The clinical investigator is becoming an endangered species in the field of otolaryngology and communicative disorders. There are many reasons for this, but one of the main reasons is poor exposure to experimental and clinical research during the residency program. The solution to this problem is primarily more exposure, better financing of research, and a correlation on a national basis of research facilities and capabilities.
The field of medicine is filled with joy and apprehension. Being trained to diagnose and treat diseases and obtaining good results is extremely satisfying. The longer one practices medicine, the more one is aware that one's knowledge and skills are inadequate to meet all the problems one encounters. It becomes apparent that there are entities for which we have no answers and poorly justifiable treatment.
Where are we to get the answers to our unknowns? Are we to depend on others for our answers or
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