Advanced Techniques in Cochlear Implantation

Hands-on Dissection Course for Fellows and Senior Residents

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Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Meltzer Auditorium, 3rd floor
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114

Designed for neurotology fellows, pediatric otolaryngology fellows, and senior residents who will become the next generation of cochlear implant surgeons, this all-expenses-paid, one-day course will provide hands-on dissection for cochlear implantation (CI) in the state-of-the-art, Joseph B. Nadol, Jr., MD, Surgical Training Laboratory at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Participants will receive instruction and perform dissections under the guidance of Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School faculty and guest faculty, with a high instructor to participant ratio for personalized teaching. The day will also feature brief didactic lectures and panel discussions focused on surgical techniques in CI, CI outcomes, and CI candidate selection. Finally, we will have next generation 3-D exoscope technology available for practice dissection and CI electrode placement without the need for a microscope.

Course Information

All US and Canadian neurotology fellows, pediatric otolaryngology fellows, otology fellows, and senior residents (PGY-3, -4, or -5) applying for or intending to apply for these fellowships are invited and encouraged to apply. Application only requires submitting the form below. Apply early as space is limited to 24 participants. 

Priority for acceptance into the course will be to include fellows/residents from as many institutions as possible, then by level of training (fellows, then residents), and date of the application submission. Confirmation of enrollment will be done on rolling basis, and you should receive a response within two weeks. Please do not buy plane tickets or make travel plans until your enrollment is confirmed. 

If accepted, plane ticket cost (up to $500), two nights hotel stay in Boston near Mass. Eye and Ear (for those coming from out of town), and course fee will be covered.

Course Co-Directors

Alicia M. Quesnel, MD
Daniel J. Lee, MD, FACS

Guest Faculty

Oliver Adunka, MD, FACS

Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School Faculty

Ronald de Venecia, MD, PhD
David H. Jung, MD, PhD
Daniel J. Lee, MD, FACS
Leila A. Mankarious, MD
Alicia M. Quesnel, MD
Steven D. Rauch, MD
Aaron K. Remenschneider, MD, MPH
Felipe Santos, MD
Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD, FACS
D. Bradley Welling, MD, PhD, FACS


Contact Alicia Quesnel, MD, at with questions regarding the course.

This course is sponsored by Advanced Bionics Corporation and Medtronics Corporation. We will use cochlear implants and electrodes from Advanced Bionics and drills from Medtronics for the surgical dissection laboratory sessions.