The forthcoming RSM Otology section programme promises to deliver a series of forward-looking and thought-provoking meetings.
The year begins in November with personal insights from incoming Section President, Richard Irving, about the influences on his practice and his career in otology and neurotology. The Edith Whetnall Lecture will be delivered by Prof Al-Khabori, who will explain how genetic research, the introduction of neonatal screening and cochlear implantation has transformed the lives of children with hearing impairment in Oman.
Controversy is the theme of the December meeting with contributions led by Peter Rea (balance services), Simon Freeman (cochlear implantation) and James Tysome (why bother with the Eustachian tube?). The meeting will end with a debate on the critical issue of otologic training; whether competency in major ear surgery should remain a CCT requirement.
The new year begins with the February meeting, focused on novel treatments for patients with facial paralysis, with talks from Sally Glover (Specialist Facial Physiotherapist) and Tessa Hadlock (facial reanimation surgery, Boston). Patrick Axon will then lead a panel discussing the management of the facial nerve in difficult cases.
March sees the annual showcase of current trainee research in the short paper section, as well as a focus on the wider issue of research and academic careers in otology. Two speakers will compare and contrast the situation in the UK and USA, with insights from Peter Monksfield (Birmingham) and Lawrence Lustig (New York).
The final meeting in May is themed ‘Technology and the Future.’ Chris Coulson (Birmingham) will compare robots to surgeons, and Professor David Baguley (Nottingham) will discuss his perspective on the future of audiology.
The year will close with the JLO Lecture delivered by Stanford Professor of Otorhinolaryngology and Neurosurgery, Robert Jackler, providing further insights into what the future holds for the next generation of ear and hearing specialists.
We look forward to seeing many of you at the RSM Otology meetings in the year ahead!