OHRC Education and Training

Ed Everts Medical Student Fellowship

Ed Everts Medical Student Fellowship in Otolaryngology and Auditory/Vestibular Neuroscience at the Oregon Health & Science University

The Department of Otolaryngology at the OHSU is offering a 3-month summer research internship open to medical students starting summer of 2016, with a stipend of ~$5000.  Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will work with a faculty member to conduct a research project with the aim of a published article, a (inter)national conference presentation, or both. Research projects currently in progress accepting student research interns include:

Cochlear blood flow and mechanisms of sound-induced oxidative damage to the cochlea

Cochlear implants and hearing aids

Psychophysical studies of plasticity, learning, and optimization of cochlear implants and hearing aids. Animal studies of residual hearing preservation with cochlear implantation. For more information, contact .

Influence of audition on balance           

Vision, proprioception, and vestibular inputs are considered to be the three critical contributors to maintaining balance.  By comparison, spatial auditory inputs have been relatively ignored.  A current study, performed in collaboration with pediatric otolaryngologist Carol MacArthur, examines how conductive hearing loss in children with otitis media affects their balance.  For more information, contact .

Otoacoustic emissions

Electrophysiological examination of cochlear mechanics and oto-accoustic emissions. For more information, contact .

Pathophysiology of cochlear microcirculation

Quality of life and outcomes in Otolaryngology

Applicants will be informed by May 1st, 2016 regarding their applications.

NEUS 639: Topics in the Auditory System !NEW CLASS!

Winter Quarter (Jan 5-Mar 17)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3pm
RJH 5501
2 credits

The course will provide a broad overview of the auditory system from peripheral to central function, and from basic science to clinical applications. The focus will be on emerging (clinically relevant and fundable) topics in the auditory system and associated disorders.

Each week will focus on a specific topic and be led by 1-2 faculty experts. Lectures will alternate with student-led journal paper discussions. At the end of the term, each student will be paired with a faculty member and assigned a topic for a critical essay. See class flyer and course syllabus.

For more information, please contact the course directors,  and or the course administrator,.

Post and Predoctoral programs

Post-doctoral PhD researchers are the lifeblood of most basic science laboratories; they are essential for the conduct of science at the highest possible intellectual and technical level. Many otolaryngology departments have recruited outstanding basic scientists to tenure-track positions. Having a strong pool of well-trained postdoctoral fellows is essential to meeting all of these goals. 

Like pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral PhDs face a gap in funding after they arrive at a laboratory, and before they can be submitted by an individual NSRA fellowship. As part of our training grant,our Otolaryngology Training Grant funds one post-doctoral candidate per year to help them with this transition. 

For more information about our post-doctoral training opportunities, please contact the individual laboratory or Janice Moore at moorjani@ohsu.edu

Predoctoral training: The department of Otolaryngology offers predoctoral training leading to the PhD degree through the Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP). Students can get training in the hearing sciences in any of the basic science laboratories of the OHRC. Graduate students belong to the NGP, although students may come from other degree granting departments or programs.

Prospective students apply directly to the NGP, not to individual laboratories. In the first year of their training in the NGP, pre-doctoral PhD candidates are involved in course work and are fully supported by the program. at the end of the first year, candidates join a laboratory where they will carry out their PhD research. Because the NGP's qualifying exam includes preparation of a NIG individual fellowship-stype proposal (NRSA) of their thesis research, NGP students will be well-prepared for submission of a pre-doctoral NRSA, which could provide funding by the third or fourth year.

For more information about our pre-doctoral training opportunities , please contact the former Director of the Neuroscience Graduate program, Dr. Peter Barr-Gillespie (gillespp@ohsu.edu)