The Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences offers research opportunities for medical students and residents throughout the year. For more information regarding any of the current open projects listed below, please send an inquiry to ENT-Research@umc.edu.
Jeff Carron, MD
Ankyloglossia SurveySurvey of ASPO members about views on ankyloglossia and frenulectomy, emphasizing new literature on posterior tongue tie.
Oxymetazoline versus ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone or ofloxacin for prevention of post-tympanostomy tube otorrheaThis would be a retrospective study of ear tube patients looking at the efficacy of 3 different drops for preventing tube otorrhea in children with clear middle ears at tube insertion. A secondary arm could look at ciprofloxaxin/dexamethasone versus ofloxacin when used in the presence of middle ear effusions.
Frailty in Head and Neck Cancer PatientsEstablish tongue strength as a reliable measure of frailty in head and neck cancer patients.
Does depth of invasion of oral cavity cancer seen on computed tomography correlate with pathologic depth of invasion?One of the changes seen with the release of the AJCC 8th edition was the inclusion of depth of invasion (DOI) in the T staging with respect to oral cavity tumors. There is little to no evidence in the literature describing the correlation or relationship between pathologic DOI and DOI measured on computed tomography (CT). We plan to prospectively measure DOI on CT and compare this to pathologic DOI in patients with oral cavity SCCa. Because there are issues with dental artifact on CT with respect to assessing oral primary tumors, we will also assess the feasibility of measuring DOI on CT as a secondary outcome (as some patients may benefit from an MRI).
Incidence of HPV positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma rates at a tertiary care center, a 10-year reviewTo review the incidence of HPV related oropharyngeal carcinoma in Mississippi and compare it to the natoinal incidence.
Orbital Floor Fractures and the Oculocardiac Reflex: Experience from a Level I Trauma Center