Mentored Research Pathway - Residents

Mentored Research and Academic Leadership Pathway for Residents

The UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery is proud to offer a dedicated academic medicine training program for exceptional residency candidates. Financial support is provided by an NIH-sponsored R25 Mentored Research Pathway for Otolaryngology Residents and Medical Students, through the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders.

At UCLA, we aim to train the next generation of leaders in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery, and to expand our academic reach through the pursuit of leading edge research. The Mentored Research and Academic Leadership Pathway provides an enhanced opportunity for one resident per year. Research, leadership, and clinical training are combined in an individualized 12-18 month program designed to lead to a successful academic career. Total time in residency is 6 years.  

Candidates must demonstrate exceptional academic and research achievements, and be committed to a career in academic head and neck surgery.

Training Program Highlights:

  • 12-18 months during years 4 and 5 of residency
  • 20% clinical time, flexibly tailored to individual needs
  • 80% Research time within a chosen focus area: Laryngeal Physiology and Voice Perception; Hearing and Vestibular Function; Head and Neck Cancer; Bioengineering and Bioinformatics
  • Diverse faculty from the Department of Head and Neck Surgery and other related fields
  • Mentorship team including a primary research mentor, a clinician-scientist mentor, and the program director
  • Coursework in grant-writing, leadership, research conduct, and ethics
  • Seminars in Communication Disorders and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery research topics
  • Presentation of research at UCLA and at national meetings.


  • Candidates are selected from the residency match process.


If you have any questions, please contact the residency program coordinator Carol Evans [email protected]; or the R25 Program Director Dr. Jennifer Long, [email protected]