U-M Hosts ORL Essentials Boot Camp

For the third consecutive year, the U-M Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery sponsored an ORL (otorhinolaryngology) Essentials Boot Camp in July 2014 on the Ann Arbor campus. U-M is one of only a handful of institutions to offer the simulation course; U-M instructors also travel to serve as faculty instructions at other boot camps. The course is open to first and second year otolaryngology residents from around the country. Participants benefit from a 1:3 faculty-to-student ratio.

Thirty-four participants learned airway management from intubation to tracheostomy, drainage of peritonsillar abscess, myringotomy with tube insertion, adenoidectomy and basic sinus surgery skills. Through hands-on experience using high technology mannequins, they assessed their on-call readiness and management of common ORL emergency scenarios.

Throughout the one-day boot camp, emphasis is placed on experience and practice rather than lectures and formal didactics, leaving participants with increased comfort and confidence as they embark on their early careers. 

The 2014 curriculum included:

  • Direct Laryngoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Cricothyrotomy
  • Adult Tracheostomy
  • Pediatric Tracheostomy
  • Myringotomy Tubes
  • PTA Drainage
  • Complex Scenarios

The 2015 course is scheduled for July 11, 2015. To learn more, contact department communications manager Amanda Thatcher at 734-936-8003.