Conferences and Curriculum
All residents (PGY-1 through PGY-5) participate in an educational program based on the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABO) Curriculum and the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Core Competency Curriculum.
At the core of our educational program are didactic conferences. On Monday evenings, all residents attend conference at KUMC. The didactic program is based on a two-year cycle, ensuring that each resident is exposed to core concepts in OTO-HNS at least twice during training. The didactic program is reviewed and updated annually to reflect the most current requirements and recommendations of the ACGME and ABO. Additionally, the OTO-HNS department sponsors a year-long Grand Rounds series on the third Monday of each month. Presenters include invited faculty from KU and other programs across the nation.
Didactics are supplemented with instruction focused on surgical skill developments. This includes small-group drilling sessions in the temporal bone lab with our Neurotology faculty, and a hands-on injectables and fillers practicum proctored by the Facial Plastics faculty. Additionally, residents attend national and regional courses on facial trauma and endoscopic sinus surgery.
In addition to our Monday night didactics, our residents also participate in monthly Patient Safety and Quality Conference, quarterly journal clubs, and weekly interesting case discussion.
In the Interesting Case Conference, each program hospital is responsible for presenting a patient. The Model Patient Conferences are led by a succession of OTOHNS subspecialty faculty and provide the opportunities to delve into specific subspecialty subjects. This educational experience is in the format of the OTOHNS Oral Board Exam, uses physician-patient interaction as a learning tool, and serves to simulate clinical competency.
Journal club is a roundtable review of specific subjects and involves discussion of pertinent literature. Journal clubs are hosted by the faculty three to four times per academic year.
The Patient Safety and Quality conference takes place monthly. It involves discussion of pertinent OTOHNS cases from program institutions. Other conferences include the multidisciplinary Head and Neck Tumor Board and Thyroid Tumor Board. OTOHNS faculty, residents and nurses, as well as representatives of Neuroradiology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Endocrinology, Pathology, and Social Services attend the biweekly Tumor Boards. Similar multidisciplinary Tumor Boards occur at VAMC, SLMC and TMC.
Embedded in the Otolaryngology Conference Curriculum is our ACGME Core Competency Curriculum that is based on a 48 month cycle. The Core Competency Curriculum encompasses training in the ACGME identified competencies. This includes Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism and Systems-Based Practice. Residents actively participate in all conferences and are asked to comment on these presentations, assisting faculty in their ability to upgrade and improve the lectures on a regular basis.
The clinical schedule at all institutions is adjusted to allow attendance at all educational events. Additionally, residents are encouraged to attend and present at the AAO-HNS Annual Meeting, the Annual Association for Research in Otolaryngology Meeting, the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings, Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children Meeting, the annual Kansas City Otolaryngology Society meeting, the Pediatric Consortium, the Midwest Head and neck Consortium,as well as to the departmental Winter Meeting.
Residents in Chicago for the 2017 AAO-HNS Annual Meeting