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Temporal Bone Course

This extensive five-day course is designed as a complete temporal bone dissection course for a resident or fellow in training or as an update for the practicing otolaryngologist.

Emphasis is on providing the physician with a conceptual understanding of the three-dimensional temporal bone anatomy with intensive hands-on dissection under faculty supervision for six hours daily, rather than observation of videotapes or live surgery.

Upon completion of the course, participants will have a better understanding of clinical decision making and improved basic temporal bone dissection skills. Dissection exercises include:

  • Canal wall down mastoidectomy
  • Facial nerve decompression
  • Facial recess dissection
  • Intact canal wall mastoidectomy
  • Meatoplasty
  • Middle cranial fossa and lateral approaches to the temporal bone
  • Ossicular reconstruction
  • Stapedectomy
  • Translabyrinthine approach to internal auditory canal
  • Transmastoid labyrinthectomy
  • Tympanoplasty
2024 Course Dates

The course is offered four times a year and is limited to 14 physicians per course. Please note the cancellation and refund policy has changed as of October 2023. Please review prior to registering.

Program Schedule

U-M faculty and prominent visiting professors contribute their expertise in the laboratory and through daily lectures. Lecture topics are listed below. Three additional lectures will be provided on other pertinent topics by the distinguished guest professor. We begin promptly at 8 am in the Temporal Bone Lab, Room 4643 in the Med Sci II Building.


  • 8 am - Welcome/Drilling Instruction and Topographic Anatomy
  • 9 am - Temporal Bone Dissection: Cortical Mastoidectomy, Canalplasty and Middle Ear
  • 12 pm - Lunch/Chronic Otitis Media and Mastoid Procedures
  • 1 pm - Temporal Bone Dissection: Canal Wall Down Mastoidectomy, Facial Nerve Dissection and Endolymphatic Sac
  • 4 pm - Radiology of the Ear and Temporal Bone


  • 8 am - Tympanoplasty Techniques
  • 9 am - Temporal Bone Dissection: Intact Canal Wall Mastoidectomy, Facial Recess Approach and Transmastoid Labyrinthectomy
  • 12 pm - Lunch/Otosclerosis and Stapedectomy
  • 1 pm - Temporal Bone Dissection: Facial Nerve Decompression and Endolymphatic Sac
  • 4 pm - Cochlear Implant Basics


  • 8 am - Neurotologic Skull Base Surgery
  • 9 am - Temporal Bone Dissection: Translabyrinthine Approach to IAC, and ICW Mastoidectomy and Cochleostomy
  • 12 pm - Lunch/Surgical Treatment of Facial Nerve Disorders
  • 1 pm - Temporal Bone Dissection: Middle Cranial Fossa Approach, and Middle Ear and Eustachian Tube from Above
  • 5 pm - Lecture by Guest Faculty


  • 7 am - Grand Rounds: Guest Faculty
  • 8 am - Temporal Bone Dissection: Tympanomeatal Flap, Middle Ear Exploration, Stapedectomy and Ossicular Chain Reconstruction
  • 12 pm - Lunch/Lecture by Guest Faculty
  • 1 pm - Elective Temporal Bone Dissection Activities
  • 4 pm - Temporal Bone Anatomy/Embryology; Common Clinical Pathology


  • 8 am - Vestibular Disorders & Medical Management
  • 9 am - Temporal Bone Dissection: Extended Facial Recess Approach, Lateral Temporal Bone Resection
  • 12 pm - Lunch/ Vestibular Surgery & Patient Disorders
  • 1 pm - Temporal Bone Dissection: Facial Nerve Mobilization, Approaches to Petrous Apex and Infratemporal Fossa Approach to Skull Base
  • 1:30 pm - Optional Vestibular Testing Lab Tour
  • 4 pm - Adjournment
Travel & Accommodations


The laboratory is located at 1150 W. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109


  • The closest airport is Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW)

Airport Transportation

  • Reliable Airport Service: 734-260-8615 - please call ahead to pre-arrange service and they keep track of your flight to ensure they are at the airport when you land
  • Uber or Lyft Apps will also provide transportation to and from the airport


  • Amtrak Train station within walking distance of the laboratory

Ann Arbor has many options for accommodations. A few choices are:

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Contact Us
Abby Pollak
Course Coordinator
Faculty Instructors
Emily Stucken Emily Stucken
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Program Assistant
Otolaryngology Education Lead
user Henry Arts, MD user Gregory Basura MD Gregory Basura
Associate Professor
Hussam K. El-Kashlan Hussam K El-Kashlan
John L Kemink M.D. Professor of Neurotology
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Associate Chair, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Section Chair, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
profile-marc-thorne-2019 Marc C Thorne, MD, MPH, FACS
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Associate Chair, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Medical Director, Section Head and Service Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Otolaryngology Pediatric Services
Education and Quality
Christopher Welch Christopher M Welch
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Program Associate, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery