For Cedric Thiel, MD, a great experience during away rotations made him want to pursue the University of Kentucky for graduate medical training. Now he is in his fifth and final year of residency in the UK College of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He says “the people are what make the place special.” Learn more about Dr. Thiel’s experience in the Q&A below.

Q: Why did you pursue your residency training at UK?

A: I had the privilege of coming to UK during the final year of medical school for an away rotation in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery. I saw firsthand how prepared and confident their graduating residents were and the strong esprit de corps that was shared among both residents and faculty.

I was able to come to UK myself for the same training, and I have not been disappointed. I have received strong training in both the clinical and surgical aspects of my specialty, and I look forward to polishing my skills during my final year of training.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about your experience?

A: The people are what make the place special. I am forever grateful for all of my co-residents and the strong bonds we've formed during my time here. I have enjoyed getting to know and work with the friendly and supportive faculty in our department, and I know I will be able to reach out to them with questions (about cases or just about life) even after graduation.

Lexington, Ky., has also been a great place to spend five years, and I have enjoyed opportunities to hike Red River Gorge and the Sheltowee Trace Trail, and I am always amazed by the spring and fall colors!

Q: How has UK prepared you for your future career goals?

A: The training I have received at UK has definitely given me the tools I need to pursue any path in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, whether a comprehensive practice or a subspecialty. I have been very happy with the surgical and clinical exposure, and especially the breadth and complexity of the pathology that we see here.

I will be pursuing a fellowship in advanced rhinology and anterior skull base surgery after graduation, and my experience here has prepared me well for the next step in my career.