The Oto Observer is a biannual publication of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery of the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Please direct any questions or comments to Otolaryngology@augusta.edu
January 4, 2021
I hope you enjoyed the holiday season and are upbeat about the New Year.
I have to admit, I was one of those who couldn’t wait for 2020 to disappear into the past, but now looking back, I am proud of how our department, and the whole institution as a matter of fact, reacted during the consecutive waves of the pandemic. We, at the Medical College of Georgia-Augusta University are proud of our heritage, our code of ethics and responsibility to the residents of our great state and this has been gloriously exhibited throughout the months of the pandemic. We stepped up to assist in the efforts to control COVID-19 and became the testing center for the State of Georgia, while simultaneously providing great care to our patients and great training to our medical students, residents and fellows. We like to think that our attention to our tripartite mission and responsibility to our patients and learners, inspired our current chief residents to pursue further training and we are proud that all three matched into the fellowship of their choice. At a time of uncertainty and risk we focus and savor each victory and use each victory as a catalyst to keep performing at the highest level possible. After all, it is grinding, hard work and perseverance that has defined our great nation and has led it to victory during hard times.
As one of my mentors once told me: "you become stronger through struggle and overcoming adversity". As an immigrant who came to this great country at the age of 18 without speaking a word of English, I now understand very well what he meant.
The New Year is here and along with it has come hope in the form of the COVID-19 vaccine in overcoming this pandemic. Let’s then take the opportunity to think and act with a mind full of hope and a heart full of love and understanding for others in need and persevere.
Wishing you a very Happy and Healthy New Year.
Stil Kountakis, MD, PhD
We are seeking an Assistant or Associate Professor who wishes to join a thriving academic Otology/Neurotology practice. Fellowship training is required. To apply, please send a curriculum vitae to Dr. Stil Kountakis.
We are seeking an Assistant or Associate Professor to join a thriving academic practice. Fellowship training is required. To apply, please send a curriculum vitae to Dr. Stil Kountakis.
We are seeking an Assistant or Associate Professor to join a thriving academic practice. Fellowship training is required. To apply, please send a curriculum vitae to Dr. Greg Postma