Welcome to Our Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency - McLaren Oakland Program

  • A Message from the Program Director
    Carl B. Shermetaro, DO

    The mission of the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency Program at McLaren Oakland is to develop a physician who is skilled in the specialty of otolaryngology and who will provide compassionate, quality care, continue lifelong learning, and display integrity and professionalism as an otolaryngologist.

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The Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Program ID: 2802500138.

Primary Training Site

Pontiac, Michigan



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Training at McLaren Oakland

While on McLaren Oakland's service, the residents work with Drs. Carl Shermetaro, Asha Downs, and Gary Kwartowitz at McLaren Oakland and North Oakland ENT Centers, PC. They are exposed to a wide range of otolaryngology procedures. Patient encounters are in private offices, surgical centers, and affiliated hospitals.

Lakeshore Ear, Nose and Throat Center is a large private otolaryngology practice. Many of the physicians are fellowship trained with sub-specialties in Head and Neck Surgery, Otology and Neuro-Otology, Laryngology, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The center also has otolaryngologists with sub-specialty interests in Pediatrics, Rhinology and Sinus Disorders, and Sleep Apnea. The center provides comprehensive tertiary care in all aspects of otolaryngology.

As residents rotate through Lakeshore, they will be exposed to scope and volume that encompasses all aspects of otolaryngology. As they progress through their training, they will participate in complex surgical procedures and increased responsibility for patient care. Opportunities to participate in research and publication are available.

In addition to the clinical and educational experiences at McLaren Oakland and Lakeshore, the residents will be rotating through Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Michigan Ear Institute, University of Michigan, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Oculoplastics with Drs. Gladstone, Nesi et.al., and Dr. DeRosa for additional facial plastic experience.


Resident Education

Resident Education is an important part of the McLaren Oakland Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency. There are weekly resident didactics consisting of resident run lectures covering topics of the AAOO-HNS COCLIA program, as well as chapters from reference books. Every month, all residents participate in Journal Club. Additionally, residents will attend monthly Grand Rounds and Tumor Board. Residents also partake in monthly “Sip and Study” courses proctored by otolaryngology attending faculty members discussing journal articles or specific book chapters. All residents are required to attend a basic science course at the beginning of PGY-3 year at Indiana University, a temporal bone course, and endoscopic sinonasal/skull base course. The basic and advanced courses in Allergy and & Immunology are encouraged for the residents to attend during the PGY-5 year.

An annual educational stipend is awarded to all residents for use of purchasing books, equipment, and travel/course expenses.

Residents participate in the Educational Program of the Statewide Campus System of the MSUCOM didactic curriculum for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Residents also have access to the temporal bone laboratory at McLaren Oakland, as well as a yearly Temporal bone lab course with Michigan Ear Institute.

Resident Wellness

The program is committed to resident wellness, and understands the need for a healthy lifestyle balance. As a result, in conjunction with the Medical Education Department, throughout each resident's training experience, they will have access to multiple tools for wellness. Some activities include: a wellness informational, wellness and nutrition, Resident Appreciation Days throughout the year, wellness evaluations, a wellness committee, and other events planned by the residency program throughout the year.