On the fun side, we began a regular column highlighting the really neat things otolaryngologists do in their free time. Titled “Surgeons After 7” (for our experienced colleagues who have moved on to second careers or have fun hobbies) and “Surgeons Before 7” (for our residents who did cool things before they became busy, not-so-cool residents), these features have become some of our most popular and downloaded articles.
Explore this issue:December 2018
Not everything we published was timely or effective. The “Crisis in Otolaryngology Match” may have missed its mark, as 2018 has seen a massive rebound in applicant numbers that are matching the 2015–2016 peak stats. Hopefully, the numbers keep trending in the positive direction. All in all, I think the year was a success for the journal and, like the radio countdown, the year was filled with hits.
As this is my last column for the year, I would be remiss to not mention the team that has worked so hard this year to make this all happen. Thank you to our wonderful editorial board, the Triological Society and publishing consultant Kathey Alexander, my deputy editors Ron Kuppersmith and Mike Johns, and to Wiley and my editorial partner in crime Samara Kuehne for the countless hours that have been donated to this publication. I also want to give a shout out to my department at KU, many of whom (Dana Reinert, Jen Villwock) have been instrumental in editing and serving as a sounding board to my often “outside the box” ideas. Thank you to my colleagues and friends (Jon Lara, T.J. Gernon, and many others) who are avid readers and offer wonderful suggestions for stories, and to my wife and kids who put up with me investing time and energy in this passion project.
Finally, and most importantly, cheers to you. These stories are all about the otolaryngology community, and you are fascinating, brilliant, and generous. Happy Holidays to you and your family!