“Practice makes a man perfect” are the words our teachers time and again tell us. Temporal bone dissection is the best example of the saying for all otorhinolaryngologists to enhance their surgical skills in the field of Otology. It is mandatory for all young otorhinolaryngologists to perform dissections for a better understanding of the middle ear anatomy and its relations with important adjacent structures. AOI Gurugram in Association with the Department of ENT & Head-Neck Surgery, FMHS, SGT University (Under the Aegis of Haryana Chapter of AOI) successfully organized their first “Hands-On Wet Temporal Bone Dissection Workshop” at SGT University on 19-20th November 2022.
The organizing chairman, Dr. Vikas Kakkar (Prof & HOD, Department ENT, FMHS, SGT University), and the organizing secretary, Dr. Sarvejeet Singh (Consultant ENT Surgeon & Managing Director, Sarman Hospital and Institute, Gurugram) received a very overwhelming response on the day of announcement of this workshop. Entries for dissectors had to close within 24 hours of the announcement of the workshop.
Among the 90 doctors who registered for the workshop, 39 young dissectors and observers came from 7 states of the nation: Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi.
20 dissection stations were made (twice the usual at the majority of the conferences), and each dissector was given an individual temporal bone to dissect.
On the eve of the workshop, eminent guest faculty including Dr. J.C. Passey, Dr.Surinder Singhal, Dr. Abhinav Shrivastava, Dr. Prashant Bharadwaj & Dr. Raman Sharma, alumni faculty & alumni post-graduate students of the department of ENT & Head-Neck Surgery, FMHS, SGT University, and delegates along with the members of AOI Gurugram were welcomed and accommodated in the campus guest house followed by a pre-conference networking dinner.
Day 1 of the workshop commenced with registration and breakfast for all the faculty, delegates, and team members followed by a warm welcome address by Dr. Vikas Kakkar. Eminent guest faculty of various medical colleges from all over the country were welcomed and felicitated. Various lectures on temporal anatomy were delivered by the eminent senior and guest faculties in attendance. The inaugural ceremony took place in the gracious presence of Dr OP Sachdeva, Dr Sansar Chand Sharma, and various heads of departments at FMHS, SGT University. The temporal bone dissection session commenced with a live demonstration of basic otological procedures- Myringotomy with grommet insertion, stapedotomy, and cortical mastoidectomy under the expert guidance of Dr. S.P.S. Yadav, Dr. JC Passey, Dr. O.P. Sachdeva, Dr. Jagdeepak Singh, Dr. Aditya Bhargava, Dr. Gautam Bir Singh, Dr. Kapil Sikka, and Dr. Abhinav Shrivastava and experience of AOI Gurugram & AOI Haryana members like Dr. Ravinder Gera, Dr. Prashant Bhardwaj, Dr. Jatin Verma, Dr. Bhushan Patil, Dr. Ashutosh Nangia, Dr. Kanwar Singh and Dr. Rupender Ranga.
Day 1 concluded with a delicious Gala Dinner at Crown Plaza Hotel, Gurugram.
On day 2, the young and keen dissectors were at their stations from 8 am onwards ready to learn more about the temporal bone through a live demonstration of modified radical mastoidectomy, facial nerve decompression, and cochleostomy. The special highlight of day 2 was a live demonstration of the Veria technique for Cochlear Implant surgery by Padmashree Dr. (Prof) JM Hans, a pioneer in cochlear implant surgery in India.
At the end of the workshop, all the dissected bones were reviewed by the expert senior faculty of the nation including Dr. Ravi Meher, Dr. Ishwar Singh, Dr. Uma Garg, Dr. Ravi Bhatia, & Dr. Lalit Hasija.
The workshop concluded with felicitation of all the guest faculties, delegates, and the organizing committee of SGT and AOI Gurugram. The organizing chairman, Dr. Vikas Kakkar, the organizing secretary, Dr. Sarvejeet Singh, the entire organizing team with tremendous and relentless effort, dedication, and teamwork, and the enthusiastic young ENT Surgeons made this workshop a success. Very warm and encouraging feedback is still being received by the organizing committee.