Our Approach to Resident Education
At Vanderbilt, an integral part of our mission is to train the future leaders in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. In accordance with this vision, 3 hours a week are dedicated to formal resident teaching - beyond learning that comes with clinical responsibilities. This time is spent reviewing important anatomy, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of many head and neck diseases. While a portion of these teaching sessions employ lecture-based learning, a significant emphasis is placed on critical thinking and resident-lead case based learning. The framework for teaching sessions comes from Bloom’s Taxonomy, a methodology aimed at helping residents systematically acquiring otolaryngology knowledge. Learning sessions are supplemented with multiple specialized hands-on training courses. The department pays for membership to the AAO for all residents, in addition to access to the American Academy of Otolaryngology Home Study Course and AcademyU - a vast online educational resource. Paper copies of select journals and annula access to Board Vitals (online board-style questions) are also payed for by the Department. A unique 4-year leadership training program provides residents with a foundation in knowledge and the skills needed to excel in the dynamic world of medicine beyond the clinics and operating room. Importantly, within the department of Otolaryngology, in addition to the Program Directior (Dr. Sinard), there is a Director of Education (Dr. Seibert) who has formal training in educational methodology and assists in enhancing the teaching experience for residents. Fellows within the department act as attendings and work closely with residents. They have well defined roles, entirely augmenting the learning environment, and are a strength of the academic family at Vanderbilt.
“Have we accomplished all that we can to train our colleagues and to educate ourselves for the never-ending race ahead? We can do better. Educational renewal is not just about cleverly using novel pedagogical techniques and new techy tools; as doctors we are by definition duty bound to teach and to lead”
Roland D. Eavey, MD, SM
Director and Chairman, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center and Department of Otolaryngology