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Otolaryngology Resident Research

The NYEE Department of Otolaryngology residency program promotes inquiry and scholarship through several mechanisms including series of didactic lectures, grand rounds, structured research investigation and interaction with full-time faculty with recognized commitment and achievement in scholarly activity. In addition, the Program creates an environment that promotes scholarship by recruiting faculty who are actively engaged in basic science, translational and clinical research. Residents are also recruited with the full knowledge that research is a requirement of their training and that protected time for research is provided during their residency. Protected time and funds are provided to promote faculty research. Additional departmental resources that support faculty and resident research include an in-house biostatistician/epidemiologist and basic science laboratory facilities.

Resident research is conducted at different levels, with different time commitments beginning with the PGY2 year. During each of the PGY2 through PGY5 years, residents are expected to conduct clinical, translational and/or basic science research and present their results at the April or May Research Grand Rounds.

By September 1 of each academic year, PGY2, PGY3 and PGY5 residents will discuss clinical research projects with a faculty member and begin working on the projects as soon as possible thereafter. 

During The PGY2 year residents attend a basic science research forum and are introduced to and become familiar with the various labs and projects available. Residents meet with the heads of research laboratories and staff, including postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and MD/PhD students to discuss the ongoing areas of research as well as potential projects. After deciding on a mentor, residents utilize the rest of the PGY2 year working with the mentor reviewing and critically evaluating current evidence-based literature relevant to the project, developing a testable hypothesis, designing an experimental approach to test the hypothesis, determining sample size necessary to achieve statistically significant results, writing clinical and/or animal protocols for IRB approval and writing a short research proposal. The submission of the research proposal for external funding for the project is encouraged.

During the PGY3 year residents continue preparatory work for initiating research (begun in the PGY2 year) and spend one day per week engaged in research accruing patients, obtaining tissue samples, performing preliminary work and learning laboratory techniques necessary for the project.

During the PGY4 year residents have a three month protected block for research. Additional research time may be available depending on the proximity of the laboratory to the resident’s clinical responsibilities. Residents are expected to organize and critically analyze their data, begin to prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals and present their research at national and local conferences.

During the PGY5 year residents are expected to complete their research projects. Residents more fully organize and critically analyze their data, as well as subject their data to rigorous statistical analysis. Manuscripts should be submitted for publication to peer-reviewed journals and present their projects at local and national conferences.

Research objectives and competencies

Objective

Clinical competency

Describe research within department

Medical knowledge
Practice Based Learning and Improvement
Professionalism
Systems Based Practice

Describe roles of personnel in overall research project

Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Systems Based Practice

Organize evidence-based literature relevant to project

Medical Knowledge
Practice Based Learning and Improvement

Design experimentally testable hypothesis

Medical Knowledge
Practice Based Learning and Improvement

Design experimental approach to hypothesis

Medical Knowledge
Practice Based Learning and Improvement

Apply statistical analysis to determine sample size and power

Medical Knowledge
Practice Based Learning and Improvement

Prepare research proposal

Medical Knowledge
Practice Based Learning and Improvement

Prepare clinical protocol for submission to IRB

Practice based Learning and Improvement
Professionalism

Prepare animal protocol for submission to Animal Welfare Committee

Practice Based Learning and Improvement
Professionalism

Prepare grant for external funding

Practice Based Learning and Improvement

Collect patients for study

Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Professionalism
Systems Based Practice

Collect tissue samples for study

Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Professionalism
Systems Based Practice

Practice laboratory techniques

Medical Knowledge
Practice Based Learning and Improvement
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Professionalism
Systems Based Practice

Complete research project

Medical Knowledge
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Professionalism

Record  all experimental data related to project

Practice Based Learning and Improvement
Professionalism

Organizing and analyze experimental data

Medical Knowledge
Practice Based Learning and Improvement

Relate and discuss research at NYEE Research Conference

Practice Based Learning and Improvement
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Professionalism

Prepare experimental data for publication

Medical Knowledge
Practice Based Learning and Improvement

Relate and discuss  research at local and national conferences

Practice Based Learning and Improvement
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Professionalism

For more information, please contact:

Jan Geliebter, PhD
Resident Research Coordinator
jan_geliebter@nymc.edu

 

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