Head & Neck Surgery

Research Training Opportunities

Clinical Research Course for Senior Residents and Fellows (SPECTRUM)

The Intensive Course in Clinical Research is a week long intensive “immersion” experience intended for senior residents and fellows who are interested in clinical and translational research involving adult or pediatric health. Students spend five days and four evenings immersed in all aspects of research study design and performance. The course is sponsored by Spectrum, Graduate Medical Education (GME), Spectrum Child Health, and Health Research and Policy (HRP). There is no cost to students or departments for this course.



Society of Physician Scholars

The Stanford Society of Physician Scholars spans major clinical departments and brings together talented residents and clinical fellows in order to train tomorrow’s medical leaders through scholarship and innovation, create a collaborative community, and foster mentoring opportunities both between faculty and residents, and residents and medical students. The program includes training in grant authorship and preparation.

The curriculum encompasses research grant preparation, funding sources, academic appointments and promotions, leadership skills development, optimizing relationships with industry, effective communication, diversity in medicine, and developing teaching, writing and negotiating skills. Currently six Stanford OHNS residents and fellows participate in this program.



Proficient Program (“Promoting Future Investigator-Clinicians in ENT”)

In otolaryngology we have created a program: “Promoting Future Investigator-Clinicians in ENT” or PROFICIENT designed to offer an integrated research experience together with post-residency subspecialty fellowship training. The purpose is to integrate clinical and basic science training to prepare the fellow for a career as surgeon-investigator. This training schema will be considered, on an individual basis, for all of our seven post-residency fellowship programs.

As a specific example, our neurotology fellowship program presently enrolls one fellow for two years with 75% clinical effort (as mandated by the ACGME which accredits the program). Our plan is to enroll two fellows for a period of three years with the curriculum divided evenly 18 months clinical and 18 months bench research. This will fulfill the ACGME requirement for clinical training and also provide a timely relevant research experience. It is envisioned that the fellows will be actively engaged in research their entire three years but will have 18 months of protected research time. A primary goal is to develop a productive line of research to enable receiving a K-08 mentored research award to bring to the fellow’s initial faculty appointment.


INORTAS (Interdisciplinary Network of Research in Otolaryngology at Stanford)

The mission of the INORTAS program is to channel the resources provided by Stanford University bioscience and engineering to achieve greater rates of discovery and translation among OHNS basic science and clinical trainees. Critical to creating a multidisciplinary environment that fosters translational research is a training program that establishes a foundation for collaborative research; such a culture serves to prepare young investigators for a future where multidisciplinary approaches are often critical for success. The INORTAS program provides a framework which brings researchers from diverse departments together with the common goal of pursuing collaborative research relevant to overcoming diseases in otolaryngology.


Biodesign Fellowship

This programs enrolls physicians, engineers, and other professional to work in teams to learn the basics of biomedical technology invention and implementation through an intensive fellowship at Stanford. Multidisciplinary teams invent new technologies that address major clinical and surgical needs. In the past years Biodesign Innovation teams have filed multiple patents, introduced new technologies into clinical practice, started new companies and won major technology development awards.


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