Attitudes of Residents and Program Directors Towards Research in Otolaryngology Residency

Ahmed Mansi, Wade N. Karam, Mohamad R. Chaaban

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Objective: To determine attitudes of residents and program directors towards research during residency training. Study Design: Survey of current otolaryngology residents and program directors. Setting: Otolaryngology residency programs. Methods: An anonymous web-based survey ( was sent to 106 program directors (PDs) and 115 program coordinators. The program coordinators subsequently sent it to residents. Fisher exact tests and correlations were used to determine statistically significant differences. Results: Overall, 178 residents and 31 PDs responded to our surveys. All residents surveyed reported some research experience prior to residency. Residents who reported a previous first-author manuscript publication prior to residency were more likely than residents who had no previous first-author publication to report a first-author publication during residency (58.44% vs 27.27%, P <.0001); 33% of the residents reported academics as a desired future career setting after residency. The most significant barrier to research perceived by the residents was time constraint due to residency duties and personal commitments (93% and 74%, respectively). The second and third most common barriers to research were lack of statistical knowledge at 52% and lack of interest in research at 43.6%. Conclusions: Research is a required component of otolaryngology residency training. The most significant barrier in our survey was the lack of protected research time, followed by lack of biostatistical knowledge and interest. Program directors may need to implement structured research rotations tailored to individual residents’ research interests and integrate training in research methodology and biostatistics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-35
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • medical education
  • resident research
  • statistics
  • survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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