Didactic conferences occur during four to five hours of
protected time every Thursday morning.
The year is divided into subspecialty blocks, each of which
includes department and guest faculty presentations, resident grand rounds,
quality improvement and patient safety conference, patient of the month cases,
journal club, and an interactive simulation lab. In addition, there are longitudinal curricula within the topics of research, quality improvement and patient safety, wellness, and professionalism. Every other week, residents attend a T32 Research Seminar Series for the fifth hour.
Various conferences provide learning opportunities at other
times of the week. Examples are: Head
and neck tumor board conference for residents on the adult services; radiology,
pathology, trauma, and head and neck tumor board conferences for residents on
the Denver Health service; and, planning conferences at Children’s Hospital.
Residents are assigned grand rounds presentations at the
beginning of each academic year based
on weakest areas of performance on their prior year’s Otolaryngology Training
Exam. Residents are expected to review
the current literature for the most up to date information. Faculty mentors provide feedback and often
lead a short discussion session after the presentation, during which more
in-depth questions are asked to assure the presenter’s command of the
subject. Faculty and residents evaluate
the presentations in the areas of content and presentation skills.
Annually, the GME department provides a retreat for
all Chief residents. This is designed to
foster the professional characteristics for a successful chief year, including
leadership, communication, and ethics.
Residents participate in a variety of courses both within
and outside the institution. They routinely
attend the following courses: Ultimate Colorado Mid-Winter Otolaryngology
Update, Western States Rhinology Course, Craniomaxillofacial Surgery Courses, and
Annual American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy Courses.