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Ben Middelkamp is a communications coordinator for Indiana University School of Medicine, where he supports Stark Neurosciences Research Institute and the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. Before joining the Office of Strategic Communications in December 2019, Ben spent nearly six years as a newspaper reporter in two Indiana cities. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Convergent Journalism from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2014, Ben enjoys translating his background in journalism to the communications and marketing needs of the school and its physicians and researchers.
The Department of Otolaryngology has a longstanding history of its residents placing into nationally recognized fellowship programs and hospitals. Most residents—about 60%—enter fellowship programs. The rest go straight to work in hospitals and private practices. And about half of the residents practice academic medicine.
Shortly into the pandemic, Hande Karahan, PhD, and Nancy Carpenter, the donor of a fellowship that supported Karahan’s research a year prior, decided to reconnect.
They could only meet outside, several feet apart, and spent their time together on long walks, hiking in local parks and visiting with horses. Those walks and talks in nature have since led to a strong friendship, a connection both say has changed their lives for the better.
The Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine has grown significantly over the past three years with the addition of 14 new physicians and scientists, nearly doubling the number of department faculty since 2019.
Vijay Ramakrishnan, MD, professor of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery, is the newest faculty member to join the department.
Matthew Partain, MD, Philip Rosen, MD, and Lauren Sowa, MD, joined the department this past fall—all as assistant professors of clinical otolaryngology—head and neck surgery. The pediatric otolaryngology physicians offer clinical care to children and their families at Riley Hospital for Children in downtown Indianapolis as well as at IU Health North in Carmel.
The department’s fellowships are designed to prepare trainees for a career in academic medicine. Outside of clinical duties at multiple IU Health locations across Indianapolis, a strong emphasis is placed on research as well as each fellow’s role as a future educator.
Experts in otolaryngology, audiology, speech-language, medical genetics, pediatric psychology, developmental pediatrics, education, and a parent advocate meet once a month with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, addressing the necessary care and support services for each patient and their families.
With the COVID-19 pandemic halting in-person interviews, this year’s residency season was unlike any other. However, the four newly matched medical students say the tight-knit and supportive environment of the Department of Otolaryngology at IU School of Medicine stood out.
Faculty and residents in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine and scientists at Purdue University have collaborated on an ongoing study measuring the exposure risk of droplets and aerosols in the air during various otolaryngologic procedures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stark Neurosciences Research Institute recently formed three new research interest groups: ocular neurobiology, neurodevelopment and neuroimaging (in vivo). The more than 100 members of the institute—which include researchers from multiple departments at IU School of Medicine and IUPUI—can self-identify with one or more of the eight neuroscience-related research groups.