Innovative Medicines and Outcomes Research

The Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery of the Medical University of South Carolina, in its 16th year, has 15 funded positions for 10-12 months of formal training in clinical research. In addition, there is a joint venture with the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery for research training of DO applicants.

The Success of the Program:
1. 82 out of 92 research fellows have successfully matched in otolaryngology at 40+ institutions like MUSC (7), Ohio State (7), VCU (3), Kansas (2), USF (2), Buffalo (2) University of Washington, UT Southwestern, Oregon, Indiana, Henry Ford, Cleveland Clinic, Tulane, Boston University, Rush, UIC, Florida, Rochester, St. Louis University, Oklahoma, UTMB, Temple, Medical College of Georgia, Beth Israel, Kaiser, Cooper Rowan, Albany Medical College, St. Luke's.

2. Nine former research fellows successfully completed clinical fellowships:
Head and Neck: Memorial Sloan Kettering(1), UAB (1)
Neurotology: Michigan Ear Institute (2), Wash U (1)
Pediatric Otolaryngology: Arkansas (1), CHOP (1), Utah (1)
Facial Plastic Surgery: University of Toronto (1), Yadrow Ducic MD - Baylor Scott & White Health (1)

3. Eight former research fellows are now faculty at Arkansas, Augusta University, Florida, Henry Ford, Northwestern, Mayo Arizona, Oklahoma, and UC-Irvine.

4. Ten research fellows have successfully matched in Anesthesiology (2), General Surgery (3), Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Plastic Surgery, Radiology, and Urology.

This fellowship is ideally suited to medical students seeking a research year between the 3rd and 4th years of medical school and recent graduates who are interested in training in Otolaryngology and are seeking to improve on their existing research experience in preparation for the Match in otolaryngology. Candidates must come from U.S.-accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools.

The goal of this program is to provide junior trainees with the skills required to develop a career in multidisciplinary clinical and translational research relevant to otolaryngology - head and neck surgery.

Mentors will create an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for each research fellow, focusing on the six competencies: Scientific Knowledge, Research Skills, Communication, Professionalism, Management and Leadership Skills, Responsible Conduct of Research, and Career Advancement.

This research fellowship offers a unique opportunity to become involved in a variety of clinical research projects, all of which are conducive to obtaining peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national and international meetings. The successful Fellow will be expected to organize and carry out multiple clinical research projects throughout the year. There will be formal training through lectures and one-on-one mentoring on study design, IRB application, data collection, biostatistics, manuscript writing, oral/poster presentation, and help with interview skills. There are typically multiple projects at various stages of completion in progress at any point in time. Excellent organizational and writing skills are required.

Projects are predominantly clinical trials, clinical outcomes research using databases, meta-analysis, and translational research in the areas of Otology, Neurotology, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sinus Surgery and Rhinology, Head & Neck Cancer, and Pediatric Otolaryngology.

Each research fellow will have the opportunity to be involved in a philanthropic project along with joining our faculty on a funded medical mission to Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, or Moldova.

Principal Investigators:
Evan M. Graboyes, M.D., MPH
Lucinda A. Halstead, M.D.
Alexandra E. Kejner, M.D.
Robert F. Labadie, M.D., Ph.D.
Paul R. Lambert, M.D.
Theodore R. McRackan, M.D., MSCR
Ted A. Meyer, M.D., Ph.D.
Jason G. Newman, M.D.
Shaun A. Nguyen, M.D., FAPCR
Ashli K. O'Rourke, M.D.
Krishna G. Patel, M.D., Ph.D.
Habib G. Rizk, M.D., MSc
Rodney J. Schlosser, M.D.
Zach M. Soler, M.D., MSc
David R. White, M.D.

The successful applicant will join and benefit greatly from collaboration and interactions with outstanding clinicians and clinician-researchers within the MUSC ENT family. Interested candidates who are hard-working, passionate, empathetic, high-achieving, and kind are encouraged to apply by sending a cover letter, CV, and names of three references to:

Shaun A. Nguyen, M.D., FAPCR
Professor, Director of Clinical Research
Medical University of South Carolina

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