A Message from the Chair
This has been another very successful year for our Department. We have had many clinical and academic accomplishments. Clinical research, basic science research, translational, and educational initiatives in our Department continue to expand. The number of successful research grant applications has steadily grown over the past 9 years. The value of these research grants has markedly increased. Our Department now has over $8.1 million of new and continuing clinical, basic science, and educational research and innovation grants. This year, Departmental members published 32 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 4 book chapters, and 19 peer-reviewed abstracts. Nearly all of these abstracts were presented at national and international conferences. Members of our Department gave 27 invited guest lectures across North America as well as at international conferences in Barcelona, Lisbon, Kuwait, Dubai, and Shanghai.
Our Department has many accomplished members. We welcome Winsion Chow to the Queensway-Carleton Hospital. Winsion completed his otolaryngology residency at Western University. We sadly said goodbye to Kristian Macdonald who has returned to his hometown of Charlottetown. Kristian is an excellent clinician and talented researcher. He will be greatly missed by all of us in Ottawa.
Our Postgraduate Program remains in high demand. We had many outstanding applicants to our Residency program. We welcomed Alexandra Quimby and Idris Samad to our program this year. Our Department wishes to thank our Chief Residents Ross Campbell and Scott Kohlert for all their work over the past year. We congratulate Lisa Caulley and Matthew Hearn on their successful completion of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Examinations. Matt is now in Edmonton completing the Advanced Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction Fellowship at the University of Alberta. This is a very busy fellowship that will provide Matt with excellent clinical experience.
Lisa is completing a New England Journal of Medicine Editorial Fellowship in Boston this year. She received a CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award and has started a PhD at Erasmus University. Next year, Lisa will commence the Guy's Hospital Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Fellowship. She has received the Harry S. Morton Travelling Fellowship Award for this clinical fellowship.
We welcome back Sara McMartin full time as Education Coordinator. Her work in helping to implement the Competency Based Medical Education in our department will be invaluable.
Congratulations to Nadar Aldajani and Clark Bartlett who both completed Otology Fellowships in October 2016 and Fatima Banaz who completed a Rhinology Fellowship in June 2017.
Our Departmental members serve on many local, national, and international committees. Thank you to our Faculty members who serve on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Examination Board and the Royal College International - Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization Collaborative Examination Board.
Our Department remains committed to excellence in patient care, research and innovation, and medical education. It is an honour for me to serve as Department Chair. I hope you find this report informative. Please contact us if you would like further information about our Department.
David Schramm, MD, SM, FRCSC, FACS
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