Temporal Bone Dissection
- : Online
The objective of this course is to offer a step-wise learning process starting with 2D illustrations, followed by a progressive introduction to the third dimension, to finally achieving a virtual dissection of the temporal bone.OVERVIEW
Before drilling the temporal bone to expose the middle ear structures, an excellent understanding of the locations and spatial relationships of key anatomical structures is needed.
Thorough knowledge of the procedure is important, along with an understanding of basic concepts in temporal bone surgery. Illustrations, photos and videos can be used as initial learning tools (course 1), but they are not sufficient to gain a complete understanding, as they do not offer a spatial view of the operating space (course 2).
An optional module is available (course 3) that facilitates knowledge transfer to a physical medium, through the dissection of artificial temporal bones.
The course consists of three components:
- Course 1: Online surgical anatomy course integrating virtual anatomy of the temporal bone
- Course 2: Virtual reality temporal bone dissection on a surgical simulator (attendance in your own time at University of Melbourne)
- Course 3 (Optional): PHACON artificial temporal bone simulation (completion in your own time)
Online learning will be included for all three courses, however the two simulation courses will have additional content related to how to perform the simulation exercises, as well as a reflective log to document the simulation practice.
Course 2 and course 3 will have practice logbook, to enable electronic supervisor verification and feedback on drilling techniques.DESIGNED FOR
The course is suitable for people exposed to ear surgery such as surgeons, trainees, nurses, medical students, engineers, audiologists, clinical representatives and other interested parties.
The course provides theoretical knowledge, instructional videos and integrates two simulator training programs on how to perform temporal bone dissection. After completing course 1 and 2, the student will be able to:
COURSE UNITS Course 1: Online Learning
(Please note: Bones are not included in the price of the course and will need to be purchased separately).Equipment and Instruments Guide:
- A temporal bone holder is helpful, but a block of Play Doh or clay is an excellent substitute to hold your temporal bone.
- A well balanced microscope, so it can be moved with the nose.
- >A few micro-instruments may also be useful, such as a curved needle and bone curette.
- Suction-irrigation tubes are used for drilling. Irrigation with a continuous flow is recommended.
- For the drilling, cutting burrs of 5 and 3 mm and diamond burrs of 3, 2 and 1 mm should be sufficient.
The assessment is submission of self-assessments and 7 case studies.
A Certificate of Completion is provided upon satisfactory completion of each course.
COURSE LEADERS COURSE DIRECTORS
Professor Stephen O’Leary
Associate Professor Jean-Marc Gerard
Dr Sudanthi Wijewickrema