Resident Research

The residency program requires residents to design, complete, and submit two research projects for publication in an academic journal of their choosing. Residents may research any topic of interest, retrospective, prospective or basic science in nature. We have full-time research faculty and receive NIH funding.

Upon completion of their intern year, residents are provided an outline for successful completion of research requirements. Prior to initiation, residents are encouraged to identify a faculty mentor who will provide guidance and monitor progress throughout the projects completion.  Two months during the PGY-3 year and one month during the PGY-4 year is dedicated to research activities.  All research activities are supervised by the research committee consisting of Drs. Thomas Gal, Matthew Bush, and Jennifer Shinn.

The primary objective of resident research is to submit papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, residents are encouraged to submit their work for presentation at national meetings. The Department of Otolaryngology – HNS will cover travel and accommodation expenditures for any resident following acceptance of their research to a national meeting.

Recent resident publications/presentations:

Hixon B, Chan S, Adkins M, Shinn J, Bush M. Assessment of rural adult hearing health disparities-access to care in cochlear implantation. Poster Presentation, 2016 Triological Society Combined Sections Meeting, Miami, FL. Podium Presentation, 2016 International Conference on Cochlear Implants, Toronto, Canada.

Chan S, Hixon B, Shinn J, Bush M. Hearing loss in rural adults: A geographic comparison of access to care in hearing aid recipients. Poster Presentation (SC), 2016 Triological Society COSM, Chicago, IL.

Fiorillo CE, Bush M, Studts T. Assessing and Addressing Behavioral Problems in Children with Hearing Loss. Presented at the 2015 UK Research Symposium.

Fiorillo CE, Hughes AL, Westgate PM, Gal TJ, Bush ML, Comer BT. Factors Associated with No-Show Rates in an Academic Otolaryngology Practice. Presented Apr 16, 2016 at the KSO meeting in Louisville and 2016 UK Research Symposium

Alfonso KP, Aouad R. Are Difficult Tracheostomies the ‘Standard’ for Otolaryngologists?
Podium Presentation, American Academy of Otolaryngology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Fall 2016.  

Alfonso KP, Comer, BT. Audible sphenoid-sellar fistula: An unusual complication of transphenoidal surgery. The Laryngoscope, Jan 2016.  Also presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, Fall 2015.

Alfonso KP, Younes A. The Eight Year Nasal Foreign Body: A Case Report. Inter J Otorhinolaryngology, 2015

Kaufman, MR, Gal T. Submental Island Flap Reconstruction in Previously Irradiated Patients. Podium presentation at the American Academy of Otolaryngology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Fall 2016

Kaufman, MR, Gal T. Comparison of Treatment Related Outcomes in Surgical (TORS) and Non-surgical Management of Oropharyngeal Carcinoma. Presented at AHNS 9th international conference on head and neck cancer, July 2016

Dobberpuhl M, Kenlan, Timoney, Comer. Effect of Nasal Endoscopy on Operative Time and Cost of Crawford Tube Placement. COSM: American Rhinological Society (ARS) Spring Meeting, May 19-20 2016.  Chicago, IL.

Dobberpuhl M, Maxwell, St. Claire, Feddock, Bush. Treatment Outcomes for Single Modality Management of Glomus Jugulare Tumors with Stereotactic Radiosurgery. Otology and Neurotology. In publication.