Is becoming an otolaryngologist right for me?
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How to become an Otolaryngologist
Otolaryngologists are among the most popular doctors in the United States - more than 50 percent of all doctor visits are for ENT problems. In order to become an otolaryngologist, it will take up to 15 years of university and post-graduate training.
To become an Otolaryngologist, individuals must:
- complete a bachelor's degree (four years)
- complete medical school (four years)
- complete specialty training (at least five years)
- pass the American Board of Otolaryngology examination
- secure a license
- become board certified
- *obtain a one or two year fellowship in one of eight subspecialty areas (not mandatory)
*Some otolaryngologists limit their practices to one of the following eight areas:
- facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
- head and neck
- laryngology (throat)
- otology/neurotology (ears, balance, and tinnitus)
- pediatric otolaryngology (children)
- rhinology (nose)
- sleep disorders
Note: It is wise and strategic to complete one’s residency in the state of intended practice. Otherwise, otolaryngologists will need to learn a different set of regulations before taking the test.