Pre-Conference Events/Workshops


Friday, September 8

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Endoscopic Ear Surgery Workshop

Co-Sponsored by the American Neurotology Society

The Endoscopic Ear Surgery Workshop is a hands-on endoscopic ear surgery course suitable for practicing otolaryngologists and senior otolaryngology trainees.   While key surgical techniques will be described and demonstrated by well known international and U.S. Faculty, the main emphasis of the course will be to provide hands-on dissection experience using fresh-frozen cadavers and state-of-the-art equipment. FULL DESCRIPTION   

Saturday, September 9

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cutting Edge Robotics in Laryngology and Otology: TORS and Beyond

Cutting Edge Robotics in Laryngology and Otology: TORS and Beyond is a course designed to give Otolaryngologists and Head and Neck Surgeons, a broad based educational experience in the developing field of robotic surgery. We will discuss not only transoral robotic techniques for treating benign and malignant conditions of the oropharynx and larynx, but we will also expose participants to upcoming robotic devices that can be used in head and neck surgeries. Two different robotic surgical systems will be featured in didactic lectures and case-based, panel discussions. Nationally renowned faculty will emphasize fundamental surgical anatomy, patient selection, perioperative considerations and robotic dissection techniques. FULL DESCRIPTION  

Thyroid & Parathyroid Ultrasound Workshop

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 will be performed using phantom models.  Attendees will be instructed in the practical detail and hurdles in developing office based ultrasound. PRE-REQUISITE: Registrants must have completed the Ultrasound for Surgeons: The Basic Course, 3rd Edition Online Course. FULL DESCRIPTION  

Saturday, September 9

11:30 am – 4:00 pm

Simulation Experience with Northwestern University

In partnership with the Northwestern University, we are excited to offer Annual Meeting attendees a special hands-on experience with the latest devices in simulation. This event is designed for otolaryngology practitioners who are interested in expanding their simulation expertise. Registration is $50 per person – for all registrant categories (i.e., Member, Non-Member, and Other).

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Arrive at Simulation Center

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Lunch and Introduction

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Simulation Center Tour

1:00 pm – 3:15 pm Small Group Simulation Demonstrations

  1. Removal of aspirated FB
  2. Standardized patient
  3. Ultrasound/thyroid biopsy
  4. Surgical airway
  5. Otology
  6. Virtual bronchoscopy
  7. 3D printed anatomic models

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Team Simulation Scenario

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Question and Answer Session

Registration is required prior to the date of the event.