Residents are expected to participate in ongoing and self-initiated research and must develop individual clinical and/or basic research projects on an annual basis. Ongoing investigations within departmental laboratories provide four broad areas of research: Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Molecular Biology, Hearing and Related Disorders, and Voice and Vocal Tract. Self-initiated projects are developed in close consultation with at least one faculty advisor and are reviewed periodically by faculty advisor(s) and at the monthly research conference.
All residents are required to attend the monthly departmental research conference. Monthly conferences provide opportunities for residents to present informal progress reports and to raise questions to faculty members concerning their research projects.
The first-year resident is required to take an active interest in ongoing clinical research projects, to join as a junior author in the preparation of publications, and to originate his or her own case reports and clinical studies for publication. All residents in the program are required to prepare projects for presentation at departmental conferences. Residents learn to develop appropriate questions relating to clinical and basic research areas and to design methodologies to answer these questions.
Each resident chooses a preceptor from among the faculty to guide him or her in designing, conducting, and presenting research performed during the dedicated, three-month research rotation in the third year. During the first year, the resident must identify a faculty research mentor and begin to formulate a research question. Brief research proposals are submitted for faculty review and approval at the end of the first year of otolaryngology. During the second year, the resident develops the design for the study to be conducted during the research rotation. The resident prepares an oral presentation of the project early in the second year and submits a detailed research proposal, written in National Institutes of Health RO1 format, at that time.
The research rotation occurs during the third year of otolaryngology. As many of these projects are complex, much of the preliminary work is performed prior to the research rotation. Final research reports are presented at resident conferences for critique and review with emphasis on preparation for national presentation and/or publication. Most residents are involved in more than one project as evidenced by a number of publications per resident of 1 to 26 in the past five years. Each resident may attend selected extramural conferences and courses in order to present research papers.
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