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    Here's the latest news for the Department of Otolaryngology.

    Stringer named secretary-treasurer of AAO

    Dr. Scott Stringer, professor and chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences, has been elected secretary-treasurer of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The academy is the world's largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck area. Representing about 12,000 otolaryngologists-head and neck surgeions, it works to advance ethical practice and excellent care through education, research and health policy advocacy.

    Death of former Division Chief

    Dr. Myron Lockey, a highly regarded faculty member in the former Division of Otolaryngology in the last 1980's, passed away.  He served as chief of the division during a challenging time in the history of our department.  Dr. Lockey was loved by the residents and patients, and went on to have a long, productive and highly successful career as an otolaryngologist in the Jackson community.

    Nursing recognition

    Congratulations to Christy Sheppard, Kelli Howard and Nikki Forst who became Certified Otorhinolaryngology Nurses (CORLN) recently. They are the first nurses in our department to achieve this through the Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses. The difficult 250-question certification test focuses on otorhinolaryngological conditions, head and neck conditions and nursing and professional issues. We appreciate their dedication to our patients and to nursing professionalism. They set the bar high for nursing expertise and care in our department.

    2014 Mississippi Society of Otolaryngology meeting

    The MSO meeting was in San Destin during July.  The Department of Otolaryngology had three resident presentations this year.  Nine of our residents and several faculty members attended.

    Faculty promotion

    We are pleased to announce that Charles Bishop, AuD has been promoted to Associate Professor.  Dr. Bishop has been at UMMC since 2004, and is a leader in our audiology division.

    Resident obtains fellowship

    Dr. Matt Richardson, PGY-4, received notification that he will be entering a Facial Plastic Surgery fellowship in Birmingham with Dr. Daniel Rousso in The Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic.  This is a 1 year fellowship.

    2014 lectureship and resident graduation

    The 13th Annual Lectureship in Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences and Resident Graduation was held June 6-7, 2014.  Dr. Timothy L. Smith was our visiting professor.  Dr. Smith is currently Professor and Director of the Oregon Sinus Center, Chief of Rhinology and Sinus-Skull Base Surgery, and Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Otolaryngology at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. 

    On June 6, Dr. Smith gave two lectures.  Research presentations were given by graduating residents Alex Ashford, MD; Mary Ashmead, MD; and Beth Bailey, MD and by PG-4 residents Patrick Haas, MD; Matt Richardson, MD; and Jim Spencer, MD.  Dr. Smith also conducted a case studies conference with the residents.

    The dinner and awards ceremony, honoring our graduates, was held at the Country Club of Jackson on the evening of June 6.  Dr. Ashford will be in private practice in Athens, GA.  Dr. Ashmead will begin a one-year Rhinology fellowship at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, and Dr. Bailey will begin a one-year Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL.

    Congratulations to our award winners for 2014:

    • Resident Teacher of the Year - Jim Spencer, MD, PGY-4
    • Resident Research Award - Alex Ashford, MD, PGY-5
    • Resident Academic Award - Jim Spencer, MD, PGY-4
    • Mary B. Manasco Spirit Award - Matt Richardson, PGY-4
    • Faculty Teacher of the Year - Lana Jackson, MD
    • Golden Skull Award - Jim Spencer, MD, PGY-4 and Patrick Haas, MD, PGY-4
    • Consultant of the Year Award - Josephine Wyatt-Ashmead, MD; Desmondes Haynes, MD; John Spurzem, MD
    • Alumnus of the Year - Andrea Lewis, MD
    • Nurse/PE of the Year - Wendy Marino, RN

    The resident/alumni golf tournament was held June 7 at The Refuge in Flowood.  We were glad to see our former residents who returned to participate in the 2014 graduation activities.

    Graduates pass boards

    Dr. Neal Burkhalter, Dr. Jon Hayes, and Dr. Tara Rosenberg all have passed their American Board of Otolaryngology oral examinations.  All three physicians are 2013 graduates of our residency program.  Dr. Burkhalter is in private practice in Columbia, SC, and Dr. Jon Hayes is in private practice in Knoxville, TN.  Dr. Tara Rosenberg is in the Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program at the University of Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, AR.

    COSM 2014

    Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings were held in Las Vegas in May. UMMC's Department of Otolaryngology had four residents and one faculty member attend. 

    Dr. Mary Ashmead (PGY-5) had a poster entitled "Race and Workup of Chronic Rhinosinusitis." The poster of Dr. Jim Spencer (PGY-5) was entitled "Survey of Knowledge of and Comfort with Tracheostomy Tubes among Internal Medicine Residents." Dr. Patrick Haas (PGY-4) had two posters entitled "Physical Activity and Hearing Loss" and "Eosinophilic Fungal Rhinosinusitis Confined to the Nasal Cavity." Dr. Beth Bailey's poster title was "Manual Therapy May Improve Swallowing Outcomes in  Post-Treatment Head and Neck Cancer Patients." Erin Johnson Smith (M4) who will begin her residency with our department in July, had a poster entitled "Establishing Baseline Practice Regarding Perioperative Methods to Reduce Surgical Site Infections in Rhinologic Surgery."

    Residents continue medical mission trips in 2014

    Dr. Matt Richardson visited Caracas, Venezuela, as part of a new Otolaryngology Resident Exchange Program through the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Spending eight days in Caracas with residents and faculty of the local hospital, he had the opportunity to participate in numerous clinical patient encounters and several surgical cases, all involving pediatric otolaryngology patients. 

    Dr. Beth Bailey went on a second trip to Migori, Kenya, for seven days as part of an ENT surgical mission trip with Kenya Relief. She cared for numerous patients in clinic and participated in surgeries, most of which were endemic goiters. 

    American Board of Otolaryngology inservice exam results

    The Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences would like to congratulate our residents for an outstanding job on the 2014 ABO to Inservice Exams. Our residents scored in the top 10% of all residency programs in the nation. Click here for a graph of program averages and where our residents scored.

    The Match

    On March 21, the National Resident Matching Program notified our department that we had matched three outstanding students, Erin Johnson Smith, Laura House, and Kristen DeYoung Pitts. Smith and House are seniors at UMMC, and Pitts is a senior at Medical University of South Carolina. The Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences is excited to have these join us. We look forward to working with them.

    Dr. J. Randall Jordan serves as Capitol Doctor of the Day

    Dr. Jordan was recently Doctor of the Day at the Mississippi Capitol. He spends a couple of days each year serving in this capacity during the legislative session.

    Stringer receives citation for outstanding service

    Dr. Scott Stringer, Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology, recently received a Vice Presidential Citation in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. It was signed and presented by Dr. Doug Girod, Vice President of the Triological Society Middle Section, at the Triological Society Combined Sections Meeting in Miami, Fla., in January.

    Travel grant awarded to offset mission expenses

    Dr. Beth Bailey has been awarded a travel grant by the AAO-HNSF Humanitarian Efforts Committee to help offset expenses of her medical mission trip to Kenya in March. These grants are made possible with the support of individual Academy members. This will be Dr. Bailey's second trip to Kenya.

    Allergy certification for Dr. Lee

    Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Lee, who is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (FAAOA). Dr. Lee's practice includes allergy, endocrine surgery and general otolaryngology. 

    Continuing education course for nurse practitioners

    In December, the Department of Otolaryngology offered a CE course entitled ENT Basics for the Nurse Practitioner. Based on attendance and the positive response from attendees, we have scheduled another course for Dec. 5, 2014, to be held at the Jackson Medical Mall Convention Center. Specific information will be available in the coming months.  

    TCORS funded by the FDA

    Dr. Thomas J. Payne, Associate Director of the ACT Center, is serving as Co-Investigator for one of the 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) recently funded by the FDA. Dr. Payne and other UMMC investigators are collaborating with scientists at the American Heart Association and University of Louisville to generate research and provide leadership in tobacco regulatory science that the FDA will use to develop meaningful product regulation. 

    Department participation at Academy meetings

    Our department was well-represented at the September Academy meetings in Vancouver. Eight residents and six faculty members participated in the different society meetings. Alumni attendees included: Dr. Michael Brooks, Dr. Richard Flaiz, Dr. Cheryl Varner, Dr. James Connolly, Dr. Robert Moore, and Dr. Jim House.

    Rosenburg receives award

    Dr. Rosenberg
    Dr. Rosenberg

    Dr. Tara Rosenberg, a 2013 graduate of the otolaryngology residency program, received the Section for Residents and Fellows 2013 Adam Ross Award at the Academy meeting in Vancouver. Voted on by her peers, this award was presented to Tara for her dedication and hard work for the Section. 

    We are extremely proud of Tara for continually striving for improvement both locally and nationally. 

    Stringer serving as AADO president

    Dr. Scott Stringer, chairman of our department, is serving a two year term as President of the Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology. AADO is a national organization that represents otolaryngology departments in academic institutions.  Its mission is to promote the common interests of otolaryngology departments in the U.S. and Canada through meetings, publications, research and the exchange of ideas and relevant information.