Written by Jazzmyne Adams
Integration into the Research Platform
Through the first two years of the OTO Clinomics program, our department has made significant strides in identifying health disparities that contribute to inequitable health outcomes. These are undoubtedly remarkable advancements that can impact the quality of care delivered within our department, but the OTO Clinomics platform is not limited to this feature of its functionality.
In addition to identifying associations between clinical parameters and socio-demographic factors of otolaryngology patients, the OTO Clinomics platform extends to quality improvement projects beyond the scope of patient social factors. This has been demonstrated though our development of patient education materials for Grave’s Disease accessible via Epic. Such materials can be generated for any disease and shared with patients to increase health literacy and confidence in their course of treatment. Similarly, the platform can also generate data for physicians on any disease to aid in clinical decision-making. For example, a physician information sheet has been generated for intra-tympanic dexamethasone treatment for sudden sensorineural hearing loss and is currently used for patient counselling by providers in our department.
OTO Clinomics can play an intrinsic role in improving and optimizing clinical processes for all our divisions. The platform enhances our contributions to the central tenants of evidence-based medicine by synthesizing patient health outcomes and translating research-based knowledge into generalized practical suggestions for improved clinical processes, practices, and conduct.
Jazzmyne Adams, MPH
Research Program Director, Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
David Friedland, MD, PhD
Professor & Vice-Chair, Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
To date, the OTO Clinomics program has provided mentorship opportunities for 11 otolaryngology residents, 15 MCW medical students, two non-MCW graduate students, one MCW graduate student and one undergraduate student. The program has also committed to providing research opportunities for medical students that participate in the MCW Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSSRP) along with students in the Diversity Summer Health-Related Research Education Program (DSHREP). This program is administered by the Office of Student Inclusion and Academic Enrichment at MCW and requests that departments fund a medical student and undergraduate student every summer to allow them to experience academic research in their specialty. Below are posters and materials generated by students and residents who have benefitted from OTO Clinomics platform.
4th year medical student Gifty Marfowaa with her poster presentation at the Triological Society Combines Sections Meeting held January 2022 in Coronado, CA.
The OTO Clinomics platform has also contributed supporting information and data to department grant applications. The platform contributed preliminary data to four successful applications put forth by Dr. Joseph Zenga. Preliminary data was also generated for Dr. Kenneth Brockman’s NIDCD R01 grant which is to be submitted February 2022.