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  • Department News

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

    Visiting professor

    We were honored to have Dr. Seth Brown as a visiting professor on October 15 and 16.  Dr. Brown presented two lectures, "Contract Negotiations" and "Essentials of Coding" to the otolaryngology residents and faculty. Dr. Brown is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Connecticut in the Division of Otolaryngology, and he is Director of The Connecticut Sinus Institute.

    Continuing education course offered for Advanced Practice Providers

    The Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences offered a CE course entitled ENT Basics for the Advanced Practice Provider on Friday, December 4, 2015 at the Jackson Medical Mall, UMMC Conference Center. The purpose of this conference was to enhance the knowledge of advanced practice providers in the diagnosis and treatment of common ENT disorders/diagnoses and to recognize criteria for appropriate referrals to ENT specialists/sub-specialists. 

    Department participation at 2015 Academy meetings

    Our department was well-represented at the 2015 Academy meeting in Dallas.  Seven residents, seven faculty members, and four advanced practice providers participated in the different society meetings.  Dr. Laura House, PGY-2 presented a poster entltled Frontal Sinus Cell Types and Their Relationship to Frontal Sinus Disease. Alumni attendees included: Dr. Mary Ashmead; Dr. Jim Connely; Dr. Michael Goodier; Dr. Neal Burkhalter; and Dr. Tara Rosenberg.

    Southeastern ORL Simulation Training Boot Camp

    In August 2015, UMMC's otolaryngology department hosted the first Southeastern ORL Simulation Training Boot Camp. This one-day preparatory course provided an experience to help junior ORL residents acquire emergency "on-call" as well as basic surgical skills. It featured hands-on simulated emergency scenarios and interactive triage sessions. Faculty from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center joined our ENT faculty in teaching UMMC residents and residents from Tulane, UT Health Sciences Center, and LSU-Shreveport. Based on feedback from attendees, another boot camp will be planned in 2016.

    Otolaryngology residents score in top 5 on American Board of Otolaryngology inservice exams

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    The Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences congratulates our residents on their outstanding performance on the 2015 ABOto Inservice Exams. They have consistently scored in the top 10-20% of all residency programs in the nation, but this year, they are in the top 5 programs in the country, with only two programs scoring higher. The graph shows program averages and where our residents scored.

    2015 Lectureship and resident graduation

    2010 Browne, JD 0604.jpgThe 14th Annual Lectureship in Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences and Resident Graduation was held June 26 and 27, 2015. 

    Dr. J. Dale Browne, professor and chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.,  was our visiting professor. His specialty is head and neck surgical oncology and reconstruction.

    On June 26, Dr. Browne gave two lectures.  Research presentations were given by graduating residents Patrick Haas, MD; Matthew Richardson, MD; and James Spencer, MD and by PGY-4 residents Patrick Bockenstedt, MD; Jessica Lange, MD; and Allison Ordemann, MD.  Dr. Browne also conducted a case studies conference with the residents.

    The dinner and awards ceremony was held at the Country Club of Jackson on the evening of June 26. Dr. Haas is moving to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area where he will begin private practice. Dr. Richardson is completing a one-year facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at The Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic. Dr. Spencer is joining Cambridge Otolaryngology in private practice in Boston.

    Congratulations to the 2015 award winners:

    •   Resident Teacher of the Year - James Spencer, MD, PGY-5

    •   Resident Research Award - Andrew Nida, MD, PGY-4

    •   Resident Academic Award - James Spencer, MD, PGY-5

    •   Mary B. Manasco Spirit Award - Matthew Richardson, MD, PGY-5

    •   Faculty Teacher of the Year - J. Randall Jordan, MD

    •   Golden Skull Award - James Spencer, MD, PGY-5

    •   Consultant of the Year Award - Pierre de Delva, MD; Kyle Lewis, MD;
        Gerald McKinney, MD

    •   Alumnus of the Year - James R. McAuley, MD

    •   Nurse/PE of the Year - Catherine Cheney, CFNP

    The resident/alumni golf tournament was held June 27 at The Refuge in Flowood.  We were glad to see our former residents who returned to participate in the 2015 graduation activities.

    Otolaryngology residents accepted to AOA

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    Matthew Richardson
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    James Spencer
    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society has accepted Dr. Matt Richardson, PGY-5 and Dr. James Spencer, PGY-5. AOA is a professional medical organization that recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine. Their values include honesty, honorable conduct, morality, virtue, unselfishness, ethical ideals, dedication to serving others and leadership. We congratulate our doctors on this outstanding honor.

    2015 Resident Match

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    Lauren Buck
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    Steven Curti
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    Amitra Ray
    On March 20, our department was notified by the National Resident Matching Program that we had matched three outstanding students. Our 2015-16 resident interns are Lauren Buck from LSU-Shreveport; Steven Curti from the University of Missouri in Kansas City; and Amrita Ray from Michigan State University. The Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences looks forward to working with this group of physicians.

    Graduates pass boards

    Dr. Alex Ashford, Dr. Mary Ashmead, and Dr. Beth Bailey-Ashford have passed their American Board of Otolaryngology oral exams.  All three physicians are 2014 graduates of our residency program.  Dr. Alex Ashford and Dr. Beth Bailey-Ashford are in private practice in Athens, GA. Dr. Mary Ashmead is practicing in the Dallas area.