The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has brought unprecedented changes worldwide, with major, important consequences. I do not want to minimize these in any way. In fact, the pandemic was a reminder that obstructive sleep apnea does not have the same urgency as some other medical conditions, leading to a period of time where I was not taking care of patients in person. Training our residents and fellows is a meaningful and valuable part of what we do at academic medical centers, so the decrease in patient care did affect training experiences. I am including links to a lecture and discussion about drug-induced sleep endoscopy that were developed for residents in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery. They have a fair amount of medical English, but I have been impressed with the medical knowledge of many of you who find all sorts of information online and enjoy learning with medical websites, even if you are not in health care.
My department Chair, John S Oghalai, MD, looked at the problems faced by our and other otolaryngology – head and neck surgery training programs and decided to bring together faculty from numerous institutions for the Collaborative Multi-Institutional Otolaryngology Residency Education Program. As part of this Program, I gave a talk on drug-induced sleep endoscopy in obstructive sleep apnea.
In addition, I was contacted by the team at headmirror.com, a website for otolaryngology – head and neck surgery residents that has incredible educational content. Here is a link for a conversation about drug-induced sleep endoscopy that I had with Dr. John Marinelli, a resident in otorhinolaryngology/head and neck surgery at the Mayo Clinic.