SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology
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- Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Laboratory
- Resident Educational Conferences
- Grand Rounds
- Morbidity and Mortality/Quality Assurance
- Basic Science Lecture Series
- Resident Presentations
- Radiology and Pathology Conferences
- Combined Head and Neck Oncology Conference
- Communicative Disorders Conference
- In-Service Examination (Annual Otolarlyngology Examination)
- Otology-Radiology Conference
- Cochlear Implant Conference
- Multidisciplinary Endocrine Surgery Conference
- Otology Conference - Kings County Hospital Center
- VA Hospital Otolaryngology Conference
- BVAH Head and Neck Conference
- Special Evening Meetings
- Temporal Bone Dissection Course
- Journal Club
- Home Study Course
The Temporal Bone Laboratory is an important aspect of Otolaryngology Training. Continuous education in the intricacies of temporal bone anatomy and surgical technique is extremely important in the practice of otology. A fully equipped 8 workstation laboratory was maintained at the 134 Atlantic Avenue location, until the closure of that site in 2014. A new, State-of-the-Art lab is planned for the SUNY site. It will be located on the 7th floor near the departmental offices and will be available for resident use at any time of day or night for self-directed or small group sessions. The lab is intended to be used as a specialty-wide surgical education resource and will include instruments for microvascular training and soft-tissue repair. It is hoped that the lab will be used for frequent courses and educational sessions. Significant funding for the lab has been promised by the Medical School and the University President, and a charitable account has been set up to raise the additional money that will be needed to make the project a reality. It is hoped that construction can begin in late 2017 or early 2018. In the meantime, we have arranged with our colleagues at the NYU Department of Otolaryngology to use their lab at Bellevue Hospital for our yearly course. This two-day course was given to all the residents and provided an excellent educational opportunity.
The department has an extensive conference program that attempts to cover all aspects of contemporary otolaryngology-head and neck surgery in a setting that encourages vigorous discussions in a supportive environment.
Grand Rounds are held every Thursday morning at the University Hospital of Brooklyn. All house staff, students, research fellows and faculty are required to attend. The first half hour is dedicated to the discussion of various residency related topics. During the 7:00 to 8:00am hour, lectures are delivered by invited guests who are nationally known for their expertise and experience in a variety of topics. In-house speakers and faculty as well as residents present information during the 8:00 to 9:00am hour. Also, journal club occurs from 8:00 to 9:00 on the second Thursday of each month and morbidity & mortality conference occurs at 7:00am on the fourth Thursday. On the fourth Thursday, invited speakers presentations occur from 8:00 to 9:00. Biweekly Head and Neck Tumor Board is included in the schedule from 9:00 to 10:00. Alternating with the Comprehensive Otolaryngologic Curriculum Learning through Interactive Approach (COCLIA) course. Different aspects of basic sciences as related to the field of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery are presented and discussed from 7:00 to 9:00am during July and August.
Monthly departmental meetings are scheduled to discuss issues related to quality improvement, performance improvement and morbidity/mortality. This important process involves all department members in an effort to improve individual, departmental, interdisciplinary and system activities in rendering quality patient care. Focusing on the quality activities of all five affiliated hospitals provides a coherent departmental-wide program. These conferences always include a systems-based practice approach, with identification of the roles of all members of the health-care team and identification of any institutional or system issues.
During the summer, a 9-week basic science and communicative disorders course is given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year residents, with senior resident attendance encouraged. Held on Thursday mornings, the first hour is devoted to basic anatomic, physiologic, radiologic and pharmacologic aspects of otolaryngology - head and neck surgery. The second hour is devoted to topics in clinical otolaryngology, audiology and speech and language pathology.
Twice a year each resident gives a formal presentation on a basic science or clinical subject at Grand Rounds. The resident is expected to choose a faculty adviser to assist with topic selection, format determination and possible manuscript preparation. The presentations may be a part of a research project and submission to local, regional and national meetings.
Radiology and pathology conferences are held regularly every month within the context of the Grand Rounds conference. Basic overview of imaging and pathology as well as interesting cases in the head and neck are presented. Discussion and teaching is facilitated by experienced head and neck radiologists and pathologists.
Twenty four times a year, the Departments of Oncology, Otolaryngology, Radiology, Radiation Therapy and Pathology meet to discuss recent head and neck cancer patients and selected topics in head and neck cancer. A similar conference is held weekly at the Brooklyn Veterans Administration Medical Center. A combined otolaryngology/radiation oncology/medical oncology Tumor Board is held at SUNY-UHB/KCHC once a month; all head and neck cancer cases are presented for treatment planning.
A set of in-service meetings have been established by the Division of Communicative Disorders for the residents of otolaryngology. Topics covered include basic audiometry, immittance audiometry, evoked potentials, hearing loss, hearing aids, head and neck disorders, laryngectomy and rehabilitation and dysphagia.
Weekly conferences involving all members of the residency staff are held from January to April of each year up to and including the week before the American Board of Otolaryngology In-Training Examination for Residents. The conference is attended by available members of the residency staff. Supervision is provided by an attending physician who is present at the request of the resident staff and is available for consultation. Topics from past examinations are reviewed to allow more comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the specialty of Otolaryngology – Head and neck Surgery. The library setting allows for immediate availability of reference material as well as audio/visual equipment.
The Otology Conference takes place on a weekly basis in the office of the Department of Otolaryngology. The content of didactic and bedside teaching is based upon clinical material related to patients treated at Kings County Hospital and University Hospital of Brooklyn. The resident presents the case, and the discussion is led and supervised by the attending physician. An attempt is made to integrate the clinical material from the standpoint of diagnosis, treatment, and didactic teaching. Operative cases are presented both before and following surgery. The minutes of the conferences are recorded by the senior resident. A similar conference takes place bi-weekly at the New York Methodist Hospital.
Four times a year, the New York Head and Neck Society hosts a Wednesday evening lecture series devoted to a particular issue. Local, national and international authorities are invited to speak. All residents are invited and sponsored by our department. The residents also attend the yearly New York City Pediatric Airway Course.
During each year of training, residents attend a 3 day temporal bone course. Early course work stress anatomy and embryology, followed by intensive dissections and surgical technique practice. Dr. Matthew Hanson, Dr. Neil Sperling, and Dr. Michal Preis along with other faculty members, guide the resident through this important and valuable educational program. Temporal bones are also available for resident self-study and dissection.
On a monthly basis, the current literature is reviewed in a journal club format. Review of the literature is important for keeping up-to-date with the ever-changing world of medicine. The Journal Club format helps residents learn how to analyze research fundamentals and new material, allowing them to draw their own conclusions. Reading the literature also helps create interest in specific research ideas and stimulates discussion and controversy.
The Home Study Course, offered by AAO-HNS, includes current reprints. This course emphasizes both classic and current studies in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. The course consists of compendia published in four sections a year, beginning each September. A self-assessment examination is provided after each section and scored for credit. All residents participate in this course, with the registration fee paid by the Department of Otolaryngology at SUNY Downstate.
Comprehensive Otolaryngologic Curriculum Learning through Interactive Approach (COCLIA) is a teaching tool to help residents learn otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. This study guide provides discussion questions for over 100 major otolaryngology topics. Residents meet monthly to review the questions and learn from each other.