I have been given the almost impossible task of assessing the status of research in otolaryngology residency programs across the country. How best to do this is elusive to me. However, three methods seem appropriate for the task. The first is to sample the philosophical opinions of program directors representing widely varied sized and geographically situated programs. The second is to review the pertinent results of the Society of University Ophthalmologists (SUO) survey, performed in 1981, regarding research and residency programs. The third is the presentation of an example of a program with a mandatory research rotation, specifically, that of the University of Washington, Seattle.
Prior to composing this article, I thought it best to sample the opinions of directors of representative otolaryngology training programs. What follows are excerpts from letters composed by seven program directors in response to the question, What roles do researchers play in their training programs
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