Clinical Excellence in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: Examples from the Published Literature

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Objective/Hypothesis: To apply the domains of clinical excellence, as published by the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence, to the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (OHNS) as a framework for evaluating and improving clinical excellence. Methods: A search of PubMed, Scopus, the Cochrane Library, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) databases was performed and 229 publications were reviewed. Results: Case reports and other articles were selected that exemplify each of the distinct domains of clinical excellence within our specialty. Conclusions: The Miller-Coulson Academy's domains of clinical excellence are relevant to OHNS and can provide a framework for fostering clinical excellence in otolaryngologists. The many examples of excellent care by otolaryngologists found in the published literature can inspire otolaryngologists to provide outstanding care to all patients consistently and to advance our specialty. Level of Evidence: N/A Laryngoscope, 131:E2153–E2158, 2021.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E2153-E2158
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2021


  • Clinical excellence
  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • diagnostic acumen
  • knowledge
  • otolaryngology-head and neck surgery
  • patient care
  • professionalism and humanism
  • scholarly approach to clinical practice
  • skillful negotiation of the healthcare system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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