Participation in the department's abundant clinical and basic science research opportunities are encouraged throughout the residency program. The PGY-4 year is the most concentrated research period, during which residents are protected from daily clinical responsibilities so that they may undertake an extensive research rotation. Each resident is guaranteed a one-year timeline in order to prepare for their research rotation, identify a project and mentors, prepare background information, and create a research proposal.
Emory University and its surrounding institutions offer a variety of resources that can assist each resident in achieving their research goals. The close proximity and collaborative strategies of such organizations as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Cancer Society, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Winship Cancer Institute, and the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory can provide additional options for research projects.
Topics of resident research include gap junctions in nasal polyps, MRSA neck infections, head and neck oncologic microarrays, inner ear connexin and its role in hearing loss, inflammatory mediators of tracheal stenosis, bacterial biofilms in sinusitis, laryngeal reanimation, and rejuvenation of the aged and radiated vocal fold.