Otolaryngology – Training for Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctors

After more than 20 years practicing and teaching his specialty in Chicago, otolaryngologist Angelo Consiglio, MD, moved his practice to Marathon, in the Florida Keys. In addition, Florida International University, located in the greater Miami area, recently appointed Dr. Angelo Consiglio assistant professor of otolaryngology.

Otolaryngology is a medical specialty that focuses on disorders and diseases of the ears, nose, and throat. Its practitioners are formally called otolaryngologists, but they are more commonly known as ear, nose, and throat doctors, or simply ENT physicians. Although all physicians are trained in many elements of otolaryngology, those who specialize in the field undergo a substantial training program after they complete their four years of medical school.

Training for ENT physicians consists of a year of general surgical training, commonly called an internship, followed by a four-year residency. Upon the completion of the training, physicians are deemed “board eligible” – that is, they are eligible to take the certification test. The board certification test is a rigorous examination consisting of a written and an oral section.

Board-certified otolaryngologists are eligible to train for certification in one or both of two subspecialties, sleep medicine and neurotology. Once certified in any specialty or subspecialty, physicians are generally required to maintain their certification over the course of a 10-year cycle. This includes completing annual training courses and taking a single comprehensive examination during the last three years of the cycle. Maintenance of certification (MOC) is critical to doctors’ abilities to stay abreast of developments in the rapidly changing field of medicine and deliver consistently high levels of care to their patients.

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