OTOSource and COCLIA: Impact learning for resident education

September 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 8


Richard V. Smith, MD, AAO-HNSF Coordinator for Education

The goals of OTOSource and COCLIA are to provide residents, program directors, faculty, and practicing otolaryngologists a standard study guide with teaching tools to assist with board certification, recertification, and lifelong learning. Both online resources have a fully responsive web design, which allows seamless access across all platforms for learning “on the go” with the ability to quickly search by topic, access to references, relevant education activities, and surgical video procedures.

I recently had the opportunity to connect with Sarah N. Bowe, MD, who completed her fellowship in pediatrics last year. She is leading efforts at the Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, TX, to design a two-year rotating curriculum of topics utilizing COCLIA and OTOSource. As a member of the Comprehensive Curriculum Task Force and Work Group, I have been impressed with her initiative and energy to meld these education tools together for impact learning.

“While we are in the early stages of incorporating COCLIA and OTOSource, I look forward to seeing where this academic journey takes us. Our academic program is also in the process of merging with another program. While we are embarking on many changes, we are confident utilizing these resources while we combine our education plan will help our residents learn mastery in otolaryngology education,” said Dr. Bowe.