Residency Complement Increase

When the prospect of a complement increase arose through a special Froedtert Hospital GME initiative with MCW, the otolaryngology residency applied for a complement increase and was approved for a .5 position each year (for a total of 2.5 positions in five years). After further consent was sought and received from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) the residency will start the increase in complement with the 2023 Match. This increase will take the otolaryngology residency from a 3-3-3-3-3 complement (15 residents) moving towards a full 4-3-4-3-4 residency complement (18 residents) by 2028 and will create a positive impact on the resident’s academic and educational experience.

The Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences has grown significantly in the past 10 years. The department currently consists of eight divisions with 29 clinical faculty members, two full-time and one part-time research faculty, and 14 advanced practice providers. This growth and expansion bring with it new opportunities and challenges for the residency program. As the residency has not increased in size in 35 years, residents are stretched to cover available educational and clinical opportunities.

The otolaryngology faculty and current otolaryngology resident team enthusiastically support the complement increase and anticipate implementation of the increase in 2023.

Resident-Fellow Highlights

Spotlight on the Otolaryngology Residency Program:
Written by Thomas Robey, MD

PGY2 otolaryngology resident, Marc Drake, MD was featured in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, Trial by pandemic: In their initiation as doctors, they face the worst health care crisis in a century, that was published October 22, 2021. The article re-counts the story of three MCW graduates who spent their first year of residency immersed in death, isolation, and fatigue due to COVID-19.

Drs. Thomas Robey and Sophie Shay lead a Boot Camp for PGY1-2 residents on July 6, 2021. Six stations were set up, with our PGY-4 and PGY-5 residents teaching the new residents ENT procedures that they will need on call and their rotations going forward. The educational curriculum this year also included a pediatric airway/bronchoscopy course, a microvascular course, a saw bones course, an allergy course, and a soft tissue/suture skills course. These courses taught by MCW faculty during our education block allow our residents to learn without having to travel to outside institutions.

Children’s audiologist, Gretchen Sackmann, and PGY2 otolaryngology resident, Dr. Marc Drake’s podium presentation, Pushing the limits on hearing screening in the NICU population (Audio) was selected as a top four submission at the SENTAC 2021 Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

Dr. Valerie Flanary invited otolaryngology alum Kenny Carter, MD, GME’11, Opeyemi Daramola, MD, GME’13, Inell Rosario, MD, GME’97, and Kiley Trott, MD, FEL’19 to join Otolaryngology Grand Rounds on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Dr. Flanary lead a discussion entitled, Catching Up with URiM Graduates: Reflections on Residency and the Path to Practice.

Spotlight on the Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship:
Written by Robert Chun, MD

Dr. Elie Khalifee who began his pediatric fellowship at Children’s Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Inc. on July 1, 2021 following his otolaryngology residency at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Dr. Khalifee has a passion for teaching and research. This has been demonstrated in his mentorship of medical students and residents into an accepted poster presentation at the Society for Ear, Nose, and Throat Advances in Children meeting in December 2021 for, Utilizing Preoperative n-BCA in the Resection of Recurrent Thyroglossal Duct Cyst: Case Report and Review of the Literature, and a future oral presentation at the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology meeting in April 2022 on, Novel Utilization of Preoperative n-BCA in the Resection of Refractory Submandibular Lymphatic Malformations. We are grateful for his enthusiasm in teaching and education and wish him well in his interviews for academic faculty positions in the US.

We are looking forward to our 2022-2023 pediatric fellow, Axel Shum, MD, who is currently a PGY5 otolaryngology resident who will graduate and transition to become our 11th pediatric otolaryngology fellow in July! Thank you to all the staff who have taken the time to support our fellowship and a special thanks to Alyssa Schwab in her dedication and coordination of our ACGME accredited Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship.


Airway Course 2021

Koss PGY1 - E Harvey PGY3

Resident Boot Camp

Otolaryngology Residents and Fellows: Who We Are

2021-2022 Resident Team

PGY5 Residents
Lauren North, MD (MCW)
Ryan Puccia, MD (Indiana)
Alex Shum, MD (Kansas)

PGY4 Residents
Kenneth Akakpo, MD (Ohio)
Kaleigh Stabenau, MD (Illinois-Peoria)
Adam Thompson-Harvey, MD (Saint Louis)

PGY3 Residents
Erin Harvey, MD (Cincinnati)
Rebecca Rohde, MD, MPH (Saint Louis)
Abigail Thomas, MD (Loyola)

PGY2 Residents
Anna Berezovsky, MD (Michigan)
Sam Beydoun, MD (Cincinnati)
Mark Drake (MCW)

PGY1 Residents
Sarah Connolly, MD (MCW)
Kevin Koss, MD (Buffalo)
Samantha LaPrade (MCW)

2021-2022 Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellow
Anna Bakeman, MD – Medical School, MCW; Otolaryngology Residency, Pittsburgh

2021-2022 Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellow
Elie Khalifee, MD – Medical School, American University-Beirut; otolaryngology residency, Beirut

The three otolaryngology residents who completed the program on June 30, 2021, continue with their education. Dr. Hillary Newsome is currently a Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Mana Espahbodi is caring for the tiniest of patients as a Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellow at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. Dr. David Campbell is proudly following in his dad’s footsteps as a fellow in Head and Neck Oncology-Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, NY.

Rachel Fee, MD, the 2020-2021 Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fee headed south to the sunshine state to practice in Jacksonville, FL.

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