Residents in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston are creating and executing research projects that involve collaborations at three Texas Medical Center institutions: Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Houston Methodist Hospital. This year three senior residents made seven presentations at the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) held in May in Boston. COSM societies include the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Broncho-Esophagological Association, American Head and Neck Society, American Laryngological Association, American Neurotology Society, American Otological Society, American Rhinologic Society, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, and The Triological Society.
“Seven presentations made at COSM is a great accomplishment and a testament to the hard work put forth by our residents,” says William Yao, MD, associate professor and director of the department’s residency program. “These projects represent our close collaboration with our neighboring institutions and provide an opportunity and resource for our residents to tap into.”
“My favorite part about being an otolaryngology resident in Houston is the ability to collaborate with residents and faculty from across the entire Texas Medical Center,” says Jumah Ahmad, MD, postgraduate year 4 resident. “Beyond the clinical and research opportunities, this experience has expanded my network of lifelong mentors and friends.” Dr. Ahmad presented “Improvement of Postnasal Drip and Chronic Cough Outcomes in Chronic Rhinitis Patients Treated with Temperature-Controlled Radiofrequency Neurolysis of the Posterior Nasal Nerve” to the Triological Society; “Retrospective Review of Inverted Papilloma Attachment Site Distribution with a 3D Heat Map” to the American Rhinologic Society; and “Cochlear Implantation After Head and Neck Radiation: Case Series, Systematic Review, and Meta-Analysis” to the American Otologic Society.
“The collaboration between UTHealth Houston, Memorial Hermann, Houston Methodist, and MD Anderson provides us with a network that spans four world-class institutions and gives us ample opportunity to work with outstanding faculty and present research at national meetings such as COSM,” says Karim Asi, MD, postgraduate year 4 resident. Dr. Asi presented “Outcomes for COVID-19 Patients Undergoing Tracheostomy With or Without ECMO” to the American Broncho-Esophagological Association and “Readability and Quality Assessment of Patient Education Materials from the American Laryngological Association” to the American Laryngological Association.
“The Texas Medical Center – the largest in the world with a rich history of innovation – is an incredible place to engage in cutting-edge research,” says Sean McKee, MD, postgraduate year 4 resident. “The exchange of ideas between institutions provides an unparalleled residency experience and opportunities to develop novel technologies that translate to improved patient care. The project we presented at COSM uses artificial intelligence to identify the tumor attachment site of a sinonasal inverted papilloma, a project we developed in collaboration with Dr. Luca Giancardo’s team at the McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth. We plan to incorporate this technology into clinical practice in the near future.” Dr. McKee presented “Predicting Sinonasal Inverted Papilloma Attachment Using Machine Learning” to the American Rhinologic Society.