UAMS will host otology fellows and faculty on June 5-7, 2020 as part of the fifth annual International Otology Fellows Congress and Advanced Course in Ear and Skull Base Surgery.
Twenty-four otology fellows are invited to participate in the event, which will be held in the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute and its state-of-the-art Yasargil Surgical Skills Laboratory and Education Center. The surgical skills lab has recently acquired a da Vinci robot, which will augment the surgical skills learning experience. Through lectures and extensive laboratory sessions, they will learn the latest in advanced surgical techniques for the inner ear.
“This is a unique opportunity for fellows to focus on surgical techniques that are well beyond the scope of a typical temporal bone course, while networking alongside other otology/neurotology fellows from around the world,” said John Dornhoffer, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and director of its Division of Otology and Neurotology, all in the UAMS College of Medicine.
Otology refers to the treatment of middle ear disease and conductive hearing loss, whereas neurotology refers to treatment of the inner ear or its connection to the brain.
Dornhoffer serves as program chair, along with former UAMS faculty member Michael Gluth, M.D., now of the University of Chicago Medicine Pritzker School of Medicine. Nine additional guest faculty from the United States, Germany and Belgium will provide lectures, laboratory instruction, and roundtable discussions.