The UAMS Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery celebrated the end of another successful academic year with a guest lecture, presentations, and awards at the annual Resident Research and Alumni Conference, June 14.
Albert Merati, M.D., professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle was the J. Floyd Kyser, M.D.,
Distinguished Guest Lecturer. He spoke to faculty, residents and other healthcare professionals on “What are the big questions facing Otolaryngology over the next 10 years?” and “Reflux: Are we in the post-PPI era?”
Merati and the faculty reviewed the residents’ research presentations, recognizing two residents for the quality of their work. Don Vickers, M.D., was awarded Highest Excellence in Research and Quinn Dunlap, M.D., was awarded Excellence in Research. Tyler Merrill, M.D., and Cody Page, M.D., received awards for receiving the highest In-Service Exam score.
Don Vickers, M.D., received the Charles M. Bower, M.D., Outstanding Resident in Pediatric Otolaryngology Award.
Over 120 faculty, staff, family and friends celebrated the graduation of three chief residents and two fellows June 14 at the Chenal Country Club. During the dinner, the department honored graduating chief residents Michael Kubala, M.D., Luke Small, M.D., and Cory Vaughn, M.D., together with the graduating Arkansas Children’s fellow, Suzanne Smart, M.D., and the otology fellow, Josh Jervis-Bardy, M.D., Ph.D.
The following individuals were recognized by the residents during the banquet:
- Mauricio Moreno, M.D., received the Dean’s Teaching Award for outstanding contributions to the education of otolaryngology residents.
- Samantha Rose, a nurse with the Head and Neck Oncology clinic received the Service Award for outstanding service to the otolaryngology residents, helping make their work and lives less complicated and more enjoyable.