From July to mid-September each year, the OTOHNS faculty presents the Head and Neck Anatomy and Dissection Course, the Basic Science Course and the Temporal Bone Anatomy and Dissection Course. The Head and Neck Anatomy and Dissection Course consists of faculty lectures on the major components of head and neck surgery followed by cadaveric dissection sessions. All residents participate in this course. The Basic Science Course consists of lectures to the PGY-2 OTOHNS residents and rotating medical students on basic OTOHNS history and physical examination, as well as clinical head and neck anatomy and common OTOHNS diseases. During the Basic Science Course PGY-3 through PGY-5 residents attend the Temporal Bone Anatomy and Dissection Course in the departmental Temporal Bone Laboratory. This course consists of didactic lectures followed by mentored dissection sessions.
From October through June the main didactic conference schedule takes place. The monthly schedule is specialty specific. Each month includes resident lead specialty topic discussions, faculty lectures, model patient conference, interesting case conference and specialty specific journal club. Supplementing these conferences is the monthly Patient Safety and Quality Conference. In addition, outside related specialty guest speakers round out the conference schedule.
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. 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.
At its core, the Otolaryngology Conference Curriculum is based on a 24 month cycle resulting in each OTOHNS resident completing the cycle twice. Embedded within 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 didactic conferences are supplemented by KUMC Audiology/Vestibular Rehabilitation rotations, KUMC OTOHNS Allergy rotation, annual Hard Tissue and Soft Tissue Courses, Roundtable Conferences (held annually with community OTOHNS physicians), and a Bronchoscopy Lab. In addition PGY-3 residents are currently sent to the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy Basic Course to enhance their allergy education. This curriculum described is mandatory for all residents. 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 Otolaryngological Spring Meetings, Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children meeting, the annual Kansas City Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology Society meeting, as well as to the departmental Winter Competency Conference.