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College of Graduate Studies

Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences

MUSC's Short Term Research Training in Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences is a training program sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).  The program is designed for medical students and other health professional students whose research will be conducted in areas related to otolaryngology and communication sciences, including the NIDCD mission areas of hearing, balance, voice, speech, and language.  The Principal Investigator for this project is Dr. Judy R. Dubno, Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and director of MUSC's Hearing Research Program. 
Program Goals 
The goals of the program are: 

• To increase the number of well-trained basic and clinician scientists, and physician scientists, to conduct research in otolaryngology and communication health, which will increase the science knowledge base and improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders that decrease the lifespan and quality of life of men and women of all ages. 

• To provide mentored research opportunities in the disciplines related to otolaryngology and communication health, and the tools to become independent investigators and effective research team members whose work will increase understanding of mechanisms underlying these disorders and improve health outcomes.

• To attract talented and motivated medical students and other health professional students into careers in biomedical research in areas related to otolaryngology and communication health.

• To enhance interactions between research programs and clinical services, especially with regard to otolaryngology and communication health. 

Program Structure 
The program provides support for 10-12 weeks of structured training activities and a research project conducted in an active research environment under the guidance of an established investigator.  The program introduces students in the health professions to biomedical and behavioral research and to a wide array of scientific and clinical expertise, research approaches, and emerging technologies.  Research is focused on answering questions that underlie many of the most prevalent disorders affecting public health and quality of life.

Mentoring expertise, emerging technologies, and resources are thematically grouped in strategic areas of research:  (1) basic and clinical research in otolaryngology sciences and disorders, (2) basic and clinical research in communication sciences and disorders, (3) basic and clinical neurosciences related to otolaryngology and communication health, such as development, cognition, aging, and neurobiology, and (4) biostatistics and health services research.

Students in MUSC’s Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, and Health Professions are eligible to apply.  Students in Medical Schools throughout the United States and students enrolled in a professional graduate program (e.g., MD, AuD, PharmD, DMD) are eligible to apply.  Students enrolled in graduate or professional degree programs related to communication sciences, communication disorders, and rehabilitation sciences are also eligible (PhD, AuD, SLPD). 

Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above.  If the applicant’s school is on a pass/fail system, a letter from the Dean’s office must be provided certifying the student is in good standing and passing with a GPA of 3.0 or above.  Students with Ph.D. research degrees or extensive research experience are not eligible.  Students may participate in this program at any point in their course of study.  A student may not hold other university or outside employment during the period of the award.  The host sponsor/investigator must have adequate resources to support the proposed student project.  To comply with requirements of NIH’s National Research Service Award, applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the US, or must have been lawfully admitted to the US for permanent residence.

Awards and Other Benefits 
Students will be awarded a stipend of approximately $5,000 for 12 weeks.  Students will be enrolled in the summer course CGS-723:  Summer Health Professions Research Experiences and will receive 15 semester hours.  Tuition is waived for participants in this program.

The program is administered through the MUSC College of Graduate Studies, Suite 101 in the Bioengineering Building. 

Contact Information:
Judy R. Dubno, PhD
Principal Investigator
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

MUSC Graduate Studies
Stephanie Brown-Guion, MSM
Director, Summer Programs
Phone:  843-876-2408

Participating Faculty Members (pdf)
Summary of Research Interests of Participating Faculty (pdf) 

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