Poliquin Resident Competition



This competition is available to residents training in a Canadian otolaryngology-head and neck surgery program. It recognizes, in memoriam, the name of Jacques Poliquin, who was a prominent otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon, researcher, and educator. Dr. Poliquin fostered this competition in its formative years.

The goal of the Poliquin Resident Research Competition (PRRC) is to:

  • Foster high quality research and innovation as an important element of residency training. Research and innovation should be defined in its broadest sense and will include clinical, translational, basic science, population health, health policy, and educational investigation.
  • Highlight impactful research by trainees and acknowledgement through awards.

PRRC Committee Membership

The Awards Chair will select four additional judges who are members in good standing of the Society. It will be the Chairs responsibility to consider balancing institutional, geographic and subspecialty representation while ensuring that the academic rigor of the committee.


The committee will select the following awards :

  • One (1) Outstanding Research Award
  • Three (3) Research Awards

Adjudication Process

    • The adjudication process will be based on the guidelines for scoring, as described below.
    • All abstracts will be made anonymous to the judges prior to ranking.
    • From the abstract submissions, 15 – 17 studies will be selected to submit manuscripts and for podium presentations. This number may vary from year to year based on the number of high quality submissions, the amount of time allocated to the competition by the Scientific Program Chair, and the discretion of the Awards Chair.
    • It is expected that the judges will remain impartial and unbiased. Judges will score submissions from one’s own academic institution but will make the potential conflict known to the Chair.
    • The rankings and scores from each judge will be blinded from the other judges until the time of deliberation.
    • A significant part of the competition is the presenter’s ability to field questions. An important role of the judge is to prepare and ask questions at the end of the podium presentations.
    • The entire process will remain strictly confidential.

Scoring Guidelines

      • 10       Exemplary;  no weaknesses; top quality
      • 9         Acceptable; no significant weaknesses; suggested revisions possibly optional;questions posed in Judgment Bases addressed in manner consistent with ratings of “Approved” and recommended for journal publication
      •  8        Most likely acceptable with minor corrections; recommended for journal publication
      •  7        Possibly acceptable with corrections of many minor weaknesses or one or more major weaknesses; revision(s) required; possibly recommended for journal publication
      •  5 – 6  Major revisions required to be considered for approval; moderate to substantial revisions required prior to approval; quality as-is insufficient for journal publication but higher scores on revision possibly considered for journal publication
      •  3 – 4  Multiple major weaknesses; extensive revision required to make paper acceptable; unlikely to reach journal quality
      •  1 – 2  Many major weaknesses; questions posed in Judgment Bases are inadequately addressed; required level of revision likely too substantial to overcome; score also applies if text lacks sufficient clarity to score; not journal quality.


Long-term reference value (Archival)

    • Would this paper’s content still be relevant and likely to be cited in future work?
    • Are the results and interpretation of lasting scientific value?
    • Is the topic important to the field?
    • Does the paper strengthen or extend the state of the art?

Technically new, innovative, or a constructive review (Innovative)

    • Does the subject matter have an interested audience today?
    • Are ideas/information and methods worthwhile, new, or creative?
    • Is the author the source of new information?
    • Are analytical, numerical, or experimental results and interpretation original?
    • Is the impact of the results clearly stated?

Professional integrity (Integrity)

    • Is the paper free from commercialism?
    • Is the paper free from personalities and bias?
    • Is the paper clear and balanced?
    • Is prior work of others adequately credited?
    • If author claims first use of technology, is claim valid?
    • Does the author avoid disparaging competitive methods or products?
    • Are references to previous work presented constructively, in a fair and balanced manner?

Clear presentation (Presentation)

    • Does the introductory section explain motivation and orient the reader?
    • Does the paper describe what was done, how it was done, and the key results?
    • Does the paper stay focused on its subject?
    • Are tables and figures clear, relevant and correct?
    • Are the concepts clearly presented?
    • Is the paper logically organized?
    • Are titles and keywords used appropriately?
    • Is the paper’s length appropriate to its scope?
    • Does the author demonstrate knowledge of basic composition skills, including word choice, sentence structure, paragraph development, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and citation of references?

Quality of data and validity of analytical techniques (Quality)

    • Is the paper technically sound?
    • Does the paper evaluate the strengths and limitations of the work described?
    • Are performance metrics clearly stated?
    • Are results clearly described?
    • Is relevant previous research discussed adequately?
    • Are all assumptions referenced by previous proven works?

Soundness of conclusions (Conclusions)

    • Are the claims of the paper firmly established?
    • Are conclusions sound theoretically or experimentally?
    • Are conclusions supported by the facts presented?

Rubric for 2019 competition – click here.

Submissions of Abstracts

The abstract portal for the 2019 Competition will be opened  in the annual meeting section of this website.  Click on the “Call for Abstracts” link where you will find instructions and the submission portal link.  A resident may not submit more than one paper per year. Notification of acceptance will be received by January 15th of each year.

Important Deadline Dates for the 2019 Competition

NOVEMBER 15, 2018 – Abstract submissions

DECEMBER 15, 2018 – Abstract withdrawal without penalty

Extended APRIL 15, 2019 – Electronic copy of the completed presentation to [email protected]

The Society will finance the successful candidates’ expenses to the meeting by providing economy return airfare (up to $1000 with reciepts) and meeting registration at the earlybird rate.


The competition is open to all residents training in a Canadian otolaryngology-head and neck surgery program. Foreign residents doing a fellowship year in a Canadian program and Canadian residents doing a fellowship outside of Canada are eligible. A paper may be submitted any time during the candidate’s training and no later than the first competition year following completion of the training period.


One (1) prize will be awarded for Outstanding Research with a cash value of $1,000. Three (3) additional Research Awards will be presented with a value of $500 each. The winners’ names and project titles will become part of an ongoing Society listing.

Withdrawal from Competition

The Society receives many more submissions than are ultimately selected for presentation at the Poliquin Resident Research Competition. Late withdrawal of a submission precludes others the opportunity for presentation. Please note that the withdrawal of your submission from the Poliquin Competition AFTER DECEMBER 15th each year will result in A SANCTION from the competition in the following year for BOTH the resident and supervisor.



Dr. David Forner, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
Oncological and Functional Outcomes Following Transoral Laser Microsurgery in Patients with T2a vs T2b Glottic Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Dr. Érika Mercier, Université de Montréal, MONTREAL, QC
Assessment of Surgical Competency for Neck Dissection: A Prospective Validation Study

Dr. Josie Xu, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Effectiveness of Discovery Learning Using a Mobile Otoscopy Simulator on Knowledge Acquisition and Retention in Medical Students

Dr. Jessica Clark, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Donor Site Morbidity Following Radial Forearm Free Flap Reconstruction with Split Thickness Skin Grafts Using Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

1st Place – Dr. Adrian Mendez, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Brief Electrical Stimulation and Synkinesis After Facial Nerve Crush Injury:  A Randomized Prospective Animal Study

2nd Place – Dr. Christopher Yao, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
System Users May Be At Risk for Early Onset Noise Induced Hearing Loss

1st Place – Dr. Scott Murray, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Management of Persistent Epistaxis Using A Thrombin Hemostatic Matrix vs Traditional Nasal Packing:  A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial

2nd Place – Dr. Nicolas Tkaczyk, University of Manitoba, WINNIPEG, MB
Late Effects of Treatment Following Radiation for Advanced Oropharyngeal Cancer

1st Place – Dr. Sherif Idris, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Investigation of EZH2 Pathways for Novel Epigenetic Treatment Strategies in Oropharyngeal Cancer

2nd Place – Dr. Faisal Alzahrani, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
Hippo Signaling in Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

1st Place – Dr. Brittany Barber, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Brief Electrical Stimulation (BES) for Prevention of Shoulder Dysfunction After Oncologic Neck Dissection:  A Randomized Controlled Trial

2nd Place – Dr. Krupal Patel, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
Treatment of Early Stage Supraglottic Squamous Cell Carcinoma:  Meta-analysis Comparing Primary Surgery versus Primary Radiotherapy

1st Place – Dr. Elise Graham, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
Identification of Serum microRNA Biomarkers as a Potential Diagnostic Tool in Papillary Thyroid Cancer

2nd Place – Dr. Adrian Mendez, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Brief Electrical Stimulation After Facial Nerve Transection and Neurorrhaphy: A Randomized Prospective Animal Study

1st Place – Dr. Michael Roskies, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
3-phase Dual-energy CT Scan as a Feasible Salvage Imaging Modality for the Identification of Non-localizing Parathyroid Adenomas: A Prospective Study

2nd Place – Dr. Brittany Barber, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Depression as a Predictive Factor of Postoperative Functional Performance Status and Treatment Adherence in Head and Neck Cancer Patients: A Prospective Study

1st Place – Dr. Timothy Cooper, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Oncolytic Activity of Novel Reovirus Mutants in HPV Positive and Negative Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

2nd Place – Dr. Rickul Varshney, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
A Rhinology High Fidelity Surgical Simulator: An Initial Validation Study

1st Place – Dr. Han Zhang, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Metabolic Tumour Volume as a Prognostic Factor for Head and Neck Cancer Patients Treated with Primary Surgery

2nd Place – Dr. Edward Park, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Predictors of Round Window Accessibility via Facial Recess Approach Based on Pre-Operative CT Petrous Bones Imaging

1st Place – Dr. Fawaz M. Makki, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
CO2 Laser versus Cold Steel Margin Analysis Following Endoscopic Excision of Glottic Cancer

2nd Place – Dr. Caroline C. Jeffery, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Association Between Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma in Northern Alberta: A Population-based Study

1st Place – Dr. Vinay T. Fernandes, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Development of an Ototoxicity Model in Adult CBA/CaJ Mouse and Determination of a Golden Window of Corticosteroid Intervention for Otoprotection

2nd Place – Dr. Xiao Zhao, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
The Role of Neural Precursor Cells and Self Assembling Peptides in Nerve Regeneration

1st Place – Dr. Jeffrey Yeung, University of Ottawa, OTTAWA, ON
The New Age of Play Audiometry: Validation Testing of an iPad-based Play Audiometer

2nd Place – Dr. Vincent Biron, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Surgical vs Ultrasound-guided Drainage of Deep Neck Space Abscesses: A Randomized Controlled Trial

1st Place – Dr. Nikolaus Wolter, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Propranolol as a Novel Adjunctive Treatment for Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

2nd Place – Dr. Aman Grewal, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Corticosteroid Uptake in Auditory Hair Cells via Trans-tympanic versus Systemic Administration

Dr. B.J.Hubbard, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
A Novel Low-Cost System for Posturography: A Platform for Longitudinal Balance Telemetry??

Dr. J. Szudek, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Can uHear Me Now? Validation of An iPhone-based Hearing Loss Screening Test

Dr. James P. Bonaparte, University of Ottawa, OTTAWA, ON
Healing Time of Radial Forearm Free Flap Donor Sites After Pre-operative Tissue Expansion: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Dr. Praby Singh, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Heparin vs Tirofiban in Microvascular Anastomosis: A Randomized Trial in a Rat Model

Dr. Clarke Bartlett, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
Treatment of Patulous Eustachian Tube Using Mass Loading of the Eardrum

Dr. Ashlin Alexander, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
From Fragments to the Whole: A Comparison Between Cochlear Implant Users and Normal Hearing Listeners in Music Perception and Enjoyment

Basic Sciences – Dr. John De Almedia, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Testing Biomechanical Strength of Grafts Sealed with Adjuncts in an Ex Vivo and in Vivo Models of CSF Leaks

Clinical Research – Dr. Scott Hamilton, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
Microvascular Changes in Oral Mucositis

Basic Sciences – Dr. Jay Zhu, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Efficacy of Low Molecular Weight Heparin in Preventing Free Flap Failure: A Rat Model. Venous Thrombosis in Microvascular Surgery in the Rat Model

Clinical Research – Dr. Jason Chau, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
The Radial Forearm Donor Site – A Comparison of the Functional and Cosmetic Outcomes of Different Reconstructive Methods

Basic Sciences – Dr. S. Roberge, Universite de Sherbrooke, SHERBROOKE, QC
Influence of the Level of Consciousness on the Frequency of Non-nutritional Swallows and Their Coordination with Breathing in Adult Sheep

Clinical Research – Dr. M.G. Brandt, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
A Randomized Control Trial of Fluorescence Guided Surgical Excision of Nonmelanotic Cutaneous Malignancies

Basic Sciences – Dr. Jordon Hochman, University of Manitoba, WINNIPEG, MB
Prevention of Aminoglycoside Induced Ototoxicity in Mice with the Free Radical Scavenging Agent Sodium Thiosulfate

Clinical Research – Dr. Maya Sardesai, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
Donor Site Morbidity following Radial Forearm Free Tissue Transfer

Basic Sciences – Dr. Timothy Wallace, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
Endoscopic Transantral Repair of Orbital Floor Fractures: A Computer Tomography Volumetric Analysis Using A Cadaveric Model

Basic Sciences – Dr. Brad Mechor, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
A Positive Margin Resection Mouse Model

Clinical Research – Dr. Sebastien Bathalon, Universite de Sherbrooke, SHERBROOKE, QC
Visualization in the Teaching of Criothyroidotomy

Basic Sciences – Dr. Brian Rotenberg, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Pediatric Laryngeal Paralysis: A New Proposed Surgical Therapy

Clinical Research – Dr. Ali Moshaver, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Early Operative Intervention vs Conventional Treatment in Epistaxis: A Randomized Prospective Trial

Basic Sciences – Dr. Paul van der Sloot, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Vascularized Periosteum and Osteogenesis: A Comparison of Bone Carriers.

Clinical Research – Dr. Jason Atlas, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
Intratympanic Gentamicin Titration Therapy for Intractable Menieres Disease – 5 Year Follow-up.

Basic Sciences – Dr. Paolo Campisi, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Overview of the Radiology, Histology, and Bone Morphogenetic Protein Expression during Distraction Osteogenesis of the Mandible.

Clinical Research – Dr. Murad Husein, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
Assessment of the Subglottis in the Paediatric Population Using Ultrasound, Bronchoscopy and Endotracheal Tube Sizing.

Clinical Research – Dr. M. Korman, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Topical Preparations for Nasal Endoscopic Examination

Basic Sciences – Dr. S. Abov-Khalil, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
Clinical Applications of a Finite-Element Model of the Human Middle Ear

Clinical Research – Dr. Richard Liu, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
The Pectoralis Major Myocutaneous Pedicled Flap in Head and Neck Reconstruction – Indications and Results in 249 Cases at the Toronto Hospital.

Basic Sciences – Dr. Jonathan Trites, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
Early Steps in Nodal Metastasis: New Insights with In Vivo Microscopy.

Clinical Research – Dr. Mark Emery, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
An Investigation of Dysphagia in the Tracheotomized Patient Using a Speaking Valve.

Basic Sciences – Dr. David Lemaire, Universite de Sherbrooke, SHERBROOKE, QC
Animal Model for the Study of Laryngeal Function during Apnea Phenomenon.

Basic Science – Dr. Danny Enepedikes, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
The Independent and Combined Effects of RAR-, RXR-, and VDR- Selective Ligands on the Growth of Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Vitro.

Clinical Research – Dr. Shirley Lo, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
CT Analysis of Tumour Volume in T2/T3 Cancer of the Larynx: Its Prognostic Significance.

Basic Sciences – Dr. M.M. Elahi, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
Ultrasound in the Assessment of Craniomaxillofacial Bone Thickness.

Clinical Research – Dr. Terry Liu, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Laryngostroboscopy following Botulinum Toxin Injection in Spasmodic Dysphonia.

Basic Sciences – Dr. Mark Prince, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
Effect of Upper Airway Passages on Craniofacial Growth in an Animal Model: A Pilot Study.

Clinical Research – Dr. Stanley Mah, University of British Columbia, VANCOUVER, BC
Functional Results in Oral Cavity Reconstruction Using Reinnervated vs Non-reinnervated Free Fasciocutaneous Grafts.

Basic Science – Dr. Adam Toth, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
Neuronal Differentiation of Modified Myoepithelial Cells within Adenoid Cystic Carcinomas and Polymorphous Low-Grade Adenocarcinomas.

Basic Sciences – Dr. Paul Moxham, University of British Columbia, VANCOUVER, BC
TGF-B1 in a Guanidine-Extracted Demineralized Bone Matrix Carrier Rapidly Closes a Rabbit Critical Calvarial Defect.

Clinical Research – Dr. David Wong, University of TORONTO, TORONTO, ON
The Effect of Neuromuscular Activity on Botox Injections in Spasodic Dysphonia.

Basic Sciences – Dr. Jamie Rappaport, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
Auditory Temporal Resolution in Multiple Sclerosis.

Clinical Research – Dr. Manohar Bance, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Clinical Decision and Cost Analysis for Acoustic Neuroma Diagnosis.

Basic Sciences – Dr. Anthony Zeitouni, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
Functional Imaging of Head and Neck Tumors Using Positron Emission Tomography.

Basic Sciences – Dr. Andrew Golde, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
The Oxygen Optode: An Improved Method for Assessing Flap Bloodflow Viability.

Clinical Research – Dr. Sunil Ummat, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
Anatomy and Development of the Osteomeatal Unit in Childhood – A Radiological Study.

Basic Sciences – Dr. Robert Mounsey, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Ischemic Pre-conditioning and Deferoxamine in the Prevention of Ischemic Necrosis in Skeletal Muscle: A Pig Latissimus Dorsi Muscle Flap Model.

Clinical Research – Dr. Greg Chernoff, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
The Potential Clinical Impact of the Fine-Needle Aspiration/Flow Cytometric Diagnosis of Malignant Lymphoma.

Basic Sciences – Dr. David Cheung, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
The Surgical Approach to the Sphenoid Sinus.

Clinical Research – Dr. Jeff Jones, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
Radioprotective Effect of Superoxide Scavenging Enzymes.

Basic Sciences – Dr. David Finkelstein, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Cell Surface Recognition Determinants Involved in Triggering the Lymphokine Activated Killer (LAK) Tumor Lysis Phenomenon.

Clinical Research – Dr. Andre Tan, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
Hospitalized Croup (Bacterial and Viral): Trends in Management

Basic Sciences – Dr. Jonathan Irish, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Oncogenes in Head & Neck Cancer

1988    Dr. Ted Bojanowski, University of British Columbia, VANCOUVER, BC
Analogue Signal Representation of the Medical Superior Olive in the Cat

1987    Dr. Graham Bryce, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
The Cross-sectional Osteology of the Midface

1986    Dr. Rachael Cormier, University of Ottawa, OTTAWA, ON
The Cell Mediated Response of the Guinea Pig’s Middle Ear

1985    Dr. Ralph Gilbert, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Prognosis for Advanced Laryngeal Carcinoma with Thyroid Gland Involvement

1984    Dr. Lorne Parnes, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
The Effect on Hearing of Posterior Semi-circular Canal Occlusion in Guinea Pigs