Medical Students

The department is committed to providing medical students with a robust training experience during their time on rotation. Medical student education director, Lauren Bohm, M.D., is available to meet with students to discuss otolaryngology careers, how to match, CV review and more. Please don't hesitate to request an appointment with Dr. Bohm through our Education Administrator, Abby Pollak.

The department is also committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in our educational programs. We participate in several programs that provide funded opportunities for medical students from underrepresented minorities and those interested in health equity to visit our department for clinical rotations. 

More information about these programs are available through the following resources:

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Clinical Elective

Our department provides medical students with a comprehensive clinical experience within the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. Medical students are exposed to the diagnosis and management of ear, nose and throat problems across the spectrum through participation in outpatient clinics, inpatient rounds and operative procedures. Students are expected to adequately prepare for these activities through the appropriate use of medical literature and other learning experiences. The overall goals of the elective are tailored to each student's career choice. This is a very useful experience for any U-M medical student interested in entering a primary care field or in a specialty area involving the head and neck.


For medical students looking for a more in-depth experience to prepare themselves for residency, the department offers a subinternship in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. The rotation offers the opportunity to concentrate in a particular subspecialty (i.e. head and neck surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, laryngology, rhinology/sinus surgery, anterior skull base surgery, otology/neurotology) for the entire rotation. This arrangement offers students interested in otolaryngology a robust experience that the clinical elective does not currently offer. In addition to those students preparing for a career in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, this immersion might also be useful for future dermatologists (a whole month with facial plastics and reconstructive surgery), neurosurgeons (a whole month with our skull base team), pediatricians/family practice (a whole month with Peds faculty), and general surgeons (head and neck surgery and endocrine surgery). An experience at the Ann Arbor V.A. is also possible. The subinternship is open to both U-M medical students and visiting medical students.

Otolaryngology Student Interest Group

The department sponsors an Otolaryngology Interest Group for University of Michigan medical students. The group meets frequently, providing students with the opportunity to hear from faculty speakers and participate in a question and answer session during a department-funded lunch or dinner. Interested students should contact Abby Pollak for more information.

Diversity Grants

Our department is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for our trainees. Please see the below grants available through the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery for aspiring otolaryngology trainees:

Diversity Endowment URM Away Rotation Grant

The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Diversity and Inclusion Committee would like to introduce medical students from under-represented minorities (URM) to the field of otolaryngology. Two grant winners will be selected. The winners will select a program from the list of participating programs to apply for an away rotation. The grant winners will receive $1000 to use towards travel, housing or food during their away rotation. Receipts must be submitted to receive reimbursement, and recipients are required to attend the away rotation. Apply today>

The Harry Barnes Endowment Travel Grant

The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, in collaboration with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, will provide Travel Grants to assist with needed funding for meritorious, young residents of African descent from the United States, Caribbean or Canada to participate in career molding educational experiences while attending the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience. Apply today>

For More Information

Dr. Lauren Bohm

Lauren Bohm, M.D.

Associate Chair at Large
Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Director, Medical Student Clerkship Program

Abby Pollak

Education Coordinator