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Resident Education

Rotations (4 month blocks)

  Resident 1 Resident 2 Resident 3
PGY 2 year Lahey BMC VA
BMC VA Lahey
VA Lahey BMC
PGY 3 year Lahey Childrens BMC
BMC Lahey Childrens
Childrens BMC Lahey
PGY 4 Year VA Research BMC
BMC VA VA
Research BMC Research
PGY 5 Year BMC Chief Plastics Chief Lahey Chief
Lahey Chief BMC Chief Plastics Chief
Plastics Chief Lahey Chief BMC Chief

The On-Call Schedule

The BUMC Otolaryngology Residency Program has been in full compliance with the ACGME
rules on work hours for residents. Since 2004, residents in our program have taken call from
home at all hospital rotations except for Boston Children's Hospital. Junior residents who are
on-call are supported with senior resident back-up and available attending physicians at all times.

Service Vs. Education

The BUMC Otolaryngology program was one of the first academic departments
of otolaryngology in the United States to concentrate specifically on the potential conflicts that
can arise as residents attempt to provide care for patients at the same time that they are trying
to have a valuable educational experience. We recognize that the time demands of providing
patient care can encroach on a resident's opportunity to learn.

In 2004, we established the Service versus Education Committee (SVEC). This Committee
is comprised of four individuals: Residency Program Director, Administrative Chief Resident,
Residency Representative to the Resident's Union, and Department Chairman. The SVEC
meets quarterly and the agenda for each meeting is composed entirely by the two residents who
serve on the committee. Agenda items focus specifically on the matter of existing or potential
conflicts between resident education and service obligations. Minutes of the meeting are taken
by the Administrative Chief Resident and kept on file. In the days and weeks after each SVEC
meeting, efforts are made to resolve all troublesome issues.

One recent outcome from suggestions that were expressed during a meeting of the SVEC
has been the hiring of a Non-Physician Provider (NPP), a nurse practitioner who will assist
the residents in managing hospitalized patients and in responding to requests for consults coming
from other services and from the Emergency Department. The newly hired NPP will carry
the Otolaryngology pager so that residents will be able to have more opportunities to devote time
to surgery and work alongside faculty members during clinic sessions without the interruption
of having to answer pages.

Didactic Education, Conferences, Events

The BUMC Otolaryngology program has a robust educational schedule consisting of weekly
conferences at Boston Medical Center, numerous regional conferences that we participate
in or direct, and contribution to all of the major national Otolaryngology meetings.
Didactics: We collaborate on weekly lectures with the Tufts Medical Center Residency.

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Local and Regional Conferences

  • Annual Scary Cases Conference
  • Annual BU/ Tufts Alumni Day
  • Boston Resident Sinus Course, Boston Resident Allergy Course
  • BU/Tufts Temporal Bone Course
  • BU/Tufts Cadaver Anatomy Course
  • BU Soft Tissue Course
  • BU Facial Trauma and Plating Course
  • New England Otolaryngology Society (three meetings per year)
  • Boston Thyroid Club
  • Massachusetts Society of Otolaryngology Meeting

National Conferences (Active Participation)

  • Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting
  • Combined Sectional Meeting of the Triological Society
  • Subspecialty Conference participation based on research submissions (ARS, AAOA, ABEA, ALA, AFPRS, AHNS, ASPO, SENTAC).

Residents at all levels of training are able to attend national meetings of professional societies due to funding from the Resident Education Fund and the Giveback Fund.

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2015 Annual OTO Scavenger Hunt

Team-Building Events

  • Annual OTO Scavenger Hunt
  • Resident Bowling
  • Annual Resident Retreat

BMC Otolaryngology Conferences:

  • Tumor Board
  • Pathology Conference
  • Radiology Conference
  • Multi-disciplinary Difficult Airway Conference
  • Multi-disciplinary Maxillofacial Trauma Conference
  • Multi-disciplinary Thyroid Conference
  • Quality & Safety Conference
  • Grand Rounds
  • CPC

Faculty and Subspecialty Coverage

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