Research Symposium for Clinician Scientist Development

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July 25-27, 2024

Vanderbilt University Medical Center | Nashville, TN

3-day "boot camp style" annual conference assembling promising otolaryngology residents, fellows, and early career faculty for a host of lectures, workshops, and panels that focus on keys to research success. This conference is designed to motivate participants and provide them with the tools needed to achieve success in translational research. 

Conference Director and Principal Investigator: Justin H. Turner, MD, PhD


Registration is required on or before June 24, 2024. 


A select number of travel grants in the amount of $1,000.00 each are available to qualifying applicants. To submit your application for a travel grant and learn about the application requirements, please visit the application submission page

  • The Research Symposium for Clinician-Scientist Development in Otolaryngology and the Communication Sciences' goal is to provide  instruction, mentorship, and career development tools to aspiring and promising residents, fellows, and early career faculty in Otolaryngology, who may not otherwise receive the training, preparation, or mentorship to establish a successful clinician-scientist career. 

    This symposium is designed to address this important problem by providing high-quality training in research methodology and data analysis, career development tools, and opportunities for mentoring by successful clinician-scientists to participants who may not have access to such support at their own institutions.

    Additionally, this conference can also be used to supplement training of prospective attendees already undergoing mentorship and training at their own institutions in an effort to strengthen the network between trainees of all levels and resources across the country; pursing the shared goal of maintaining and diversifying the biomedical workforce in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Communication Sciences.

  • Course Director and Principal Investigator: Justin H. Turner, MD, PhD

    Program Committee Leader: Aaron Moberly, MD

    Invited Speakers

    Debara L. Tucci, MD, MS, MBA: Director, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

    Stacey Halum, MD, FACS: Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine

    Do-Yeon Cho, MD, MS: Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine

    Nicole C. Schmitt, MD, FACS: Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Emory University School of Medicine | Co-Director for Translational Research, Head and Neck Program | Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

    Joseph A. Califano, III, MD: Professor, Iris and Matthew Strauss Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Head and Neck Surgery | Director, Moores Cancer Center | Director, Hanna and Mark Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center

    Steven L. Goudy, MD, MBA: Professor of Otolaryngology, Emory University School of Medicine | Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

  • This educational investment is funded by NIH R13 DC021381 “Early Career Development of Clinician-scientists in Otolaryngology and the Communication Sciences”, enabling travel grants for qualified participants.

    The planning committee of the Research Symposium is committed to recruiting women and underrepresented minority trainees
    to participate as both faculty and attendees.

    This symposium will provide childcare at no cost for our participants. Vanderbilt maintains several partnerships with sitting and
    nanny services for faculty and staff in need of sitting services. Meeting attendees will have the option of requesting childcare
    services during the registration process and arrangements will be made on their behalf.

  • Please note that all necessary software for the course will be provided to participants at no cost. 







    Registration is required on or before June 24, 2024. Please note that registration is free of cost, but will require the following information:

    • Educational background
    • Institution/program of study
    • Research interests
    • Research opportunities available at your institution
    • Demographics

    Registrations requesting on-site childcare are required by May 24, 2024. 

    Applications for travel grants are required by May 24, 2024. To submit an application, please visit the application submission webpage.