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Edward Kuan, MD, MBA

UCI Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
333 City Blvd., West, Suite 525
Orange, CA 92868



The student receives instruction in a wide range of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck disorders, and actively participates in the clinic, hospital wards, operating room and conferences. Emphasis is placed on diagnostic skills and development of a broad differential diagnosis. Special examination techniques will be included (i.e., endoscopy, mirror examination).  


UCI students must have successfully completed their basic science and clinical science curricula. Extramural students must be in the final year of undergraduate medical education. 


International students are not accepted on this rotation.


Edward Kuan, MD, MBA 


Read a basic otolaryngology Head and Neck textbook (ex. Cummings), you may find review books (eg. Pasha, KJ Lee, ENT Secrets) to be portable and helpful on rotation as well. 


Who to Report to on First Day: Please contact the resident on-call by paging 714-506-6519 prior to your rotation to find out where and when to report on your first Monday, as well as to obtain your assignment for that day so you can be prepared. You could also contact the academic office at (714) 456-8450 or (714) 456-5753. 

Site: UCI Medical Center 

DURATION: two to four weeks 

Scheduling Coordinator: Scheduling Coordinator: UCI students please email or call (714) 456-462 to make a scheduling appointment. Please read the following information carefully.  Extramural students enrolled at a U.S. LCME medical school must use VSAS to apply. To apply please refer to the Visiting Students Learning Opportunities website.   

Periods Available: Throughout the year. 



Read a basic otolaryngology Head and Neck textbook (ex. Cummings), you may find review books (eg. Pasha, KJ Lee, ENT Secrets) to be portable and helpful on rotation as well. 

Course Objective 

Key Topics and Competencies

Be proficient at taking an appropriately directed history and physical as it relates to Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

General head and neck anatomy and physiology

Demonstrate professionalism by attending all rounds, conferences and lectures as assigned.

Ability to perform a complete physical examination

Effectively prepare for and discuss procedures both in the clinic and the operating room.

Endoscopy, audiology, stroboscopy, ultrasound

Communicate patient workup and assessment by presenting to attending and resident physicians.

Patient presentation skills

Demonstrate higher level understanding regarding the management of the otolaryngology patient and communicate this with patients and providers.

Building rapport with patients, and professionalism and teamwork



Answering clinical questions: During your rotation at UCI and other institutions, you will occasionally be asked to look up clinical questions related to diagnostic workup, anatomy, and surgical or medical treatment of disease processes. To set yourself up for success, it is important to be familiar with some of the resources commonly utilized by Otolaryngology residents and physicians. In the long run, knowing “how” to find the answer to the question can be more important than the answer to the question itself. Many resources can also be found online, often in media form (e.g., YouTube). 

Included are some common resources: 

Standard ENT textbooks: These are exhaustive textbooks with detailed chapters of the basics. They are a good place to start, in order to develop a full understanding of the background of the clinical question. 

Cummings Otolaryngology (7th edition, 2020) 
Bailey’s Head and Neck Surgery: Otolaryngology (5th edition, 2013)  

Surgical Atlas: The most critical parts of any surgery are understanding anatomy, indications, key steps, and complications. Commonly used surgical atlases include: 

Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery by Cohen and Clayman 
Operative Otolaryngology by Myers and Snyderman 
Master Techniques in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery – different specialty areas 
Surgical Anatomy of the Head and Neck by Janfaza 
An Atlas of Head & Neck Surgery by Lore and Medina 

ENT Review books 

Once you have a full understanding of the background of the question, the review books help highlight the most important “clinical pearls” associated with the topic. However, without a broader understanding, it can be difficult to use these resources to fully answer a given question. 

Pasha’s Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: Clinical Reference Guide KJ Lee’s Essential Otolaryngology 

ENT Secrets 

Literature Search: Once you have a good understanding of the background behind a question and the highlights associated with a topic, a literature search can help identify key points related to the clinical question. However, it is important to know that not every piece of published literature on a given topic is relevant to a surgical audience. Knowing the authors and their institutional affiliations, date of publication, and journal published are all key in determining the relevance of a given article. Several examples of established ENT journals are: 

JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Laryngoscope 
Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery  
Head & Neck 
Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology 
American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy 
Otology & Neurotology  
Journal of Voice 
Journal of Laryngology and Otology 

Often, high profile publications such as JAMA, NEJM, Cancer, and Journal of Clinical Oncology contain multidisciplinary articles about topics within Otolaryngology. Many other journals contain relevant literature to Otolaryngology as well, but it is always key to note the authors, affiliations, etc. 

Several review journals often invite “experts” to write reviews on topics as well, and these can be good supplements to answering your questions. These include: 

Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America 
Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology 
Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America


Educational Activities: The student will participate in daily rounds, group discussions, ground rounds and additional educational didactics. The sub-intern is also responsible for pre-rounding on all patients in whose operations they participated. 

Clinical Responsibilities of the Student: Pre-rounding, morning rounds, teaching conferences, patient care, case presentations, Grand Rounds, clinic rotation, participation in cases, ED consults, and floor procedures. 

Attending Rounds: During the rotation, there will be 1-2 morning sessions where sub-interns will present inpatients whom they are following. Sub-interns are expected to present their patients in a concise but thorough format (5 minutes or less), and feedback will be given by faculty regarding the presentation. Faculty in attendance will then ask the students and residents questions regarding the cases. Attending rounds are intended to be an opportunity to enhance learning in the group setting, and students are expected to fully participate. 

End-of-Rotation Presentation: The student is asked to deliver a 15-minute audiovisual presentation on an area in which they have conducted research, or on a patient or topic of interest, based on exposure during the rotation. Topics that include patient history, workup, disease pathophysiology, and treatment options have historically been more well-received than those that focus heavily on surgical techniques. The presentation should be discussed with and reviewed by a faculty member or the chief resident. All 4-week rotators are to present during the Grand Rounds time slot towards the end of the rotation. This can be scheduled prior to or during the first week of the rotation. 

Call Schedule of the Student: Please coordinate with the otolaryngology resident team regarding coverage of after-hour and weekend cases. 

Percentage of Time in Ambulatory Setting: Typically, 20-40 percent. 

Conference/Lecture/Small Group Sessions: The student will participate in group discussions, Grand Rounds and daily rounds. 

Subspecialty teaching conferences and Grand Rounds are Wednesday evenings from 4-6pm in ENT at either City Tower or via zoom. Verify the time and location with the resident team.

Weekly Thursday AM conference from 7-8, with subsequent clinic or OR. 

Tumor Board Wednesdays 7:15 am via Zoom link. Reading about the patients and diagnoses prior to Tumor Board increases the educational yield of the conference. 

Facial Plastics Conference: 2nd Friday of the month, 7:30-10am after morning rounds. 

Content Theme Integration: 

Decision Making 
Pain Management


Official Grading Policy: The student will receive a grade of Honors, Pass or Fail. The student's final grade will be submitted on the standard UCI form. The student will be evaluated by attendings and residents in the area of clinical performance, clinical skills, formal presentation, learning accomplishments, attendance, attitude and effort.





Tjoson Tjoa, MD

Head & Neck/Microvascular Surgery

Associate Professor, Interim Department Chair

Yarah M Haidar, MD

Head & Neck/Microvascular Surgery

Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology Residency Program Director

Edward C Kuan, MD, MBA

Rhinology/Skull Base Surgery

Associate Professor
Director, Medical Student Education
Director, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

William B Armstrong, MD

Head & Neck Surgery

Professor and Chair Emeritus

Naveen D Bhandarkar, MD

Rhinology/Skull Base Surgery

Associate Professor
Chief, Rhinology and Allergy

Roger L Crumley, MD

General Otolaryngology

Professor and Chair Emeritus

Hamid R Djalilian, MD


Chief, Otology and Neurotology

Harrison W Lin, MD


Associate Professor

Victor Passy, MD

General Otolaryngology

Professor and Chair Emeritus

Douglas Trask, MD

General Otolaryngology/Sleep Med


Sunil P Verma, MD


Medical Director, Director of the Voice & Swallow Center

Brian JF Wong, MD

Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Vice Chair
Director, FPRS Fellowship

Gurpreet S Ahuja, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Chief of Otolaryngology, Children’s Hospital of OC

Jay Bhatt, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Children’s Hospital of OC

Kevin Huoh, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Children’s Hospital of OC

Nguyen S Pham, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Children’s Hospital of OC

Qiu Zhong, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Children’s Hospital of OC