Our vision is to be a model for a highly successful organization, committed to superior patient care, resident/student education, and innovation in research. We seek to be the premier local and regional provider of otolaryngologic and audiologic services; to set standards of excellence in clinic outcomes, education and research; and to exceed the expectations of our patients and customers, residents and students, institutional faculty and staff.
The Tulane University Department of Otolaryngology prides itself on a rich didactic experience. The faculty are dedicated to teaching residents in a formal learning environment. A multi-disciplinary approach is emphasized, with input from Radiology, Plastic Surgery and Pathology staff. All conferences are held on Thursday afternoon between 4 and 7 pm. Attendance is mandatory for all in-town residents. Live video teleconferencing is currently available to offer these educational opportunities to our residents and faculty at the VA in Biloxi, MS. A sampling of these conferences include:
- Audiology and Temporal Bone Conferences- Lectures about the anatomy and physiology of the ear as well as the evaluation of otologic function. The residents also receive hands-on experience in performing complete audiograms.
- Case Conference - A presentation of unusual or educationally valuable cases with discussion by the faculty and residents. Faculty from the departments of pathology and radiology participate in the conference. Also included in the conference is a death and complication analysis.
- Current Literature Conference - A faculty directed discussion of selected articles from otolaryngology and other medical journals with special quarterly emphasis on the Home Study Course.
- Grand Rounds - A case presentation followed by an in depth lecture about the patient's disease process. Discussion by the residents and faculty make this one of our more interesting conferences.
- Patient Safety Conference - A review of the elective surgical cases planned at each institution, including detailed analysis of the preoperative indications, alternatives to surgery, and possible problems to be anticipated at the time of surgery. Complications and/or deaths at each institution are next discussed with critical review of events leading to these consequences and possible methods of prevention. A Healthcare Matrix is utilized to teach the ACGME mandated core competencies.
- Research Conference - The faculty and residents present ongoing departmental research projects.
- Speech and Language - The speech pathologists present lectures and representative case material familiarizing residents with both diagnostic and rehabilitative methods for patients with speech and swallowing pathologies.