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Letters to the Editor
December 2003

Research Training in Otolaryngology: Is It Time to Refocus Our Efforts?—Reply

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003;129(12):1350-1351. doi:10.1001/archotol.129.12.1349

In reply

We certainly agree with Dr Gillespie that the crisis facing research training in otolaryngology involves both basic and clinical research venues, which we acknowledged in our recommendations for long-range planning.1

Dr Gillespie correctly identifies a number of issues that may help in the future development of the clinical investigator, including the fact that clinical research skills can be acquired earlier in residency and still be useful many years after completion of clinical training. This differs somewhat from the acquisition of basic research skills, which rely heavily on cutting-edge technologic advances and become as quickly outdated and inadequate in a competitive funding environment. We also recognize the benefit of government efforts to increase the attractiveness of long research training periods with increases in trainee stipends and the loan repayment program.