PICS Organization Name
Boston Children's Hospital
Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement
Genevieve Medina '18
The Mission of Boston Children’s hospital is to provide the highest quality health care, be the leading source of research and discovery, educate the next generation of leaders in child health and to enhance the health and well-being of the children and families in our local community. Boston Children’s is ranked in the top 4 of every evaluated specialty and is dedicated to innovative, compassionate and life-changing care for all children.
The Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement provides evaluative, diagnostic, and therapeutic care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with disorders of the head and neck. Such disorders involve the ears, nose and paranasal sinuses, throat, upper aerodigestive tract, and laryngotracheal airway, including a wide array of hearing, swallowing, voice and speech sensory impairments. Annually, the Department sees approximately 60,000 ambulatory patients and performs more than 9,000 surgical procedures.
In addition, the Department is responsible for a very large inpatient service coordinated by four pediatric otolaryngology fellows, three otolaryngology residents and two physician assistants under the governance of one attending surgeon (this "Chief of Service" position is a revolving weekly assignment divided equally among the pediatric otolaryngology faculty).
The composition of the Department includes 17 otolaryngologists, 30 audiologists, 29 speech-language pathologists, 8 nurses, nurse practitioner, 15 physician assistants, 4 clinical assistants and 74 administrative staff. Within the Department are several programs providing problem-specific multidiscipline care. These programs include the Center for Airway Disorders, the Center for Head, neck and Skull Base Tumors, the Cochlear Implant Program, the Voice and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program, and the recently opened Balance and Vestibular Disorders Program. Under the auspices of the Communication Enhancement Division are several additional programs including Diagnostic and Habilitative Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology which includes feeding rehabilitation services, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, and the Augmentative Communication Program.
Department members also play an integral role in several other BCH centers and programs including the Advanced Fetal Care Center, the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders, the Cleft Lip and Palate Program, the Craniofacial Program, the Vascular Anomalies Center, and the Node Assessment Program.
Both basic science and clinical research have been targeted as departmental areas of growth. Two basic scientists work with us in conjunction with the F.M. Kirby Center and Program in Neurobiology. Cellular and molecular mechanisms of inner ear hearing loss and balance dysfunction are the investigative focuses of the Department's basic science research group. Clinical research projects span a wide variety of topics.
Training the next generation of pediatric otolaryngologists is also a major priority of the Department. The Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program began in 1978; the current program enlists four fellows and is the largest ACGME accredited program in the country. The Department also provides pediatric otolaryngology exposure for residents from the Harvard, Tufts, Boston University, and Republic of Ireland otolaryngology residency programs, in addition to medical students from the Harvard Medical School. The Department also frequently hosts visiting physicians, fellows and medical students from around the world.
The student will be assigned a specific project, in addition to being exposed to the day to day management of a large pediatric otolaryngology surgical group practice. Princeton undergraduate projects in years past have resulted in published manuscripts and chapters as well as editorial credit for an otolaryngology review textbook. The student will participate on inpatient hospital rounds, witness operative procedures, attend educational conferences, and join attending physician staff in seeing patients in outpatient office sessions. He/she will obtain a general fund of knowledge regarding pediatric health care and the overall practice of medicine.
An interest in medicine (ideally surgery) and a strong work ethic.
Expected Start Time
Mutually agreed upon time by supervisor and intern
Expected End Time
Mutually agreed upon time by supervisor and intern
Meets Certificate Requirement
Yes, Global Health Policy
Employment with Boston Children's is contingent upon a satisfactory reference check, a comprehensive background, completion of a pre-employment health screening assessment with Occupational Health Services which will include required immunizations.
Minimal preparation work is required; such will be solely up to the intern depending on his or her interests
My research project was personally gratifying, and I believe it will provide assertive data and conclusions that will guide clinical practice in a very meaningful way.
—Genevieve Medina '18