Residency Program Expansion

Dr. Gregory Kelts is presented with an appreciation award by Dr. Dan Sharbel (PGY 3) during the graduation ceremony.*

In keeping with our commitment to provide our residents with the best possible training, the residency program at the Medical College of Georgia is always looking for opportunities to expand and strengthen our educational experience. Recent examples include increasing from one month to six weeks our Facial Plastics rotation working with Dr. Achih Chen at the Georgia Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, sending residents to work with Dr. Bill Moretz, Jr. at the Southern Otologic Clinic, creating a formal 2-week Allergy and Immunology rotation with Dr. Kathleen May, reinstituting the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery rotation for our PGY- 4’s, and adding a 2-week block for our PGY-2 residents to work with Neuroradiology and Speech/Audiology staff. All of these innovations have been well-received by the residents who appreciate the time to more thoroughly engage with the associated specialties. This past academic year, we also added an entirely new training site – the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at nearby Fort Gordon. Partnering with Dr. Gregory Kelts, MAJ MC, we have greatly expanded our facial plastic and reconstructive experience, with residents actively assisting in or performing a plethora of cosmetic, functional and reconstructive cases. Dr. Kelts, who also holds a Master’s in Education, is an outstanding teacher and has been an incredible addition to the team. We want to thank him and ALL of our volunteer faculty for allowing us to extend our resident experience beyond our specialty and beyond the walls of our hospital!

2019 Porubsky Symposium and Resident Graduation

C. Gaelyn Garrett

Bernard Durante

We had a wonderful turnout for the 17th Annual Porubsky Symposium and Alumni event. Guests from Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as several Residency Program Alumni enjoyed some great CME lectures and resident research presentations.

Dr. C. Gaelyn Garrett provided two excellent Keynote lectures and our Residency Alumnus, Dr. Bernard Durante, and Fellowship Alumna, Dr. Ashli O’Rourke both inspired the audience with discussions of innovative technologies and techniques in our ever changing field.

Ashli O’Rourke

Chief residents Christopher Leto and Colin Fuller*

This was followed by a dominant performance by Dr. Garrett and her teammates, Drs. David Terris, Amy Blanchard and Arthur Torsiglieri, riding the “birdie-train” to victory in the Annual Porubsky Golf Tournament. The whole weekend was capped off in style with our resident and fellow graduation ceremony, where many laughs were had and all our graduates were congratulated and sent forth in good cheer. Overall, it was a fantastic event, and we hope more of our friends and alumni from neighboring states and all over the country will join us next year.

MCG-AU Resident of the Year

Luke Edelmayer

Luke Edelmayer (PGY3) was named the 2019 MCG Resident of the Year. Luke is only the second Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery resident to receive this honor.

Luke has made a significant impact in our department despite only being halfway through his training. What stands out most about Luke is his prodigious work ethic. He has a huge gamut of projects underway at all times, but miraculously, finds a way to balance it all and keep everything moving forward to completion. He is performing well above the level expected at this point in his training. Luke has several manuscripts in progress and has had at least two accepted for publication since starting residency. He is also very active in quality improvement initiatives within our department. Last year he helped design and implement a feature in PowerChart that identifies patients with difficult airways in a large on-screen alert anytime a provider opens the chart. This is an innovation that could legitimately save patient lives and could potentially be added to Cerner PowerChart packages used throughout the country. He is currently working on a design for a cheap and reliable adaptor to connect an incentive spirometer to a tracheotomy, so our head/neck cancer patients can use them and prevent post-operative pulmonary complications.

(L to R): David Hess (Dean), Julian Nussbaum, ROY finalist, Walter Moore (GME), Luke Edelmayer, ROY finalist, ROY finalist, Gretchen Caughman (Provost), Brooks Keel (President)

Luke is also highly regarded by the medical students for his outstanding teaching efforts. He always receives high marks from them in  terms of the quality and volume of teaching he provides.

Impressively, Luke is equally as active and hard-working outside of the hospital and clinics. He has a growing family and is a dedicated and loving father and husband.

Finally, Luke also has wonderful musical talents, composing and performing songs for charity events around town, and his family regularly visits nursing homes to sing for the residents.

We are fortunate to have him as a member of our department and truly feel he is deserving of the title “Resident of the Year”.

Dean’s Summer Research Program

The Medical College of Georgia Medical Scholars Program offers the opportunity for medical students in good
academic standing to engage in research activities in close mentorship with faculty who are nationally and internationally
distinguished scientists, clinicians, and academic scholars. This year our department will host three students who will work
with two of our faculty to further develop their research skills. They are: Brittany Gill (Kountakis), Brock Parman (Kountakis)
and Arsh Momin (Carroll).

*Photos courtesy of David Russell Photography