International Symposium: Endoscopic Ear Surgery and Current Advances in Otology


Thursday, September 14, 2017 to Friday, September 15, 2017


DoubleTree - University Area

This activity will address the interest and needs of surgeons that have already developed endoscopic surgical experience, as well as surgeons new to this surgical approach.


The field of Otology is undergoing a profound change.  A New Era has begun.

Endoscopic Ear Surgery, Eustachian tube dilation procedures and new imaging modalities are changing the way we treat patients with ear disease.  With enriched knowledge and improved surgical access, we are moving to the New Era of “functional ear surgery” with focus on structure preservation and decreased rate of invasive approaches.

The most prominent international experts and researchers in the field of endoscopic ear surgery and contemporary otology are gathering to present, discuss and explore the current dilemmas in treating ear disease through focused lectures, mini-seminars and interactive round table discussions. View agenda.


This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of regional, national and international audience of Otolaryngologists and other clinicians involved in the management of otologic and neurotologic diseases. It will have a large focus on endoscopic ear surgery and will address the interest and needs of surgeons that have already developed endoscopic surgical experience, as well as surgeons new to this surgical approach.


  • A large International faculty of leading experts in the field of Endoscopic Ear Surgery.
  • “How Do I Do It” sessions: our invited faculty will each present a short video clip of the same surgical step in otologic surgery to show different surgical techniques and approaches. 
  • “Clinical Cases Round Table Discussion” sessions: we will present various clinical case scenarios with pre-operative photographic documentation, imaging and hearing tests and have a panel discussion on the management of the cases with interactive participation by the audience through the audio response system (ARS).
  • “Neuroradiology Quiz Bowl”: Imaging of otologic and skull base pathologies will be presented to the faculty in an interactive game of answering questions and management options with participation of the audience through ARS.
  • Live Cadaveric Skype Session: A temporal bone specimen will be dissected through an endoscopic approach at the U of M lab and a live skype session will be televised in the auditorium with interactive participation with questions and answers from the audience to the surgeon performing the dissection.
  • Video Demonstrations: Faculty experts will utilize concise brief surgical videos to illustrate challenging cases with discussion and rationale for management.

Educational objectives

Following completion of this activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Evaluate the options available for the diagnosis and management of chronic otitis media, cholesteatoma, hearing loss, eustachian tube disorders, middle ear tumors, and skull base lesions.
  • Use evidence-based information to counsel patients regarding risks, benefits, and alternatives to medical and surgical treatment for chronic ear disease and hearing loss.
  • Explain the principles, indications, risks and surgical techniques of endoscopic ear surgery and eustachian tube dilation procedures.
  • Order and interpret preoperative radiologic imaging to diagnose and treat otologic disorders.
  • Describe the surgical anatomy of the temporal bone with emphasis on pathophysiology of ventilation pathways.
  • Illustrate the principles and indications for transcanal endoscopic approach to middle ear pathology, discuss safe techniques, and apply risk reduction methods

Presented by

University of Minnesota Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery  


Manuela Fina, MD

Associate Director

Meredith Adams, MD



Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Healthcare Professionals

Other healthcare professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit their statement of participation to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit.  The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.


Early rate: On or before July 10, 2017

Physician $450
Other Healthcare Professionals $200
Resident/Fellow $200
Medical Industry Professional $550


Regular rate: After July 10, 2017

Physician $550
Other Healthcare Professionals $250
Resident/Fellow $250
Medical Industry Professional $650

Registration fees include continental breakfast, lunch, morning/afternoon breaks as well as an attendee dinner on Thursday evening.

Group Discount

At least 3 registrations from the same group must be submitted to receive a $20 discount per person. Register each person separately online and enter group discount code 3GRP16 into the discount box during checkout. Or email the completed group registration form to NO refunds will be issued if a person from a group has to cancel or does not show up at the conference. Normal refund policy applies for complete group cancellations.


Special needs such as dietary restrictions, lactation room, etc. should be indicated in advance; requests cannot always be honored on site.

How to Register


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DoubleTree Minneapolis, University Area
511 Huron Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 504-3000


The hotel does not offer onsite self-parking; however, underground valet parking is available at a daily rate of $12, or an overnight rate of $22 per night plus tax, which includes 24-hour in and out privileges. There are some nearby options for self-parking with varying fees, including Oak Street Ramp within 3 blocks of the hotel - maximum daily rate $12. Several parking ramps are also available on the University’s campus. Access to parking facilities varies.


Acknowledgement of Support

We gratefully acknowledge the following organizations for their financial contributions to this activity:

  • Acclarent
  • Cochlear Americas
  • Cook Medical
  • Grace Medical, Inc.
  • Kurz Medical
  • Mizuho America, Inc.
  • Otonomy, Inc.
  • Piezosurgery Incorporated
  • Preceptis Medical
  • Spiggle & Theis Medizintechnik + Jedmed
  • Stryker
  • Xoran Technologies

(List current as of 08/11/17)