Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Professor and Chair
Scott E. Strome, MD
The central theme for the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is to create an environment in which research is seamlessly integrated into the practice of OTO-HNS. Clinical practice, research and education programs will be developed and grow around this foundation. From a clinical perspective, it is clear that OTO-HNS is a service-based industry where practices are developed and grown by a blend of clinical/surgical expertise, bedside manner, administrative ability, and development/maintenance of a patient referral base. The clinical practice will be developed around these four central tenets.
Research will be integrated into the clinical practice, following the model of a “bench to bedside and back to bench” approach. Each faculty member will be expected to participate in this program with the degree of participation dependant upon experience, interest and personal goals. It is anticipated that the research effort and associated publications will serve as advertisement for the clinical program. Furthermore, this research will promote academic achievement resulting in departmental recognition at the national and international levels. Most importantly, it is my vision that our research program will serve to better the quality of life for patients with otolaryngologic disease.
The third component of the academic mission is education. Indeed our legacy as individuals and as a department will be judged by those who we train. We have a responsibility to insure that our residents are trained in all aspects of OTO-HNS and have role models that have successfully integrated the practice of medicine into their lives. In order to accomplish these goals, we will emphasize a research-based approach to education – a means to stimulate the importance of continued learning throughout an individuals professional career. It is not realistic to assume that all residents will become interested in academic medicine and research. However, exposure to faculty who enjoy this practice promotes the idea of continued learning. Optimistically, a select few individuals will emulate this career path.
Measures of academic success in the residency will include board scores, acceptance into the premier fellowships in the country, and the ability to recruit the best residency candidates. Additional measures will include publications, presentations and national awards. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, success will be judged by more intangible measures – satisfaction surveys and personal/professional happiness after matriculation.