A message from Dr. Parnes, CME and Alumni Liaison

On behalf of the Department, as the new Continuing Medical Education and Alumni Liaison Director, I hope you enjoy our first department e-newsletter. You will note messages from our new Chair/Chief Kevin Fung, Resident Alumnus’02, along updates on research, competency-based medical education, the annual boot camp and more. We have some special stories on current residents and recent graduates. I am very proud of our Alumni Update section after a terrific response to our call for stories and pictures.

Our Postgraduate Residency Program has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1966. When I graduated in 1985, we had a first rate clinical and teaching program, but we were sorely lacking in bench and translational research. We have gradually evolved into an all-round powerhouse, first through the 13-year leadership of Howard Lampe, Resident Alumnus ('83), and most recently under the 11-year leadership of John Yoo. We thank them dearly for their commitment and vision.

I hope to see many of you at this year’s Residents Research Day. I think it is safe to say that it remains the favorite workday for everyone in the Department. We have a great lineup of presentations punctuated by our visiting speakers Tina Stancovic from Boston and Shamir Chandarana, Resident Alumnus’08, from Calgary. Finally, on a more personal note, it is hard to believe that I am now the most senior member of the group. I am so very proud of who we are and what we do. It has been a tremendous privilege for me to be part of this family for 37 years.

Dr. Lorne Parnes, Resident Alumnus ('85)
Professor - Site Chief University Hospital, Division Chief Otology/Neurotology