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Surgical techniques and procedures relating to the larynx, commonly referred to as the voice box, have become increasingly advanced in the last decade. While this has opened up the opportunity for more advanced patient care, it also poses a challenge to providers in learning new procedures. Last month, the Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery hosted the nation’s first comprehensive laryngeal learning course, designed to teach practicing otolaryngologists and surgical residents new procedures and techniques in a hands-on learning environment.

Seth Dailey, MD, a national expert on voice surgery, is course director for the day-long event. “Our team has refined this course over many years, allowing us to have learners dive right in,” he says.

The University of Wisconsin Laryngeal Dissection Course attracted 25 participants, many of them residents from regional otolaryngology residency programs. Participants learned through the use of lasers, simulators and surgical dissection. Dailey and his course co-directors, J. Scott McMurray, MD, and Timothy McCulloch, MD, have led similar sessions for residents since 2010, but this year was the first year they opened up the course to practicing otolaryngologist and offered the continuing medical education component.

“The participating faculty from the surrounding states make this course special,” Dailey adds.

Dailey is the author of Laryngeal Dissection and Surgery Guide (Thieme, 2013), a leading publication on laryngeal surgery. The Department of Surgery will host the second annual Laryngeal Dissection Course in April 2017. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System