The department is proud to announce that on July 1, 2017, our residents began rotating in Kearney Nebraska. The rotation is a rural rotation with three busy board-certified Otolaryngologists. This rotation offers our residents a unique opportunity to experience practice in a non-academic hospital and the invaluable experience of witnessing how private practices can be successful. These two aspects of the rotation are not provided in their current rotations. Their experience is limited to the academic model at Nebraska Medicine, and their current understanding of an Otolaryngologic practice is of one that includes representation in all of the sub-specialties in Otolaryngology including Neuro-otology, Laryngology, Facial Plastics, Rhinology, Pediatrics, and Head and Neck Surgery. Over 50% of graduating otolaryngology residents in the U.S. will go into general practice often in a private practice setting, therefore the opportunity to see how such a practice runs is a crucial part of their training that was missing until now. Rural community Otolaryngologists often have very broad practices and are often asked to tackle problematic patients without the support and resources of a large academic institution; this is the case with the three Otolaryngologists in Kearney. We believe the rotation with this group will aid in teaching the residents these important skills.
Kearney Nebraska is located in central Nebraska, approximately 181 miles from Omaha. In the fall of 2016 Program Director, Dr. Sam Pate, Associate Program Director, Dr. Christie Barnes and Program Coordinator, Vanessa Larson had the pleasure of visiting Kearney, Nebraska. They saw first hand where the residents will live and work. They found the staff and hospital administration to be welcoming, kind and supportive of this prospect.
Also, we expect by working with these busy private practice individuals that they will increase their KIP numbers in all areas, especially endocrine, facial trauma, head and neck and Rhinology. Their experience will be very hands-on in both clinical evaluation, decision-making, and primary surgical skill improvement. We also plan to pursue rural outcomes research as part of this rotation.
Matt Johnson, M.D. ENT Physicians of Kearney
Site Director Left to Right: Drs. David Owen, Johnson, Thomas Connely