Univ of KY Otolaryngology leads a national consortium in resident education.

The University of Kentucky Department of Otolaryngology is leading one of three national consortiums in otolaryngology resident education. Brett Comer, MD, UK Otolaryngology Residency Program Director, was selected to lead the Eastern consortium, otherwise known as Consortium Of Resident Otolaryngologic kNowledge Attainment (CORONA) Initiative in Otolaryngology (Entcovid.med.uky.edu). All consortiums involve remote lectures given live on a Zoom platform by world-renown faculty from numerous institutions. The lectures are also recorded for future use by those not able to virtually attend the live lectures.

Dr. Comer and Nikita Gupta, MD, Associate Program Director, realized that COVID-induced limitations in group meetings and social distancing forced them to move to a remote platform for resident medical education. Dr. Gupta spearheaded moving UK's internal departmental lectures to the Zoom platform. Dr. Comer worked in coordination with national leaders and other institutions to initiate the CORONA consortium. The formal announcement is below:

Academic institutions have initiated Zoom conferences due to COVID-induced restrictions on meeting group size. Sonya Malekzadeh, MD, Chair of the Otolaryngology Program Director’s Organization, has recommended three major national educational consortiums due to time zone considerations. Academic otolaryngology departments under the leadership of Dr. Oghalai at USC have started Collaborative Multi-Institutional Otolaryngology Residency Education Program (CMIOREP), with lectures running 4-6pm Pacific Daylight Time (https://sites.usc.edu/ohnscovid/). Dr. Mowry and Dr. Thorne are leading a second initiative (www.uhhospitals.org/ENTEDConsortium) with lectures running 3-5pm EST. We are starting a collaborative known as the Consortium Of Resident Otolaryngologic kNowledge Attainment (CORONA) Initiative in Otolaryngology (Entcovid.med.uky.edu) with lectures running 8a-12p EST. Given the timing of lectures, all three collaboratives could all be accessed daily by residents and faculty for a very robust yet flexible structured learning experience. Faculty and residents from any geographic location are encouraged to participate in all three initiatives.

Schedule: The CORONA sessions open nationwide starting 3/30/2020. The session run 8am-12pm EST weekdays. There will also be reading or web-based material provided in preparation for certain lectures. The sessions cover the otolaryngologic subspecialty knowledge as well as topics such as Quality Improvement/Patient Safety, Wellness, Audiology, Business of Medicine, and others.

Residents: Sign in to Zoom at entcovid.med.uky.edu The schedule is on the website.

Faculty: Please sign up now on this Google Spreadsheet (CORONA Consortium Spreadsheet). The goal is for talks to be 30-45mins in length, leaving time for group discussion and questions. We encourage a variety of teaching formats, including: traditional didactics, article review, Socratic teaching, surgical videos, case presentations, and any additional creative ways of engaging learners. For those wishing to develop new presentations or wishing to involve non-otolaryngology colleagues, a list of presentation ideas will be listed at Entcovid.med.uky.edu.

Please contact Brett Comer (btcome2@uky.edu) or Sara Buck (saralyn.buck@uky.edu) at (859) 218-2146 for any questions.

Sincerely,

Brett Comer, MD, FARS
Residency Program Director
Associate Professor
Division of Rhinology & Anterior Skull Base Surgery
Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
University of Kentucky
740 South Limestone, E300A
Lexington, KY 40536
Email: btcome2@uky.edu
https://ent.med.uky.edu

Nikita Gupta, MD
Associate Residency Program Director
Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
University of Kentucky
740 South Limestone, E300A
Lexington, KY 40536