Research


A Resident Research Review Committee has the responsibility of preparing PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents’ for their research rotation. The committee is comprised of faculty members active in basic science and clinical research. The role of the committee is to establish guidelines for the submission and formulation of research proposals and to evaluate each proposal for merit.Jessica Southwood, MD presenting at COSM 2016

Several factors determine the merit of a research proposal:

  • Educational value for training
    • Grant writing skills
    • Hypothesis formulation skills
    • Statistical analysis
  • Scientific or clinical value
  • Feasibility in the time allotted for the rotation
  • Candidate background and experience
  • Mentor experience and expertise in proposed project
  • Budget / Mentor Funding Availability

Formal presentations are scheduled throughout the year promoting a step-wise process through the development of a full research proposal. The schedule of presentations and deadlines is as follows:

  • Spring
    PGY-1 Residents select Research Mentors
  • Early August
    PGY-2 Resident research application due
  • Mid-August
    Resident Research Committee meets to discuss applications
  • Late August
    PGY-2 Residents receive Research Committee comments/concerns
  • Late September
    PGY-2 Residents present revised proposal to Resident Research Committee
  • Early November
    Resident present research to all faculty and residents         
  • Early December
    CORE grant budgets due for review
  • Mid-December
    AAO-HNS Grant Letter of Intent due
  • Mid-December
    CORE grant applications due to Chairman for pre-submission review
  • Mid-January
    CORE grant applications due

Research rotations start in the PGY-3 year. This year consists of three months protected research time and two months of research time with clinical responsibilities. The resident will be expected to present his/her results following the rotation. It is encouraged that the results of the project be submitted for presentation at a national meeting along with submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal.

Kendra Luebke, MDDrs. Southwood and Vanhille
Drs. Hoekzema, Linn, Southwood and O'NielNikki Johnston, PhD and Tina Samuels

In the past year, our residents have traveled and presented their research at many different venues, including:

  • Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM), Chicago, IL, May 18-20, 2016. Nasal mucosa temperature in healthy individuals and its correlation to subjective nasal patency, poster presentation by Kevin Casey, MD. Creation of a novel immortalized laryngeal cell line from normal true vocal fold epithelium, oral presentation by Jessica Southwood, MD. Pepsin, A biomarker for extraesophageal reflux in children with laryngomalacia, oral presentation by Kendra Luebke, MD.
  • American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology Summer Meeting, Vail, CO, August 7-10, 2016. Perioperative Management of Persistent Tracheobronchial Foreign Bodies, oral presentation by Jessica Southwood, MD.
  • Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC), San Antonio, TX, December 3-7, 2015. Lipoblastoma presenting as an oral cavity mass in a newborn, poster by Jessica Southwood, MD. Nasopharyngeal Glioma: An unusual presentation of nasal obstruction and sleep apnea in an infant, poster by Kevin Casey, MD. Vocal fold immobility in preterm infants: estimate of prevalence and analysis of factors associated with its development, oral presentation by Jad Jabbour, MD.
  • Wisconsin Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Annual Fall Meeting, Lake Geneva, WI, October 1-2, 2016. Intranasal airflow distribution and perception of nasal patency, oral presentation by Kevin Casey, MD. Pillarplasty with adenotonsillectomy: outcomes compared to a control population, oral presentation by Ryan Little, MD. Creation of a novel immortalized laryngeal cell line from normal true vocal fold epithelium, oral presentation by Jessica Southwood, MD. Laryngeal abscess formation in an immunocompromised patient, oral presentation by Derek Vanhille, MD.
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, September 18-21, 2016. Pepsin in pediatric chronic rhinosinusitis: A pilot study, poster by Jad Jabbour, MD. Intranasal airflow distribution and perception of nasal patency, oral presentation by Kevin Casey, MD.
  • The Triological Society – Combined Sections Meeting, Miami Beach, FL January 22-25, 2016. Self-directed learning in otolaryngology residents in preparation for surgical cases: a survey examining study habits and use of available resources, oral presentation by Jad Jabbour, MD.
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