Report from Emma Richards, FY2 Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and
Peter Gaskell, 5th Year Medical Student, University of Birmingham.
Eighty budding ENT surgeons attended the 7th SFO UK Conference held at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, UK. Declan Costello started with an engaging insight into laryngology. It was great to see how skills and passions outside medicine, such as singing, can link up with professional work.
Next Chris Coulson captivated us with his talk on otology, focusing on his practice of endoscopic ear surgery, facilitating middle ear procedures without the need for skin incisions. We then had the pleasure of hearing from Ann Louise McDermott who spoke about paediatric ENT and the wide variety of conditions she treats at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Shahz Ahmed, who recently performed the world’s first pituitary surgery under local anaesthesia, then spread his enthusiasm for nasal and anterior skull base surgery. The intricate work he is involved with and the importance of close work with other specialties such as neurosurgery and radiology was particularly apparent. Robin Youngs discussed global health challenges related to ENT and the work he has done as lead of ENT UK global health division.
After a break, with the opportunity to meet other delegates and view the posters, Maha Khan gave a motivating speech on getting into ENT. This led into Prof Nirmal Kumar, the President Elect of ENT UK, discussing the proposed changes to ENT higher specialist training and the plan to trial run-through training in limited deaneries for 2018 applications. Tamsin Mayberry, AOT President, concluded the talks explaining the role of the Association of Otolaryngologists in Training. There were oral presentations from the three highest scoring abstracts. The morning concluded with a presentation from James Schuster, winner of the 1st SFO UK Elective Prize, who carried out his elective in Zanzibar trialling a novel smartphone-connected endoscope.
After lunch the practical skills stations gave us all the opportunity to receive excellent exposure to ENT clinical skills and procedures. Information on core surgical and specialist training portfolios was given by recently successful applicants.
Congratulations to Jack Gao who won the Journal of Laryngology and Otology (JLO) oral presentation prize for his work on digital otoscopy training. Jack won a one year subscription to the JLO.
Finally Jayesh Doshi awarded prizes to Junaid Aamir and Zahra Salimi who won the Grant Bates Poster Prize and the People’s Choice for best poster respectively.