Academic Curriculum

Grand Rounds and Didactic Lectures

Each Friday morning the department hosts a Grand Rounds lecture, which is given by a resident, faculty member, or invited guest. This is followed by a one-hour didactic lecture given by a faculty member or guest.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference

Once each month the Morbidity and Mortality Conference replaces the Friday morning didactic series.

Head and Neck Tumor Boards

A weekly Treatment Planning Conference is hosted Thursday afternoons at Methodist University Hospital in conjunction with the University of Tennessee Cancer Institute (UTCI). New head and neck cancer cases from the teaching services at Methodist and The Med as well as patients evaluated in the UTMG clinic with Dr. Samant are discussed.

The VA Medical Center has a weekly Tumor Board on Thursdays at noon, which is attended by the VA ENT service.

Finally, there is also a twice-monthly Baptist Head & Neck Tumor Board attended by the Med/Baptist junior and chief.

Patient Care Rounds

These case presentations are held during scheduled didactic time and consist of interesting and infrequently encountered cases recently seen by the residents. The format for this session is that of a clinical case presentation followed by a brief review of the topic and discussion amongst the residents and faculty members.

Board Review

Board review sessions are directed by the chief residents and include review of high-yield topics and practice questions in preparation for the annual ABOto inservice examination as well as preparation for the oral and written boards. These sessions are currently held bi-weekly.

Journal Club

A monthly journal club meeting is a forum to review several pertinent articles from the current literature. In addition, landmark articles are often reviewed as well.

Research Conferences

The faculty of the research division including Drs. Sebelik, Boughter, and Gould meet monthly with the residents to review current research projects, review databases and tools available to the physician scientist, and also provide an opportunity to offer additional guidance in the formulation and successful execution of new resident research projects.

The annual Ed Cocke Symposium consists of a keynote lecture by an invited guest speaker followed by resident presentations of scholarly activity and research projects from the preceding year.

Temporal Bone Course

Dr. Bruce MacDonald hosts a monthly temporal bone dissection session for the residents with hands-on dissection in our dedicated temporal bone laboratory. The temporal bone laboratory is also open to the residents year-round with an ample supply of cadaveric bones for developing surgical dissection techniques.

Head & Neck Anatomy

Each year the PGY-2 residents attend all lectures and laboratory sessions of the Head & Neck section of the Gross Anatomy Course offered by the UTHSC College of Medicine Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology.

Courses and Conferences

All residents are encouraged to attend regional and national courses, conferences, and academic meetings. Travel funds are available.