Is becoming an otolaryngologist right for me?

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What do otolaryngologists do?
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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:
- allergy
- 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.