What’s new in the otolaryngology field?
Ever wonder if you’re missing out on something? We have gathered a few recent stories that illustrate trends we have written about in past months. They document progress toward shrinking the gender wage gap, ways Instagram helps match medical students to residency programs and new roles for physician assistants.
Here’s your chance to catch up.
Physician assistants (PAs) are proving their worth in otolaryngology as retirement and burnout continue to claim large numbers of seasoned otolaryngologists each year.
The physician assistant designation came about in the 1960s to support primary care doctors, but it has become a mainstay in a range of specialties, including otolaryngology.
Could a game modeled after the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance?” be effective in teaching otolaryngologist residents?
The medical field has used elements of games in its educational platforms for a decade, and otolaryngology education programs are among those testing the water. There has been little study, however, of the use of gamification.
The otolaryngology field has seen improvement in gender wage disparities in the past few years after previously sporting the biggest pay gap between men and women doctors, according to a recent report.
Based on 2020 data, women otolaryngologists earned 77.9 percent of men’s salaries, according to the 2020 Physician Compensation Report by Doximity and Curative, scoring the largest gender wage gap of all medical specialties.
For years there has been a rite of passage for otolaryngologists and other medical students that matches them with a residency program.
Now there’s Instagram to help.
One ENT physician, Dr. Inna Husain, created a Tik Tok video on throat clearing and why it isn’t good for you that went viral with more than 5 million views. She then decided to use it as a platform for teaching good laryngeal health and to draw attention to the specialty.
Dr. Steven Gold, an otolaryngology–head and neck surgeon with ENT and Allergy Associates in Hackensack, New Jersey, has created ear wax removal videos on Tik Tok, under the name “Dr. Booger,” that have attracted more than 1 million followers and 12 million likes, and he has an Instagram account with more than 71,000 followers.
Imagine the public speaking, podcasting and media expert possibilities.