.

Curriculum and Rotations

The department consists of two services: VCUMC and HHMMC. Two residents (one junior and one senior) are always scheduled to cover HHMC, while the remaining trainees cover the VCUMC service. During the last eight months of each academic year, one resident is assigned to protected research time.

PGY-1

  • Rotations
  • Ear, nose and throat: 6 months
  • Trauma, plastic surgery, STICU, anesthesia, OMFS, radiation oncology: 6 months

Otolaryngology/head and neck surgery residents  spend their first year at VCU gaining exposure to concepts and techniques of medical and surgical disciplines complimentary to otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, training in the pre- and post-operative care of the surgical patient ranging from elective to critically ill and developing fundamental surgical techniques, skills and judgment.

PGY-2

  • Rotations
  • VCU Medical Center: 10 months
  • Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center: 1 month
  • Research: 1 month

PGY-2 residents are primarily responsible for the daily care of service inpatients and emergency room consults, including the initial evaluation of head and neck trauma patients and closure of facial lacerations when the service covers facial trauma call (every third week).

Basic operative procedures covered during PGY-2 include:

  • Myringotomy and tube placement
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Excision of simple head and neck masses
  • Repair of complex traumatic lacerations
  • Tracheotomy
  • Endoscopy
  • Turbinate reduction
  • Septoplasty
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

PGY-3

  • Rotations
  • VA Medical Center: 6 months
  • Research: 3 months
  • VCU Medical Center: 3 months

During PGY-3, residents cover the outpatient clinic when not operating. More advanced procedures during this year include:

  • Endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Excision of neck masses
  • Incision and drainage of deep neck abscesses
  • Local and regional flap reconstruction of head and neck defects
  • Facial fracture repair
  • Laser surgery of the upper aerodigestive tract
  • Myringoplasty

PGY-4

  • Rotations
  • VA Medical Center: 4 months
  • VCU Medical Center: 6 months
  • Community/VCU Medical Center: 2 months

During the second half of the year, PGY-4 residents will perform more intricate procedures, including:

  • Tympanoplasty and tympanomastoidectomy
  • Parotidectomy
  • Laryngectomy
  • Neck dissection
  • Regional and myocutaneous flap repair of complex head and neck defects
  • Repair of complex facial fractures
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Rhytidectomy
  • Evaluation and repair of the pediatric airway
  • Choanal atresia repair
  • Advanced endoscopic sinus surgery

PGY-5

  • Rotations
  • VCU Medical Center otology/pediatrics service chief: 6 months
  • VCU Medical Center head and neck service chief: 6 months

As chiefs, PGY-5 residents assume full responsibility for the service at these institutions. They run daily rounds and, in consultation with the attending physicians, is responsible for all decisions in patient management, surgical or medical. Residents will complete their fifth year capable of performing all procedures within the realm of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery.

Conferences and Courses

The department hosts weekly and annual conferences to provide additional training for residents with a broad background in the basic and clinical sciences relevant to otolaryngology/head and neck surgery.

Life in Richmond

We encourage our trainees to maintain a healthy, balanced life, and Richmond is a wonderful place to engage in that well-rounded lifestyle. As the capital of Virginia since 1779, Richmond attracts students, faculty and staff from around the globe. The city’s location affords easy day trips to destinations like Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach, Colonial Williamsburg and the Blue Ridge Mountains, among others.

As a mid-sized city with a metropolitan population of 1.3 million, Richmond provides stimulating activities while maintaining its intimate feel and unique vibe. Vibrant neighborhoods offer distinct, diverse experiences, with no shortage of art galleries, museums, music venues, restaurants, breweries and parks. For the outdoor enthusiast, you can’t beat the offerings in the city’s riverfront parks and urban wilderness areas such as white-water rafting, hiking, mountain biking and cultural festivals.Learn about our community

How to Apply

The Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the VCU School of Medicine accepts two residency applicants each year.

Please submit all materials to the NRMP through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We review every completed application in detail and offers virtual interviews to provide an opportunity to meet the team and learn more about the department, VCU School of Medicine and Richmond.

If you have questions about our program, the application process or virtual interviews, please contact:

Pam Calhoun
Residency Program Coordinator
pamela.calhoun@vcuhealth.org

Current Residents

PGY-5

Arthur Uyesugi, M.D. [View Image]

Arthur Uyesugi, M.D.

Arthur Uyesugi, M.D. [View Image]

Arthur Uyesugi, M.D.

Department of Otolaryngology

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Undergraduate: University of California Irvine
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Outside Interests: Food, music festivals, movies, weightlifting, meditating, card magic

Aasif Kazi, M.D. [View Image]

Aasif Kazi, M.D.

Aasif Kazi, M.D. [View Image]

Aasif Kazi, M.D.

Department of Otolaryngology

Hometown: Augusta, GA
Undergraduate: University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Outside Interests: Making ice cream, woodworking, running, swimming, biking traveling

Mike Bauschard, M.D. [View Image]

Mike Bauschard, M.D.

Mike Bauschard, M.D. [View Image]

Mike Bauschard, M.D.

Department of Otolaryngology

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: University of Southern California
Outside Interests: Food, wine and craft beer, playing with my dog, carpentry/fixing my old home, travel, running, reading, TV and movies

PGY-4

Kevin Quinn, M.D. [View Image]

Kevin Quinn, M.D.

Kevin Quinn, M.D. [View Image]

Kevin Quinn, M.D.

Department of Otolaryngology

Hometown: Hummelstown, PA
Undergraduate: University of Maryland, College Park
Medical School: University of Maryland
Outside Interests: discovering new music, enjoying familiar music, the great outdoors, international travel/health, photography, la Furia Roja

Nima Vahidi, M.D. [View Image]

Nima Vahidi, M.D.

Nima Vahidi, M.D. [View Image]

Nima Vahidi, M.D.

Department of Otolaryngology

Hometown: Sterling, VA
Undergraduate: Virginia Tech
Medical School: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Outside Interests: Basketball, USA network TV shows, eating kabob, going to Wegmans

PGY-3

Srihari Daggumati, M.D. [View Image]

Srihari Daggumati, M.D.

Srihari Daggumati, M.D. [View Image]

Srihari Daggumati, M.D.

Department of Otolaryngology

Hometown: Parsippany, NJ
Undergraduate: Villanova University
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Outside Interests: Marathon running, rock climbing, hiking, recreational basketball, snowboarding

Emma G. West, M.D. [View Image]

Emma G. West, M.D.

Emma G. West, M.D. [View Image]

Emma G. West, M.D.

Department of Otolaryngology

Undergraduate: Georgia institute of Technology
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine
Outside Interests: Distance running, hiking and woodworking.

PGY-2

Cheryl Yu, M.D. [View Image]

Cheryl Yu, M.D.

Cheryl Yu, M.D. [View Image]

Cheryl Yu, M.D.

Department of Otolaryngology

Hometown: Fremont, CA
Undergraduate: University of California, Davis
Medical School: VCU School of Medicine
Outside Interests: Basketball, snowboarding, running, bingeing Netflix, traveling, trying new restaurants

Thomas Fitzpatrick, M.D. [View Image]

Thomas Fitzpatrick, M.D.

Thomas Fitzpatrick, M.D. [View Image]

Thomas Fitzpatrick, M.D.

Department of Otolaryngology

Hometown: Columbia, SC
Undergraduate: Duke University
Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Outside Interests: Playing basketball, watching Duke basketball, brewing coffee, running, being outdoors, spending time with my wife and friends.

PGY-1

Sarah Debs, M.D. [View Image]

Sarah Debs, M.D.

Sarah Debs, M.D. [View Image]

Sarah Debs, M.D.

Otolaryngology

Hometown : San Jose , CA
Undergraduate : Whitman College
Medical School VCU
Outside interests: Embroidery, pottery, golf, ice-cream, exploring the ocean and woods

Daniel Long M.D. [View Image]

Daniel Long M.D.

Daniel Long M.D. [View Image]

Daniel Long M.D.

Otolaryngology

Hometown: Beaumont, Texas
Undergrad: Texas A&M University
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
Outside interest: Loves Texas A&M ,soccer, hiking and camping with his wife and dog

Lawrance Lee M.D. [View Image]

Lawrance Lee M.D.

Lawrance Lee M.D. [View Image]

Lawrance Lee M.D.

Otolaryngology

Hometown: Linkou, Taiwan (Grew up in Valley Forge, PA)
Undergrad: Washington University in Saint Louis, MO
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Outside interest : Singing, Person Audio, Sushi, Horology and playing video games with friends.

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