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VCU Department of Otolaryngology

Resident Training - Curriculum

The Department uses a number of weekly and yearly conferences to provide residents in training with a broad background in the basic and clinical sciences relevant to otolaryngology - head and neck surgery.

resident core curriculum Conference

These sessions are held every Monday afternoon for all residents. The conference follows a 2-year curriculum, based on the COCLIA teaching syllabus established by the AAO-HNS. Every week the conference focuses on a specific topic. The COCLIA syllabus provides a number of important questions with regard to the topic at hand. Residents are assigned readings relevant to the topic to be discussed in Bailey's Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery or Cummings Otolaryngology textbooks. With the help of a faculty member, the residents take turns leading the discussion and answering the COCLIA questions provided.

departmental grand rounds and teaching conferences

Two hour-long conferences are held each Thursday morning, attended by all faculty and residents. The formats for these sessions varies week to week, and are as follows:

Grand Rounds - presentations given by faculty from throughout the institution, or outside guest speakers, on a variety of topics within otolaryngology - head & neck surgery, related disciplines, or relevant basic science.

Evidence based-medicine - each resident is required to give one presentation per year. Topics selected represent areas of controversy within the specialty. The resident is charged with reviewing the relevant literature, assessing the quality of the evidence available, and proposing a reasonable management strategy based on this review.

Practice-based learning - the previous month's outcomes are reviewed for quality assurance and improvement. For each occurrence, the primary resident involved in the case is required to perform a focused literature review, and decide if possible future management could be improved.

Pathology Conference - A list of cases with interesting pathology is drawn from the previous month's cases. A resident unfamiliar with the case describes the pathology, and is asked to make a differential diagnosis, under the guidance of a faculty head and neck pathologist.

Neuroradiology Conference - A list of cases with interesting radiographic findings (including plain films, CT, MR, ultrasound, or arteriography) is drawn from the previous month's cases. A resident unfamiliar with the case describes the radiographic findings, and is asked to make a differential diagnosis, under the guidance of a faculty neuroradiologist.

Head and Neck Tumor Conference - The weekly Head and Neck Tumor Conference is a working multidisciplinary conference held with the Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, and Surgical Oncology services. In this conference, new head and neck cancer cases, as well established patients with new issues, are presented by the residents and discussed by the group. Discussion involves input from members of all departments involved in the conference.

yearly courses and symposia

Temporal Bone Course - a rotating cadaveric temporal bone drilling schedule in the renovated laboratory throughout the year is staffed by faculty members, and supplemented with lectures by departmental and guest faculty during grand rounds. The temporal bone laboratory is located in the academic office space and is also available 24/7 for drilling and research.

Sinus Endoscopy Course - a two-day course consisting of lectures by departmental and guest faculty, and hands on instruction and practice in endoscopic sinus surgery using human cadavers.

Hayden Otology Symposium - a one-day symposium with lectures by departmental and guest faculty, which provides an in depth review of the current state of the art of an area in otology/neurotology.

Microvascular Course - one day course with lectures and hands on instruction regarding microvascular techniques.


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