Information for Medical Students

We welcome visiting students to do a sub-internship at Cooper to fully experience what it’s like to be a part of our department. If you are interested in doing an away rotation with us, please apply through VSLO. For more information please see the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University visiting student webpage by clicking here. The primary contact point for visiting students is Karen Orlando (

Clerkship director: Dr. Donald Solomon.

Course Overview

The student will gain sufficient understanding of the evaluation and management of patients with otolaryngologic diseases to enable understanding of what comprehensive management of these conditions entails. Students will:

  • Make relevant findings in obtaining the history and physical examination of patients with otolaryngologic disease.
  • Articulate an appropriate differential diagnosis for patients with acute and chronic otolaryngologic conditions.
  • Demonstrate cost-effective use of diagnostic modalities in assessing patients with otolaryngologic disease.
  • Develop and participate in the implementation of appropriate patient management plans.
  • Participate in the Divisional conferences, including Morbidity & Mortality, Interesting Cases, and exploration of special topics in otolaryngologic disease.

Course Content and Outline: Description of Activities

The student will be an integral member of the Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Service at Cooper University Health Care. Rounds usually start at 6 a.m. on weekdays. The student will attend operative, interventional and diagnostic procedures for patients on the service. They will also evaluate consults, both in the Emergency Department and in the hospital. In addition, the student will attend the faculties’ office hours.

The student will perform history and physical examinations on patients admitted to the service. They will perform focused exams on patients who are seen in consultation, develop differential diagnoses for these patients, and will formulate a plan for further evaluation and management. Any missed time during the rotation will require remediation targeted at resolving the specific deficiency in the student’s experience.