Message from the Chair

February 2022

 

Dear Colleagues,
 
2022 begins eerily similar to 2021 with the COVID-19 pandemic dictating many aspects of our personal and professional lives. Despite an extremely stressed health care system and a collective weariness, we continue to deliver safe and effective care for our patients. Our efforts have been on the forefront of solving many challenges posed by the pandemic: evolving our clinical practice, maintaining our high quality education programs and growing our research while taking care of each other. The last two years have shown us that individuals can make a real difference and can positively impact colleagues, patients, families, and our community.
 
We continue to build an inclusive environment with the department diversity, equity, and inclusion committee, initiating activities such as a “distance travelled” metric for our resident applicant evaluations. With the guidance of Ani O’Hara, our cultural commitment work culminated in an “All Hands” meeting this fall to take a measure of progress made, define areas of focus, and provide tools for effective and timely feedback. “Real time” coaching is also available to all in the department.
 
Otolaryngology-HNS remains a highly sought after specialty among the nation’s medical students. We received over 500 residency applications this year. It is clear the best and brightest will be joining our ranks. Under the leadership of Drs. Tanya Meyer and Henry Ou and the great contributions of residents and staff, our remote interview process was seamless, smooth, interactive, and showcased all the department has to offer.
 
We are in the midst of several recruitments for faculty to serve in hearing basic science, head and neck oncology, pediatric and adult audiology, and advanced practice provider positions. They will help in critical areas of research and clinical growth, patient care needs for primary otolaryngology, and work/life balance across the department.
 
While challenges remain, it is certain our entire team will continue to deliver the highest quality care with the best possible outcomes. Our commitment to educating the next generation of otolaryngologists will not waver, and we will keep innovating through research in both basic and translational otolaryngology.
 
Sincerely,

Neal