Throughout their training, residents participate in a wide-range of regularly scheduled conferences designed to further resident education by focusing on issues concerning patient management and up-to-date treatment guidelines in a multidisciplinary setting. In addition to the 2-year Resident Teaching Series cycle (see "Resident Education" tab for more details), UK Otolaryngology residents participate in the following:
Head and Neck Oncology Conference
Weekly multidisciplinary conference including head and neck surgeons, general surgical oncologists, plastic surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, and surgical pathologists. This conference covers all facets of management of patients with head and neck cancer, disease presentation, radiographic and pathologic findings, and staging with treatment planning.
Monthly presentations by residents, faculty and guest speakers. Each resident is assigned two grand rounds per academic year. Residents are encouraged to pick a topic they find interesting which aids in board preparation.
Monthly presentation of recent peer-reviewed literature designed to develop critical thinking skills and appraisal of medical literature. Articles are chosen by residents under guidance of faculty mentors with the aim of cultivating interest in a variety of pertinent topics while examining current practice guidelines.
Quality Improvement Patient Safety Conference (QIPS) (formerly Morbidity & Mortality Conference)
Monthly round-table discussion featuring resident presentations designed to: #1) improvee patient safety and care, #2) improve personal knowledge base, and #3) serve as board review material.
Facial Trauma Conference
Conference with presentations on the management of facial trauma patients. Interesting trauma cases from the preceeding week are reviewed, with a focus on radiographic findings and management options. This conference runs every Wednesday morning.
Monthly conference attended by otolaryngology faculty and residents along with speech-language pathologists. Both neurological and organic phonatory disorders are presented and discussed with a focus on patient symptomatology, laryngoscopic examination findings, and treatment strategies.