Letter From the Chair
December 2, 2014
Since I became Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School less than a year ago, I have been in awe of my new colleagues here in Boston. Despite the size and geographic diversity of the hospitals and programs that make up the HMS Department of Otolaryngology, this is an exceptionally close-knit community of faculty, staff and trainees. Their dedication, professionalism and commitment to mentorship in our specialty inspire me on a daily basis.
Our residency program offers a unique educational experience that provides exposure to all facets of otolaryngology. We offer full-time faculty in every subspecialty. Aided by valuable resources, such as our new state-of-the-art otolaryngology surgical training laboratory, our faculty work together to provide trainees with a strong, broad foundation in the field.
Residents are introduced to five hospitals during their clinical training: Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a dedicated ophthalmology and otolaryngology specialty hospital; Boston Children’s Hospital, the nation’s largest pediatric hospital; and three large tertiary care centers—Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. This unique opportunity allows our residents to see how care is delivered in a variety of hospital systems, exposing them to many different approaches and niche areas of expertise.
It’s also worth noting that we are strongly committed to research and scholarship. Our location in the city of Boston, often referred to as the “medical epicenter,” places us right in the middle of a large community of innovators in science and medicine, of which our faculty and trainees play a leading role. As such, we emphasize the integration of scientific discovery and clinical care to achieve progress in our field. Six months of our residency curriculum is dedicated solely to research, but research progress is continuous throughout the residency.
In addition to our residency program, under the guidance of residency director Stacey T. Gray, M.D., the Department honors its commitment to medical education in otolaryngology at all levels, offering clinical and research fellowships, post-doctoral training, medical education and sub-internships.
We’re grateful for our relationships with alumni of our training programs. Though many are now scattered across the country and the world, we are always excited to hear about how they are advancing in their careers. With every graduation, we celebrate our collaborative efforts in training future leaders in the field of otolaryngology and medicine. It’s a tradition we’re very proud of.
Thank you for your interest in our educational programs in otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School.
D. Bradley Welling, M.D., Ph.D., FACS
Walter Augustus LeCompte Professor and Chair of Otology and Laryngology
Harvard Medical School
Chief of Otolaryngology
Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Massachusetts General Hospital
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