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  • Department News

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

    The Match

    On March 21st, 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 is 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, Florida 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 of 2014.  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 December 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 US and Canada through meetings, publications, research and the exchange of ideas and relevant information.

    SUO-HNS chooses Stringer as president

    Dr. Scott Stringer, chairman of otolaryngology and communicative sciences, ascended to the Presidency of the Society of University Otolaryngologists-Head and Neck Surgeons at the annual meeting of the organization in September, after serving as President-Elect.  The organization is the academic specialty society for otolaryngology and as such represents all faculty members in university otolaryngology programs across the United States.  The mission of SUO - HNS is to provide for the exchange of ideas and relevant information germane to the practice of medicine in an academic setting.  Promotion of career development strategies emphasizing the academic milieu are an essential mission. 

    The society serves as a reference source to the Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology providing guidelines for resident education and strategies for medical student learning.  The society provides instruction relative to an academic practice including management seminars, teaching skills, research development and funding. The annual meeting provides a forum for consideration of contemporary compelling issues amidst a backdrop of collegial interaction.     

    Resident goes on mission trip to Kenya

    Dr. Beth Bailey, PGY-5, went on a mission trip to Migori, Kenya from August 8-18, 2013. organizes multiple mission trips each year, both medical and non-medical.  KenyaRelief is sending 20 missionary teams to Kenya this year, 4 of which are ENT teams.  Dr. Bailey was able to participate in clinic for 3.5 days and the group saw over 400 patients.  Team 12, the team Dr. Bailey was a part of, performed over 32 surgeries with the vast majority being goiters.   She stayed at Brittney's House of Grace, which is the home to orphans and children from surrounding villages.   The last two days of her stay were spent on safari at the Masai Mara game reserve. 

    New opportunity for residents to earn MBA during residency

    We are excited to announce that residents in our program now have the option to complete one of several graduate degrees during their residency in lieu of their normal basic or clinical science research rotation. Our parent institution, the University of Mississippi, offers Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration degrees. The University of Mississippi Medical Center offers Master of Health Informatics and Information Management and Doctor of Health Administration degrees. All of these are online programs which require minimal if any on site attendance. Tuition is free for residents. Applicable fees will be covered by the Department just as we would provide funding for research projects.

    Residents enrolling in one of these programs will be allowed to use their protected research and elective time to devote toward completing this course work. The resident would be required to complete a project as part of one or more of their courses that relates to health services or similar business research that would relate to Otolaryngology. It is typical of each of these programs that a practical problem from your work area would be required. Examples might include a cost effectiveness analysis, a work force study, health disparities research, or a clinical practice efficiency study. The work completed would go toward the research requirement of completing and submitting two research projects during the residency. Entry into the degree programs are subject to the normal admissions process at each institution. Admission requirements to some of the degree programs include completing the GRE.

    Joining our Head and Neck Team

    We are excited to announce the arrival of two new fellowship-trained head and neck faculty members. 

     Dr. Lana Jackson, a native Mississippian, obtained her Pharm D at Ole Miss and then completed medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  She completed residency and a fellowship in head and neck oncology at the Medical College of  Georgia where she has been on faculty since 2008.  Having trained under Dr. David Terris, Dr. Jackson brings a wealth of experience in head and neck ablative and advanced endocrine surgery.  

    Dr. Issam Eid graduated Louisiana Tech University for undergraduate studies and from Tulane University for medical school.  Dr. Eid completed his residency at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio and is now finishing the outstanding head and neck/microvascular reconstruction fellowship at Kansas University Medical Center.  These two new recruits complete our nationally competitive head and neck program, offering all available advanced techniques. 

    Residents obtain fellowship

    Mary Ashmead, MD and Beth Bailey, MD both received word that they have matched in fellowship programs.  Dr. Ashmead will be starting a fellowship in Rhinology at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston in 2014.  Dr. Bailey will be starting a fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery at the University of South Florida.  Congratulations to both!

    Mississippi Society of Otolaryngology meets in 2013

    MSO was held in San Destin from July 4-7, 2013.  The Department of Otolaryngology had three resident presentations this year.  Nine of our residents attended MSO and several faculty members, as well. 

    Lectureship and resident graduation

    The 12th Annual Lectureship in Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences and Resident Graduation was held June 20-21, 2013.  Peter S. Roland, MD, professor and chairman of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas-Southwestern, was our visiting professor.

    On June 20, Dr. Roland gave two lectures.  Research presentations were given by graduating residents Neal Burkhalter, MD, Jonathan Hayes, MD, and Tara Rosenberg, MD, and by PGY-4 residents Alex Ashford, MD, Mary Ashmead, MD, and Beth Bailey, MD.  Dr. Roland also conducted a case studies conference with the residents. 

    The dinner and awards ceremony, honoring our graduates, took place that evening at the Country Club of Jackson.  Dr. Burkhalter will begin private practice in Columbia, SC.  Dr. Hayes will begin private practice in Knoxville, TN.  Dr. Rosenberg will begin a two-year pediatric fellowship at the University of Arkansas Children's Hospital. 

    Congratulations to our Award winners for 2013:

    • Resident Teacher of the Year-- Neal Burkhalter, MD, PGY-5
    • Resident Research Award-- Neal Burkhalter, MD, PGY-5
    • Mary B. Manasco Spirit Award-- Mary Ashmead, MD, PGY-4
    • Faculty Teacher of the Year-- Andrea Lewis, MD
    • Golden Skull Award--Tara Rosenberg, MD, PGY-5
    • Consultant of the Year Award--Todd Nichols, MD and Majid Khan, MD (both from the radiology department at UMMC)
    • Alumnus of the Year--Bradford Dye, MD
    • Nurse/PE of the Year--Courtney Boatright, CFNP 

    The resident/alumni golf tournament was held June 21 at The Refuge in Flowood.  We were glad to see our former residents who returned to participate in the graduation activities.