Preconference Workshops

June 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 5

AAO-HNS/F and LSU Sialendoscopy Hands-On Course

This one-day course addresses current advances in minimally invasive salivary gland surgery. The morning features didactic lectures by leaders in this cutting-edge field. Topics to be discussed include: the history of salivary endoscopy, imaging and ultrasound, instrumentation, the papilla and options for access, traditional parotid techniques for stones and stenosis, traditional submandibular techniques for stones and stenosis, inflammatory sialadenitis in relation to JRO, RAI and Sjögren’s syndrome, treatment of large stones (hybrid and lithotripsy techniques), and complications.

Endoscopic Ear Surgery and Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation Workshop

The Endoscopic Ear Surgery and Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation Workshop is an advanced hands-on endoscopic dissection course using cadaveric specimens. The course is suitable for consultants and senior otolaryngology trainees and delivered by international and national experts. Live dissection demonstrations are undertaken by the faculty in all aspects of endoscopic ear surgery. There are a variety of lectures on specific aspects of the technique; however, the main emphasis of the course is to provide hands-on practical experience. The course includes both didactics and hands-on instruction for using transnasal endoscopic balloon dilation of the eustachian tube (ET) in the management of ET dilatory dysfunction.

AAO-HNSF and ACS Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Neck Ultrasound Workshop

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The objective of this course is to introduce the practicing surgeon to office-based ultrasound examination of the thyroid, parathyroid, and neck for commonly encountered diseases. The distinction of normal from malignant lymphadenopathy is emphasized with a demonstration of the comprehensive examination of lymph node basins in cervical levels I-VI. The technique of ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (FNA) of thyroid nodules and lymph nodes are addressed in didactic lecture format. In addition, hands-on skill sessions allow the surgeon to develop techniques to perform diagnostic neck ultrasound. The use of standardized patients allows supervised hands-on experience with transverse and longitudinal ultrasound methods. The techniques of FNA of lesions are performed using phantom models. Attendees are instructed in the practical detail and hurdles in developing office-based ultrasound. Pre-requisite: Registrants must have completed Ultrasound for Surgeons: The Basic Course, Third Edition Online Course.

Worst-Case Scenarios Managing OTO Emergencies in Practice Workshop

Hosted at Tulane Center for Advanced Medical Simulation Center, this is a 4.5-hour course geared toward practicing otolaryngologists to prepare them for low frequency, high stakes emergency situations that they may not encounter often in their daily routines. Attendees participate in a rotation of six simulated otolaryngology emergencies with a cohort of six peer attendees. Each simulated emergency is done as a duo with a partner from the group. Following each simulation, a debriefing is held with the group and a facilitator and includes discussion of best practices for these situations based on published guidelines and available literature.