Residency Conferences and Courses

UK College of Medicine Otolaryngology residents participate in a wide-range of regularly scheduled conferences designed to further resident education by focusing on issues concerning patient management and up-to-date treatment guidelines in a multidisciplinary setting. In addition to the two-year resident teaching series cycle (see "Resident Education" tab for more details), UK otolaryngology residents participate in the following:

Head and Neck Oncology Conference and Preoperative Planning Conference

Weekly multidisciplinary conferences including head and neck surgeons, general surgical oncologists, plastic surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, and surgical pathologists. These conferences covers all facets of management of patients with head and neck cancer, disease presentation, radiographic and pathologic findings, and staging with treatment planning. Cases are reviewed in order to facilitate preoperative management and learning.

Grand Rounds

Monthly presentations by residents, faculty, and guest speakers. Each resident is assigned two grand rounds per academic year. Residents are encouraged to pick a topic they find interesting which aids in board preparation. A faculty mentor guides each resident through his/her development of the presentation.

Journal Club

Monthly presentation of recent peer-reviewed literature designed to develop critical thinking skills and appraisal of medical literature. Articles are chosen by residents under guidance of faculty mentors with the aim of cultivating interest in a variety of pertinent topics while examining current practice guidelines. Faculty provide constructive criticism on article presentation, as well as key insights related to subspecialty care.

Quality Improvement Patient Safety Conference (QIPS)

Monthly round-table discussion featuring resident presentations designed to: #1) improve patient safety and care, #2) improve personal knowledge base, and #3) serve as board review material. These presentations incorporate several different formats, and Dr. Iverson oversees the process.

Facial Trauma Conference

Conference with presentations on the management of facial trauma patients. Interesting trauma cases from the preceeding week are reviewed, with a focus on radiographic findings and management options. This conference runs every Wednesday morning.

Voice Conference

Monthly conference attended by otolaryngology faculty and residents along with speech-language pathologists.  Both neurological and organic phonatory disorders are presented and discussed with a focus on patient symptomatology, laryngo-scopic examination findings, and treatment strategies.

First/Fifth Wednesday Conference

First/fifth Wednesday conferences cover topics that would typically be considered "adjunctive" to typical otolaryngology training. As specific examples, the program has had conferences covering "Learning how to fail," "Surgical ergonomics for the otolaryngologist," "Private practice management," and many others. The purpose is to expose students, residents, and faculty to a variety of topics covering various aspects of training and life in general. These conferences run the first Wednesday of each month, as well as any months with a fifth Wednesday.