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Otolaryngology Prep and Practice

Edited by: Jennifer J. Shin, Michael J. Cunningham
1272 pages, Color Illustrations (4 Color), Hardcover, 8.5 x 11"
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Otolaryngology Prep and Practice covers all the major specialty components of otolaryngology: general adult and pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, otology, and facial plastic surgery.

The goal of this book is to have users not just read, but more importantly, to remember key pieces of information. This book is interactive, has multiple visual aids, and uses a tiered system to help guide studying. The three-level system distinguishes material that is necessary for general otolaryngology examination purposes (for those seeking the basic fundamentals), from that required for higher level learning (for those taking subspecialty examinations), to that which is intermediate in importance. The content focuses on clinical management decisions and consequences, high yield material from an information retention standpoint. The text includes color photographs, diagrams, practice case scenarios, multiple-choice questions, and various means for self-assessment or studying with a partner.

Key features:

  • In-depth practice cases
  • 3-tiered focus questions for all levels
  • Over 80 multiple choice questions and answers
  • Highly-illustrated and full-color throughout


  • Steven Y. Park, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology (Jun 2013):
    "[T]he intended audience is for otolaryngologists preparing for board or re-certification examinations, it can also be used by practicing physicians as a lifelong learning tool. In contrast to various other board preparation textbooks or workbooks that teach relevant information by question and answer format or in prose, this book attempts to address different people’s learning styles. This is accomplished by dividing the book into five sections: case presentations, focus questions, radiology, histopathology, and multiple choice questions... The strength of this book is the comprehensive nature of addressing different reader’s learning styles...The lifelong student must first realize his or her own learning style and then choose options that are most conducive to active learning. This book adds tremendous value to what’s already available to new, as well as, experienced otolaryngologists."

  • Marc J. Gibber, MD, Bronx New York, Annals in Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology (2013):
    "The focus on active learning methods stands out and distinguishes this book; the authors present the material in a case-based, question-and-answer format, rather than as traditional narrative text. They accomplish this while still producing a well-organized and complete text...This thorough approach allows the book to be used as a resource for review or as a primary text. The authors of this book not only are experts in the field about which they write, but also are experts in education and the active learning model. This latter expertise is very evident, as the book is engaging, comprehensive, and remarkably easy to process despite its breadth and volume. The thorough histopathology section shines in particular as compared to other textbooks and review books in the field. The illustrations and photos in the "focus questions" section are first-rate...This new approach to learning will be a valuable tool for both residents and practicing physicians in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. The larger education world has just taken notice of active learning, so as otolaryngoloists, we should applaud Drs. Shin and Cunningham, as early innovators in pioneering this approach in a fine text for our specialty."

  • Ms. Yasmin Abbas, BSc, MBChB, MRCS, ENT & Audiology News (2014):
    "Jennifer Shin and Michael Cunningham from Boston, USA have published an impressive book with 37 chapters in 1226 pages. It aims to enable the reader to retain ENT knowledge by presenting it in a way that enforces application of knowledge in an active learning process...The case presentations guide the reader through common but challenging cases, slowly building up the available information and providing high quality investigation results, to guide the reader through to the management of the case. The focus questions chapter is a quick-fire of pertinent and delving questions on the most encountered topics within all areas of otolaryngology practice with dedicated chapters for salivary, parathyroid and the facial nerve. By far the stand out sections of this book are the radiology and histopathology chapters. These build on the previous chapters with a plethora of detailed high quality pictures, annotated and explained in order to demystify an area that is unfamiliar to those graduating from medical schools in the last decade. I feel that this book has a place on the bookshelf of ENT registrars and residents on both sides of the Atlantic. It provides a good overall understanding and equips them with the armamentarium to tackle more complex cases as well as solidify knowledge in areas they may not have been exposed to. The book is rich in diagrams, charts, pictures, MCQs, case scenarios and much more in its own interactive style. A more substantive alternative to a dozen or so smaller publications seen in the last decade."


Section I. Introductory Material

1. How to Use this Book
Jennifer J. Shin and Michael J. Cunningham
2. Your Learning Plan
Anand Devaiah, Jennifer J. Shin, and Michael J. Cunningham

Section II. Case Presentations

3. Practice Cases
Andrew McCall, Philip Song, Michael Moore, Kevin Emerick, Theodore Chen, Mauro Ruffy,

Iee Ching Anderson, and Jennifer J. Shin
Section III. Focus Questions

4. Ear Focus Questions
Andrew McCall, Mauro Ruffy, and Jennifer J. Shin
4A. Infectious
4B. Masses — Benign
4C. Masses — Malignant
4D. Congenital
4E. Trauma
4F. Inflammatory
4G. Neurologic and Vascular
4H. Metabolic/Endocrine
4I. Structural
4J. Incisions and Approaches
4K. Audiology
4L. Cosmetic
4M. Reconstructive
5. Nose Focus Questions
Stacey T. Gray, Kevin Emerick, Sarmela Sunder, Theodore Chen, Eric Kim, and Jennifer J. Shin
5A. Infectious
5B. Masses — Benign
5C. Masses — Malignant
5D. Congenital
5E. Trauma
5F. Inflammatory
5G. Neurologic
5H. Vascular
5I. Metabolic/Endocrine
5J. Structural
5K. Cosmetic
5L. Reconstructive
6. Oral Focus Questions
Iee Ching Anderson, Kevin Emerick, Sarmela Sunder, and Jennifer J. Shin
6A. Infectious
6B. Masses — Benign
6C. Masses — Malignant
6D. Congenital
6E. Trauma
6F. Inflammatory/Autoimmune
6G. Neurologic
6H. Vascular
6I. Metabolic and Endocrine
6J. Structural
6K. Assessment and Differential Diagnoses
6L. Anatomy and Physiology
7. Larynx Focus Questions
Phillip Song, Kevin Emerick, and Jennifer J. Shin
7A. Infectious
7B. Masses — Benign
7C. Masses — Malignant
7D. Congenital
7E. Trauma
7F. Inflammatory/Autoimmune
7G. Neurologic
7H. Vascular
7I. Metabolic and Endocrine
7J. Structural
7K. Anatomy, Physiology, and Symptomatology
7L. Diagnostic Testing
8. Hypopharynx Focus Questions
Phillip Song, Kevin Emerick, and Jennifer J. Shin
8A. Infectious
8B. Masses — Benign
8C. Masses — Malignant
8D. Trauma
8E. Inflammatory
8F. Neurologic
8G. Structural
8H. Swallowing Techniques
8I. Anatomy and Physiology
9. Neck Focus Questions
Michael Moore, Kevin Emerick, and Jennifer J. Shin
9A. Infectious
9B. Masses — Benign
9C. Masses — Malignant
9D. Congenital
9E. Trauma
9F. Inflammatory
9G. Anatomy
10. Salivary Focus Questions
Michael Moore and Kevin Emerick
10A. Infectious
10B. Masses
10C. Masses — Benign
10D. Masses — Malignant
10E. Trauma
10F. Inflammatory
10G. Anatomy
11. Thyroid Focus Questions
Michael Moore and Jennifer J. Shin
11A. Infectious
11B. Masses — Benign
11C. Masses — Malignant
11D. Congenital
11E. Inflammatory
11F. Anatomy
11G. Physiology
11H. Metabolic/Endocrine
12. Parathyroid Focus Questions
Michael Moore and Jennifer J. Shin
12A. Anatomy and Physiology
12B. Metabolic
12C. Masses — Malignant
12D. Congenital
13. Facial Nerve Focus Questions
Andrew McCall, Mauro Ruffy, and Jennifer J. Shin
13A. Facial Paralysis and Paresis
13B. Infectious
13C. Masses
13D. Congenital
13E. Trauma
13F. Systemic Diseases
13G. Rehabilitation
13H. Anatomy and Physiology
14. Skin, Face, and Scalp Focus Questions
Theodore Chen, Sarmela Sunder, Mauro Ruffy, and Andrew McCall
14A. Masses — Benign
14B. Masses — Malignant
14C. Cosmetic
14D. Reconstructive
15. Multisite Focus Questions
Kevin Emerick and Jennifer J. Shin
15A. Masses — Benign
15B. Masses — Malignant
15C. Reconstructive

Section IV. Radiology

16. Ear/Temporal Bone Radiology
Marybeth Cunnane
17. Nasal Cavity, Nasopharynx, Base of Skull, and Orbit Radiology
Marybeth Cunnane
18. Oral Cavity, Oropharynx, and Mandible Radiology
Marybeth Cunnane
19. Larynx Radiology
Marybeth Cunnane
20. Hypopharynx and Esophagus Radiology
Marybeth Cunnane
21. Neck Radiology
Marybeth Cunnane
22. Salivary Gland Radiology
Marybeth Cunnane
23. Thyroid and Parathyroid Radiology
Marybeth Cunnane

Section V. Histopathology

24. Ear Histopathology
Ivan Chebib

25. Nasal Cavity and Nasopharynx Histopathology

Rema Rao
26. Base of Skull Histopathology
Ivan Chebib
27. Oral Cavity, Oropharynx, and Mandible Histopathology
Rema Rao
28. Larynx Histopathology
Rema Rao
29. Hypopharynx and Esophagus Histopathology
Ivan Chebib
30. Neck Histopathology
Ivan Chebib
31. Salivary Gland Histopathology
Rema Rao
32. Thyroid and Parathyroid Histopathology
Ivan Chebib
33. Skin Histopathology
Ivan Chebib
34. Vascular Histopathology
Ivan Chebib
35. Infectious Diseases Histopathology
Rema Rao
36. Multisite Histopathology
Ivan Chebib
Section VI. Multiple Choice
37. Practice Multiple Choice Questions
Kevin Emerick, Phillip Song, Iee Ching Anderson, Michael Moore, Theodore Chen, and

Jennifer J. Shin

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About The Editors

Jennifer J. Shin

Jennifer J. Shin, M.D. S.M. graduated from Harvard Radcliffe College and Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency and fellowship training in the Harvard programs, and holds a degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Shin has a longstanding interest in evidence-based practice and clinical research, and she has been a fellow of the National Institute of Health and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is the lead editor of Evidence-Based Otolaryngology, a nationally and internationally cited textbook, which debuted in 2008 and entered its second printing in 2010. Her second book, Otolaryngology Prep and Practice, was published in 2012 and prepares specialists for the Board Certification examinations. She is the Chair of the Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Leadership Group for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, the specialty’s primary national professional organization. She serves as Associate Editor for clinical epidemiology and outcomes research for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, one of the highest impact journals in the field. She has recently served as Co-chair of the expert panel convened by the Academy to develop their national Clinical Consensus Statement on Pediatric Chronic Rhinosinusitis and is among the leadership for the upcoming national Clinical Practice Guideline on Otitis Media with Effusion. She teaches regularly in the epidemiology curriculum at the Harvard School of Public Health and has received multiple awards and grants. She is a recipient of one of the Harvard Medical School Shore Foundation Faculty Awards. She performs the analysis of the Harvard Program’s otolaryngology resident assessments via faculty oral examinations, and serves as an advisor to the Harvard Medical School Office for Global Surgery. In recent years, her patient appraisal and satisfaction scores have averaged 9.7 out of 10.

Michael J. Cunningham

Michael J. Cunningham, MD, is a graduate of Princeton University (1977) and the Rochester University School of Medicine (1981). He completed Pediatrics training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Otolaryngology training at the University of Pittsburgh. He has practiced as a pediatric otolaryngologist since 1989, for many years at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and more recently at the Children’s Hospital Boston.

He is currently Otolaryngologist-in-Chief of the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement at the Children’s Hospital Boston, and Professor of Otology and Laryngology at the Harvard Medical School.

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