Divisions >> Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery >> Otolaryngology Surgery Update e-newsletter >> September 2014 Issue >> Research Spotlight
Every year our PGY-3 Otolaryngology residents have a three-month research rotation during which time they partner with a faculty mentor on a project of interest to them. Our current PGY-3s include Drs. Kenneth Lewoczko and Ian Koszewski.
Dr. Lewoczko has gained institutional review board-approved access to the UW Head and Neck Cancer Database in order to investigate patients with carcinoma involving the buccal space of the oral cavity. Cancer at this site, which often presents with more advance disease, is associated with a worse prognosis than cancer at other sites in the oral cavity.
For this project Dr. Lewoczko is working with Dr. Greg Hartig to describe the initial diagnosis, symptoms and findings of buccal space involvement with oral cavity cancer. Their goal is to allow earlier identification of buccal space involvement and improve disease-specific survival for patients with head and neck cancer involving the oral cavity.
Dr. Ian Koszewski will evaluate a new patient treatment paradigm — a virtual medical encounter — as it has been applied to the evaluation and treatment of patients with acute sinusitis. Electronic visits (e-visits) are increasingly popular among patients who find them to be convenient. However, the safety and efficacy of e-visits has yet to be fully described.
Working Dr. Tom Pasic, Dr. Koszewski will assess the early use of e-visits at UW Health for patients with possible acute sinusitis with respect to diagnosis and appropriateness of antibiotic use in comparison with published treatment guidelines. The team will also conduct a follow-up prospective study comparing the accuracy of e-visits with traditional face-to-face clinical evaluation.
Here is a list of our current PGY-4s and PGY-5s and the research presentations they gave at the June 20, 2014, Resident Research Forum: