In Otolaryngology, we focus on comprehensive quality improvement to provide the best care for your patients. We also provide an intensive 11-month advanced physician assistant training program, which provides a solid foundation in the diagnosis and management of conditions common to the ear, nose and throat, as well as the outpatient, inpatient and surgical management.
Quality improvement initiatives
Clinical microsystem improvement projects
Our main projects include two clinical microsystem improvement projects, done in conjunction with the microsystem group at The Dartmouth Institute, focused on ambulatory care for the rhinology and otology practices, as well as a clinical care pathway project for head and neck cancer patients.
In addition, the microsystem projects have been augmented by our recent involvement with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Value Institute. The overall goal is to provide every member of the Section with the tools they need to either lead or participate in quality improvement projects. This initiative has been met with enthusiasm and a great deal of success.
Department of Surgery Care Path Award
We are quite proud to have been the recipients of the Department of Surgery Care Path Award. We believe that this focus on continuous quality improvement will serve us well as we make the transition from fee-for-service medicine to the capitated payment schemes of accountable care organizations, allowing us to continue to thrive and provide the best care at the right time, every time.
New practice manager
We recently welcomed a critical new component of the section's leadership structure with the addition of Raquel Chase-Kelly as our practice manager. Raquel joins us with a wealth of specialty-specific leadership experience and has very quickly made a positive impact on the day-to-day operations within the Section.
Our Otolaryngology Surgical Physician Assistant Post-Graduate Residency provides residents with exposure to head and neck surgery, general and pediatric otolaryngology, as well as otology and neuro-otology for the evaluation and management of hearing and balance disorders.