A Day in the Life of an ENT Resident

Endoscopy Insights Podcast

A Day in the Life of an ENT Resident

"One of the things that was probably the most valuable thing that we were able to garner from a single-use experience was that we were able to only have to really scope a patient one time."

Dr. Wesley Stepp is a resident at the University of North Carolina’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. UNC is a national leader in training the next generation of ear, nose and throat surgeons and Dr. Stepp brings an interesting perspective to this kind of work.

Not just because his first exposure to otolaryngology was having sinus surgery in his teens, which proved life changing and set him on his eventual academic and professional course. But also because in his work today as a senior resident, he’s seen firsthand how single-use endoscopy technology has impacted his practice in several ways — from workflow and efficiency to information sharing and medical decision making to patient education.

We talked about all this and more with Dr. Stepp, who graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 2019 and who will take his practice to the military soon. Dr. Stepp is an Ambu consultant.

Show notes:


Endoscopy Insights is a podcast devoted to conversations with thought leaders in flexible and single-use endoscopy. In each episode we’ll explore the ways different clinical and technological innovations are moving the field of endoscopy forward.       

Endoscopy Insights is brought to you by Single-Use Endoscopy, part of the Ambu Learning Center. Ambu has been bringing healthcare solutions of the future to life since 1937.

Subscribe to the Endoscopy Insights Podcast


Click here to view all episodes

More Endoscopy Insights Episdoes
The State of Bladder Cancer Awareness and Research
Endoscopy Insights Podcast
Bladder cancer is the sixth most common cancer diagnosed annually in the U.S., according to the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Yair Lotan joins us again to discuss the state of bladder cancer awareness and research.
The FDA’s Safety Communication Update for Reprocessing Bronchoscopes
Endoscopy Insights Podcast
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently updated a safety communication on reprocessing flexible bronchoscopes. To break down this announcement and what it means, we talked to Dr. Hudson Garrett, an infection prevention and control expert.
The Evolution of Single-Use Urologic Endoscopy
Endoscopy Insights Podcast
Dr. Michael Lipkin discusses a recent study that found that a new single-use cystoscope demonstrated superior flexion and comparable optics to the reusable scopes already being used in a hospital urology department.
More From Single-Use Endoscopy
Study: BAL samples that reveal high fungal and bacterial loads in COVID patients with ARDS are indicators of poor outcomes.

Patient Safety

A study, out of Amsterdam, was designed to assess the relationship between lung microbiota and clinical outcomes of COVID-19-related ARDS.

SARS-CoV-2 has played viral muse when it comes to publication of otolaryngology articles.

Public Health

The global pandemic has boosted the volume, citations and attention for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19-related otolaryngology journal articles.

Experts: ‘How Do We Prove Clean is Clean?’

Prevention Strategies

The only agreed-upon endoscope reprocessing standard, experts note, is to follow the manufacturers’ instructions for use — but those IFUs can contain hundreds of steps and can be impossible for staffers to follow down to the letter.