The past year-and-a-half brought change to the MCW otolaryngology residency program, both in leadership and adaptability. Dr. Thomas Robey transitioned into the role of Program Director, following Dr. David Poetker’s GME ’06 reign of almost nine years. The resident’s entire educational curriculum was revamped to consist of a three-hour protected education block on Tuesday afternoons, including didactics that cover all subspecialties, humanities, global health, business of medicine, patient safety and quality improvement, research, Journal Club, M&M, Grand Rounds, mock orals, in-service preparation, and various hands-on labs and courses. Then the pandemic hit; operating rooms and clinics were shut down and the educational block went virtual. Zoom took over and both our otolaryngology residency program and other programs across the country banded together to provide a variety of learning opportunities. By summertime, our clinics and operating rooms were back to full strength and we resumed in person education taking the necessary precautions. Through it all our residents persisted with courage and strength and continue to provide optimal and safe patient care throughout our institutions.
Virtual Interviews 2021
To support the nation’s public health efforts, resident applicant interviews were virtual in 2021. Our program received over 400 applications for its three resident positions. A faculty team of reviewers narrowed down the pool to 45. The applicants interviewed proved to be skilled at the virtual format, but the effect of this impersonalized process is yet to be seen as the National Residency Match Day happens on March 19.
Our current resident team, led by Drs. Adam Thompson-Harvey GME ’23 and Lauren North, MD ’17, GME ’22, managed to produce an insightful video on the program, the residents within, and living in the City of Milwaukee. This can be viewed here.
Significant Resident Accomplishments
- Dr. Hillary Newsome GME ’21 received the prestigious 2020 Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Inc. (MCWAH) Housestaff Award for Excellence in Teaching. Senior medical students vote on the award and only two awards are given each year among 100+ residency programs.
- Matthew Partain, MD GME ’20 received the 2019-2020 Dr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Kidder Resident Mentor Award.
- Mana Espahbodi, MD GME ’20 received the 2019-2020 Resident Research Award for her project entitled, Comparative Analysis of Inflammatory Signaling Human Middle Ear Epithelial Cell Culture Models of Pediatric Otitis Media.
- David Campbell, MD ’16, GME ’20 was the recipient of the 2019-2020 Lee G. Eby Award for his research paper on, Positive Surgical Margins in Oral Cavity Cancer: The Impact of Length of Inpatient Hospital Stay.
- Rebecca Rohde, MD GME’24 and Hillary Newsome, MD GME ’21 received MCW Outstanding Medical Student Teacher Awards for 2019-2020 for their participation in a Bench to Bedside Skills Course for M2 students.
- Adam Thompson-Harvey, MD GME ’23 is serving a two-year term, as a representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges Organization of Resident Representatives for the Society of University Otolaryngologists.
Joining the MCW Otolaryngology Resident Team on July 1, 2020
- Anna Berezovsky, MD - University of Michigan
- Ahmed (Sam) Beydoun, MD - University of Cincinnati
- Marc Drake, MD ’20 - Medical College of Wisconsin
Leading the MCW Otolaryngology Resident Team through 2020-2021, and leaving MCW on June 30
- David Campbell, MD ’16, GME ’21 will continue training in a head and neck oncology-microvascular reconstructive surgery fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, NY.
- Mana Espahbodi, MD GME ’21 will partake in a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at John’s Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.
- Hillary Newsome, MD GME ’21 will further her education in a facial plastic fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.