Establishing a temporal bone laboratory: considerations for ENT specialist training

Ir J Med Sci. 2009 Dec;178(4):393-5. doi: 10.1007/s11845-009-0373-x.

Abstract

Cadaveric temporal bone dissection in a temporal bone laboratory is a vital component in training safe, competent otorhinolaryngologists. Recent controversies pertaining to organ retention have resulted in a more limited supply of temporal bones. Consequently, current trainees are dissecting far fewer bones than their consultants. We discuss the establishment of a temporal bone laboratory in the Department of Anatomy in the University College Cork, from the timely preparation and preservation of the tissue to its disposal. Comparisons are drawn between our experience and that of the United States training schemes. The temporal bone laboratory in Cork is the only one in existence in Ireland. The exposure and experience obtained by registrars rotating through Cork, has resulted in noticeable improvements in their operative abilities. The temporal bone laboratory remains a core component to training. It is hoped that this article may facilitate other units overcoming obstacles to establish a temporal bone laboratory.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cadaver
  • Dissection
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / methods
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Laboratories / organization & administration*
  • Otolaryngology / education*
  • Otorhinolaryngologic Surgical Procedures / education*
  • Temporal Bone*