OT506M.J

Scientific Bases of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Credits: 4.00 CREDITS (Non-Clinical Elective)
Sites: MEEI, BWH, BIDMC, CHMC
Directors: Rauch, Steven Douglas
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month. Not Offered Jul and Aug.
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description:
A combination of readings of reviews and primary source literature, laboratory investigation, and correlated clinical opportunities will be used to familiarize the student with the basic science relevant to particular clinical problems within a subspecialty area of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Subspecialty areas within Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery include head and neck oncology, otology/neurotology, including disorders of hearing, balance and facial nerve function, allergy and immunology of the head and neck, infectious and inflammatory diseases, pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck aesthetic, reconstructive and microvascular surgery, head and neck anatomy and pathology, and disorders of the airway and voice. The student will work closely with a faculty preceptor to identify a specific clinical problem, complete a critical review of the literature on the topic and explore the basic science issues that relate to clinical practice. Once the limits of the scientific underpinnings of the clinical practice have been defined, the student will frame a research question and design a hypothetical research project to answer it. The literature review, research question and experimental design will be submitted in written form as if completing an NIH grant application. At the discretion of the preceptor and student, some projects may be carried out or proposals submitted to funding agencies.
Learning Goals:
The student will gain deep familiarity with clinical literature on their chosen topic.
The student will gain deep familiarity with the basic science relevant to their chosen topic.
The student will acquire experience defining the limits of the scientific bases of a clinical topic, and will use this definition to pose a research question and design an experiment to test their hypotheses.
The student will acquire experience presenting the background and significance, preliminary studies, and experimental methods and materials of the research proposal in the standardized format of an NIH grant application
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
The student will read extensively in the clinical and basic science literature relevant to their chosen topic. Twice weekly they will have a 1-hour meeting with the course director to present the results of their reading, discuss its relevance to their topic and research proposal, and to plan their objectives for the next meeting.
Evaluation:
The student's performance is evaluated on the basis of their twice-weekly interactions with the Course Director/Preceptor, and their written research proposal. Evaluation criteria include professional conduct (e.g. making and keeping appointments, reliability meeting short-term objectives and commitments), oral presentation skills, writing skills, and ability to absorb and synthesize primary source literature.
Grade Criteria:
High Honors:
-Reliably prepares for and attends all sessions with Preceptor.
-Reads, absorbs, synthesizes, and gives superior oral presentation of clinical and basic science primary source literature.
-Written research proposal is clear, well-written, logical, detailed, and shows a level of scientific sophistication that exceeds expectations for a student at this level of training.
Honors:
-Reliably prepares for and attends all sessions with Preceptor.
-Reads, absorbs, synthesizes, and gives clear oral presentation of clinical and basic science primary source literature.
-Written research proposal is clear, well-written, logical, detailed, and shows a level of scientific sophistication that meets expectations for a student at this level of training.
Satisfactory:
-Reliably prepares for and attends all sessions with Preceptor.
-Reads, absorbs, synthesizes, and gives adequate oral presentation of clinical and basic science primary source literature.
-Written research proposal is clear, well-written, logical, detailed, and shows a level of scientific sophistication adequate for a student at this level of training.
Unsatisfactory:
Fails to meet criteria for Satisfactory grade.
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