Lighting the path to career development of physician-scientists

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Physician-scientists are physicians who devote a consistent portion of their professional effort toward research to learn more about health, disease, or the optimization of patient care. The Physician-Scientist Training Program at Washington University’s Department of Otolaryngology has offered this specialized training for over 40 years. Learning the ins and outs of scientific pursuit adds a […]

Clinician-scientist trainees get a name change

The 2023 cohort of clinician-scientist trainees in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University will have a new name. Formerly known as T32 residents, they will now carry the designation – R25. The change reflects a new funding mechanism adopted by the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) that will provide a […]

Q&A with Chief Resident Carla Valenzuela

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Carla Valenzuela, MD, MSCI, is another of our accomplished chief residents. A physician-scientist trainee, she spent two years exploring a number of clinical and basic research topics and is the recipient of The Holt Leadership Award for Residents and Fellows-in-Training offered by the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. What attracted you […]

Physician-scientist trainees say choice of mentor is most important

Two of the five otolaryngology residents who match each year at Washington University are selected into an NIH-funded physician-scientist training program. As they launch into what is called the T32 Physician-Scientist Training Program, choosing a mentor is perhaps the most important decision they make. Although a trainee advisory panel assists each resident in choosing a […]

Residency program team meets COVID challenges head on

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The residency program team is in full action these days, preparing to engage and convince prospective applicants that our residency is the best place to be.  Those preparations include special activities never considered in  prior years, including video productions to share special aspects of the program and preparations to conduct all interviews online via Zoom. […]

Why our new residents are excited to train at WashU

Welcome to our new trainees, a highly accomplished group coming from hometowns and institutions across the country. Each of them shared why they are thrilled to train at Washington University’s Department of Otolaryngology. “I chose Washington University for its unparalleled breadth and depth of surgical training, remarkable research opportunities, and genuine resident and faculty camaraderie. […]

New Research Scholars

Seven new aspiring clinician scientists have recently joined the ranks of research scholars in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, including T32 and TL1 predoctoral and T32 postdoctoral scholars: T32 Postdoctoral Scholars Nneoma Wamkpah, MDResidentWashington University in St. LouisMentor: Randal Paniello, MD     Ben Wahle, MDResidentWashington University in St. LouisMentor: Jose Zevallos, MD […]

What I did with my T32

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The Washington University Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery is one of only eight otolaryngology training programs in the U.S. to offer the T32 grant for interdisciplinary research training in otolaryngology. Supported by the National Institutes of Health, the T32 grant provides select individuals with funding to pursue two years of dedicated research training in […]