FESS course held as socially distanced face-to-face event
By Mel Corbett, Higher Specialist Trainee, Otolaryngology, Sligo University Hospital, Ireland.
On 3-4 September, the RCSI played host to the annual Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery course at 26 York Street, St Stephen’s Green in Dublin, Ireland. Ear Nose and Throat higher specialty trainees and consultant trainers from across the country attended the wet lab to develop the knowledge and skills required to keep up to date and progress with FESS. Spread out over two days, more than 20 trainees and 10 consultant supervisors adhered to social distancing guidelines and attended a blended workshop of small group teaching and practical dissection sessions.
This year introduced high-fidelity three-dimensional printed models to demonstrate both normal anatomy and abnormal pathology, accurately mimicking the varying tissue densities during simulated operations ranging from uncinectomy to sphenoidotomy and frontal recess dissection. International guest faculty (Mr Elgan Davies) video conferenced and performed demonstration dissections using identical models to each attendee. Simulated dissection was aided by CT guided neuronavigation allowing the attendees to familiarise themselves with the latest developments in equipment and technology. Senior trainees practised dissection on cadaveric specimens in the anatomy lab and each session included a fellowship standard multiple-choice quiz keeping trainees’ anatomical knowledge fresh while aiding with preparations for final examinations.
Feedback from the course was hugely positive with praise for the accuracy of the high-fidelity 3D-printed sinus dissection models and the small trainee-to-supervisor ratio. Next year, Mr Peter Lacy will oversee the cadaver dissection while Ms Mona Thornton will run the simulation workshop.
Special thanks to Ms Mona Thornton for organising and supervising the course.