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7th Annual Seattle Otology & Rhinology Course

March 9th-11th, 2017

Seattle Science Foundation
550 17th Avenue, James Tower, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98122


The S.O.A.R. course is designed for practicing otolaryngologists to deepen their knowledge and improve their technical abilities in paranasal sinus and otological surgery. The agenda has been designed based on feedback from course assessments from the past 10-years. Long lecture segments have been replaced with added time in the anatomical laboratory supplemented by brief topical presentations related to the current dissections. Self-paced learning is emphasized. This 3-day intensive course will reinforce standard treatments and will introduce delegates to leading edge technologies, surgical techniques, and biomaterials. The goal of the course is to optimize the time each participant is taking away from their practice by building confidence to address more complicated pathology in the paranasal sinuses and temporal bone.

This hands-on training experience will provide unique opportunities for surgical technique application and will focus on caring for patients with ear and sinus disorders. Four different tracks will be offered to allow delegates to tailor their experience to their clinical needs. For the tracks including laboratory dissection, participants will have their own specimen and dissection station (including image guidance) for lab sessions.

Registration Information

Track 1:  3-day Rhinology, Otology Lab & Lecture - All Day Thursday to Saturday
$1,495  [SOLD OUT]
Track 2:  Rhinology Lab & Lecture - Half Day Friday, All Day Saturday
$1,095 [SOLD OUT]
Track 3:  Otology Lab & Lecture - All Day Thursday, Half Day Friday
$595 [SOLD OUT]
Track 4:  Didactic Lectures in Rhinology & Otology - All Day Friday

Needs Statement

Substantial advancements have been made in the last decade with regards to the medical and surgical treatment of patients with ear and sinus disorders. However, with rapid changes in treatment, there exists a tremendous need for continued medical education regarding surgical approaches, techniques, and new technologies. Providers need to be updated and trained in these modalities in order to develop effective treatment plans for their patients, ultimately improving patient care and outcomes.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for practicing otolaryngologists, otologists, rhinologists, nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants in the United States who would like to broaden their scope of practice in the medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the paranasal sinuses, eustachian tubes and temporal bone.


  • Apply a step-wise approach for cholesteatoma eradication and middle ear reconstruction
  • Recognize the basic middle ear mechanics behind various middle ear reconstructions
  • Recognize the key anatomic danger areas in labyrinthectomy
  • Develop a standardized workup for conductive hearing loss patients
  • Identify opportunities and limitations for imaging implantable devices
  • Review current and future technology under development designed to treat hearing loss
  • Outline current hearing preservation outcomes from cochlear implantations
  • Outline a standardized approach to second stage reconstruction of the middle ear and chronic ear surgery
  • Evaluate the dizzy patient through history, physical exam, and treatment plan development
  • Discuss the many medical issues that are challenging to treat in chronic sinus disease
  • Explore the most up-to-date advances and surgical techniques in Rhinology
  • Identify the controversies in the medical management of patients with chronic sinusitis
  • Discuss the optimal surgical approaches to treating chronic rhinosinusitis
  • Recognize the danger areas within the sinus anatomy
  • Appreciate the techniques used to minimize complications for frontal and sphenoid sinus surgery
  • Recognize how to medically and surgically approach the most challenging rhinology cases presented by the experts

CME Information

Accreditation with Commendation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Swedish Medical Center and the Seattle Science Foundation. Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Swedish Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This symposium is financially supported in part by educational grants in accordance with ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support.  At the time of this printing, a complete listing of commercial supporters was not available.  Appropriate acknowledgment will be given to all supporters at the time of the symposium.


The Seattle Science Foundation is located at 550 17th Avenue, James Tower, Suite 600 in Seattle, Washington. Parking is available in the garage on 16th Avenue between Cherry and Jefferson at a maximum fee of $16.50.  From I-5 (northbound and southbound), take the James Street exit.  Travel east on James Street.  James will become Cherry Street.  Turn right (south) on 16th Avenue.  Turn right into the main garage entrance.


Phone:      (206) 732-6500
Fax:           (206) 732-6599

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