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NIH-funded T32 Research Program

Impact of the T32 program

Our program’s mission is to train and develop physicians who will advance the field of otolaryngology  ̶  head and neck surgery and serve as its future innovators and leaders. Our vision for residency training is to engage our residents in a culture of lifelong dedication to discovery and leadership. These aims apply to all of our residents, and we emphasize that residents who are selected for the 2-year NIH-funded T32 experience are not the only ones expected to become leaders in our field. Since the inception of the program in 1992, we have seen similar success rates for placing our trainees in academic positions between those who have had the T32 experience and those who have not.

As a residency program and department, we gave careful thought to our single match number for our resident applicants, which gives the first year resident class the choice to decide the two residents who will have the opportunity to pursue two years of research training. Our rationale is that it contributes to our resident cohesiveness in creating a sense of one family, combined with the success we have had in training academic otolaryngologists. 

Engaging Resident Investigators

Starting soon after Match Day, residents will find themselves involved in our program. Our goal is for the first year class to be well informed and engaged in a discussion among themselves, guided by program leadership. Ultimately, we aim to identify those who will benefit the most from the T32 training while continuing to hold all residents to a high standard of academic achievement.

Highlights

  • During orientation in June, each incoming resident meets with Drs. Carey, Fuchs and Hillel to discuss their research interests and begin a conversation about potential mentors to engage.
  • Each fall, an informal dinner with program leadership offers you and your fellow residents a chance to learn about research opportunities your colleagues have pursued.
  • Lastly, in the winter of intern year there is a resident research fair for first-year residents where PIs in our department give a short presentation on their research efforts.
  • Research opportunities may be in basic or translational science, outcomes research, patient safety and quality improvement, public health or any other qualified topic with excellent, well-supported mentoring.

Choosing Mentors

Those residents selected for the two research positions may choose their mentors from among the basic scientists and clinician scientists within the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins.

We recognize the strength of research mentors throughout Johns Hopkins, and allow residents to choose any of the outstanding researchers in other departments and schools of the Johns Hopkins University or from among our faculty with co-appointments at the NIH as mentors. If the primary mentor is from outside our department, we ask that the resident investigator also pick a faculty member within the department to serve as a secondary mentor.

Timeline for Research Decision

  1. June before start of intern year: Incoming first year residents meet with the T32 director, director of research and program director.
  2. April 30 of intern year: First-year class informs T32 director and PD which residents will pursue each track. Two residents enter the 2-year, NIH-funded T32 experience.
  3. Oct 30 of second year: Residents inform T32 director and PD of research mentors and projects.
  4. Nov 15 of the second year: Opportunity to apply for an NIH Loan Repayment Program Grant.
  5. Dec 15 of second year: Opportunity to submit CORE Resident Research Grant Letter of Intent.
  6. Jan 15 of second year: CORE Resident Research Grant due.
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