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Training and Education in Endoscopic Ear Surgery

Abstract

With rising global interest in minimally invasive surgical approaches and the cumulative advances in technology, there is a growing population of otolaryngologists incorporating endoscopic ear surgery into clinical practice and residency training. To date, limited data are available on the learning curve and training process involved in this technique. While the endoscopic approach to the ear has several advantages, it carries also unique challenges and risks that one should be aware of as they impact endoscopic skill acquisition. The current practices in endoscopic ear surgery training involve sharing of technical pearls and a graded step-by-step approach to endoscopic skill development through clinical practice and hands-on courses. In the academic environment, the endoscopic approach carries several advantages for the trainees—through improvement in teaching and the relative ease of the technique as compared to the traditional microscopic approach.

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Acknowledgments

We would like to thank Marcela Fandino and Margaret Aron (former UBC Otology/Neurotology fellows) for editing Videos 1 and 5, respectively. All videos enclosed show trainees as the primary surgeon with the exception of Video 11 (mixture of staff/trainee). We would like to thank all former UBC Otolaryngology residents and UBC Otology/Neurotology fellows (2010–2014) who showcase their surgical skills in the enclosed videos.

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Correspondence to Jane Lea.

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Mijovic, T., Lea, J. Training and Education in Endoscopic Ear Surgery. Curr Otorhinolaryngol Rep 3, 193–199 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40136-015-0101-1

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Keywords

  • Endoscopy
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Otologic surgical procedures
  • Education
  • Endoscopic ear surgery