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Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Course

Emory otolaryngology simulation learning lab

Course Overview and Objectives

The Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Course offered by the Department of Otolaryngology of the Emory University School of Medicine is an intensive, five-day course geared towards otologic surgeons and residents. Participants will review surgical anatomy of the temporal bone and explore current concepts in the surgical management of ear disease.

Emphasis will be placed upon temporal bone drilling. Temporal bone surgical technique will address chronic ear disease, stapedectomy, ossicular reconstruction, facial nerve exposure, vestibular surgery, transmastoid labyrinthectomy, internal auditory canal dissection, cochlear and bone-anchored implant surgery as well as intact canal wall and canal wall down mastoidectomy. Radiology and histology of the temporal bone will also be covered.

Course Dates

Upcoming workshop dates will be posted upon confirmation.

Laboratory Design and Equipment

Our twelve-station state-of-the-art surgical dissection laboratory has been designed for use by many surgical specialties and subspecialties, including otologic, sinus, laryngeal, dental, maxillofacial, neurosurgical, dermatologic, orthopaedic, vascular, and ophthalmologic disciplines. Each station is equipped with Global surgical microscopes, wide screen flat video monitors, high speed Anspach drilling systems, Medtronic surgical instruments, and outlets for suction and water.

Course Director

Esther X. Vivas, MD

Course Faculty

Malcolm D. Graham, MD

Candace Hobson, MD

Douglas E. Mattox, MD

C. Arturo Solares, MD

N. Wendell Todd, MD


The Emory University School of Medicine—which is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians—designates this educational activity for a maximum of 40AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Registration fees include breakfast, refreshments, luncheons, course materials, and use of laboratory equipment and supplies. Each participant will be provided with four fresh cadaveric temporal bones for dissection throughout the week.

$2,000 for physicians in practice

$1,700 for residents (with email from program director)

Cancellation Policy

  1. $300 processing fee for any cancellation.

  2. 75% refund + $300 processing fee noted in #1 if cancelled more than three months from course start date.

  3. 50% refund + $300 processing fee noted in #1 for cancellations made no more than three months and no less than 14 days from course start date.

  4. No refund for cancellations made less than 14 days from course start date.

Transfer Policy

  1. No charge to transfer a registration to another scheduled course date if the request is received more than three months from the course start date.

  2. $300 processing fee will be applied to transfer a registration to another scheduled course date if made within 90 days of the course start date.

  3. Transfer of a participant registration is permissible one time only.

Course Location and Contact

The lab is located at Emory University Hospital Midtown, 550 Peachtree Street, in the Davis Fischer Building, Room 2315, Atlanta, Georgia, 30308.

Please contact or call 404.686.8184 with any questions or concerns.


To register online, please click here.

Go here for additional registration information.

Residents: Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of an email from your program director to that confirms your active enrollment in an approved residency education program.

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