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6th Annual Seattle Otology & Advanced Rhinology Course

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March 10-12, 2016

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. 

During lunch and the evening reception on Friday, delegates will have the opportunity to review the latest technologies related to ear and sinus surgery in the ENT Exploratorium.  Please note: No CME credits will be available for this two hour session.

Registration Information

Track 1:  3-day Rhinology, Otology Lab & Lecture - All Day Thursday to Saturday
$1,495 (After March 3 - $1,525)
Track 2:  Rhinology Lab & Lecture - All Day Thursday to Half Day Friday
$1,095 (After March 3 - $1,125)
Track 3:  Otology Lab & Lecture - Half Day Friday to All Day Saturday
$595 (After March 3 - $625)
Track 4:  Didactic Lectures in Rhinology & Otology - All Day Friday
$195 (After March 3 - $225)

Needs Statement

Over the past ten years, there have been several substantial improvements in the treatment of patients with ear and sinus disorders. There is a need to gain knowledge and skills with these new advances to enable the otolaryngologist to treat patients with these disorders safely and more effectively.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for practicing otolaryngologists, otologists, rhinologists, nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, Montana, and California 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.


  • Identify important surgical anatomic landmarks for surgery on the sinuses and review complication avoidance.
  • Discuss balloon sinuplasty indications, surgical equipment, and application
  • Identify the indications for endoscopic medial maxillectomy and demonstrate its application.
  • Practice techniques to perform safe orbital and optic nerve decompression surgery.
  • Recognize the indications for canthotomy/cantholysis.
  • Recognize the complex anatomy of the sella turcica,the anatomy of the suprasellar approach and the relationship to the cavernous sinus.
  • Apply emerging techniques of endoscopic approaches to the anterior skull base.
  • Recognize the role of modified endoscopic Lothrop procedure for treatment of recalcitrant frontal sinus disease.
  • Recognize how to medically and surgically approach the most challenging rhinology cases presented by the experts.
  • Distinguish the causes of surgical failure and how to avoid them.
  • Recognize the danger areas within the sinus anatomy.
  • Distinguish how to avoid surgical complications by understanding the most common surgical errors that lead to those complications. 
  • Apply the most up-to-date advances and surgical techniques in rhinology.
  • Recognize the key anatomic landmarks for skull base surgery.
  • Identify key aspects of medical and surgical therapies for treating sinus disease.
  • Explain the current state of genetic treatments for hearing loss.

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 24.75 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