Research is an integral part of a Loyola ENT residency. Residents benefit from the experience and knowledge of attending physicians, who have conducted both basic science and clinical research, and published hundreds of articles in prestigious academic journals.
Access to laboratory resources
Our residents gain hands-on experience in a number of laboratories available at Loyola. The Cranial Base/Facial Lab is one of two labs located in the ENT department, and provides residents with individual workstations stocked with appropriate equipment and instruments.
Loyola's ENT residents also have access to the facilities at the Stritch School of Medicine (on campus), including the Center for Simulation Education, which is a comprehensive performance assessment facility that provides residents an opportunity to develop and demonstrate proficiency in clinical skills. It includes the Virtual Operating Room with an anesthesia delivery system, and a Cadaveric Education Lab for dissection and skills training using cadaveric or animal tissues.
Residents also may use the Advanced Procedure Education Center and its state-of-the-art resources, such as the endoscopic training simulators.
Finally, the department has a laboratory and dedicated research scientist available at the Edward Hines, Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital (adjacent to LUHS campus). There, residents may work as part of an attending’s project, and are encouraged to begin their own.
ENT resident research opportunities
All ENT residents who have an interest are encouraged to participate in research projects beyond their minimum program requirements.
When research projects are accepted for presentation at national meetings, any resident who is a named participant is invited to attend the conference, at the department’s expense.
Both residents and attendings attend monthly meetings of the Chicago Larynglogical and Otological Society, the oldest such society in the United States. Selected residents also participate in its annual Lederer-Pierce Resident Research Competition, which has been won by a Loyola resident several times.
Peter J. Girgis Resident Research Competition
Clinical and basic science research is encouraged with the Annual Peter J. Girgis Resident Research Competition, conducted by the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Loyola. The competition honors the brother of Dr. Sam Girgis, former Loyola resident.