Innovative Otolaryngology Research
Learning basic research concepts and contributing to the medical literature with original research is an important part of our residency training. Our faculty and residents collaborate together in both clinical and basic science research. Residents have four months of dedicated research time:
- One month is spent during the PGY2 year of training with the purpose of organizing at least one research activity, presenting a research prospectus to the Otolaryngology department and beginning the process of writing an IRB application.
- Two months during the PGY3 year of training are spent doing the majority of the data acquisition and assimilation and moving projects to completion.
- An additional month during the PGY4 year of training is spent bringing open research projects to a close. Residents are required to submit a research project for presentation at any national meeting that he/she is scheduled to attend.
Abundant clinical and basic science research opportunities exist in the department. All faculty participate in research projects with the residents. The majority of research projects have traditionally been clinical in nature and include retrospective and prospective studies. Several residents in recent years have taken advantage of opportunities to write review articles and book chapters in collaboration with faculty.
Current Otolaryngology Research
Several faculty have active research activities with the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM). The resources available at WFIRM are world class, and groundbreaking discoveries made at WFIRM frequently make national headlines. At the current time, our faculty are investigating cochlear hair cell regeneration, tracheal transplantation, cartilage engineering and salivary regeneration in collaboration with resources available at WFIRM. Residents are actively involved in all of these projects.
See a sampling of our recent publications.