International Surgeons’ Course (ISC)

 
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International Surgeons’ Course Highlights

The International Surgeons’ Course is the same as the standard surgeons’ course with the following exceptions: all 14 weekly modules are available anytime during the week to accommodate international time differences; tuition is reduced and there is no travel expense (temporal bone lab not provided.)  Each module includes a reading assignment, recorded lecture (~20 minutes), self-grading knowledge assessment (must pass at 80%), weekly Discussion Board Q & A (comments required), and a live-recorded weekly Web Class including all discussion (60-90 minutes).  Completion of all aspects of the ISC will earn an ICIT Certificate of Participation.

 

To see excerpts from the surgical courses, watch the video below.


 

Prerequisites

Expertise in mastoidectomy and facial recess as well a minimum of 3 cochlear implants completed as primary surgeon are required.

 

 

Didactic Curriculum

THE COMPLEAT CI SURGEON

1. History and Introduction to Cochlear Implantation

2. Applied Surgical Anatomy

3. Cochlea and Central Auditory System

4. Cochlear Implant Audiology for Surgeons

5. Sensorineural Hearing Loss, Auditory Neuropathy & Deficient Cochlear Nerve

6. Imaging: Cochlea & Temporal Bone

7. Cochlear Implant Candidacy

8. Deaf Culture, Ethical Considerations, Meningitis

9. Cochlear Implant Electronics & Signal Processing

10. Bilateral Cochlear Implants, Tinnitus & Single Sided Deafness


SURGICAL TECHNIQUES

11. Incision & Fixation, Avoiding device migration and dural injury

12. Mastoidectomy, Facial Recess, Extended Facial Recess, Promontory

13. Adaptive Cochleostomy & Electrode Insertion for Hearing Conservation

14. Difficult Cases: Ossification, Dysplasia, Very Young Children, Device Failure, Reimplantation


 

International Surgeons' Course

Program Instructor Team

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THOMAS J. BALKANY MD, FACS, FAAP, ICIT DIRECTOR

Hotchkiss Professor and Chairman Emeritus
Professor of Neurological Surgery and Pediatrics
Department of Otolaryngology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

 
 

 

International Surgeon Reviews

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I am able to say with certainty that this course is unique and extremely worthwhile. I already had surgical experience with a number of CIs, but this course was invaluable to take my understanding and skills to the next level.
— Nicholas Jufas, MBBS (Hons), MS, FRACS Past: Neurotology Fellow Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Current: Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Sidney and Macquarie University, Austrialia
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I have found ICIT course to be a wonderful opportunity for cochlear implant surgeons started their carrier as well as those surgeons who have been doing implants for some time and want to improve their skills. Starting from the web classes which are very well organized in terms of content and delivery to the temporal bone lab., everything adds something to your knowledge and skills. I liked the concept of Compleat CI surgeon who should be knowledgeable about every aspect of the subject from basic and applied anatomy to the audiology, radiology, electronics so on and off course different surgical aspects. All these things were covered during the course.
— Muhammad Sohail Awan, Associate Professor, Department of ENT-Head and Neck Surgery, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
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The ICIT course was a great experience for me. Initially, I thought it’s too early in my carrier for this course. But your kind words of encouragement have ignited my interest in this field. It means a lot to me, and I would definitely live up to the expectations. I was indeed very fortunate to be a part of the course.
— Dr. Manusrut, Fellowship in Implant Otology, Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) Christian Medical College (CMC) & Hospital, Vellore, India
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The course is organized in a rational and very didactic way. Dr. Balkany is able to clearly and objectively approach the various aspects of cochlear implant, which makes all lectures interesting and enjoyable to watch. In addition, all the colleagues who took part in the course ask excellent questions, which complements the discussions brilliantly.
— Henrique Furlan Pauna, MD, Otolaryngologist, University of Campinas, Brazil
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It was an excellent experience. Thoroughly enjoyed the course. The intricate details of cochlear implantation were covered in the module and have been put into practice now. Dr. Balkany is a blessed teacher. May God give him good health and longevity to continue this excellent program. I feel every potential CI surgeon should undergo this training. I hope to use this training to build my CI practice and benefit Society.
— Basharat Nadeem, MS, DNB, MNAMS Department of ENT, Bangalore ENT Care Centre, India
Wow! I am so excited to participate in the ICIT Course. It is an excellent course! A very good program with dedicated teachers. My knowledge and my skills have been upgraded so much with new theory and techniques. I learned a lot. I am more confident in my practice and my passion: Cochlear Implant. Thank you so much for your ICIT team! I love you all.
— Lam Huyen Tran, MD, University of Medicine and Pharmacy HCM City, Vietnam
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To every Otologist that’s is interested in the CI field, ICIT is the best place to start!!! Since the beginning of CI implantation and development five-six decades ago, all was covered by the lead instructors in the course. With all their experience, they give the participant all the pearls that one needs to succeed in the field.
— Dr. Eleazar Eduardo Graterón Cedeño, Otology Fellow, Venezuela
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CI is my passion and I spend most of my time learning and practicing in order to do the best things for my patients. It is the best CI training course I have ever attended…The course covers the vast subject of cochlear implantation, the way it is going is marvelous. [The Advanced Surgeon Training Course is] interesting, well taught with excellent web support, and the temporal bone lab is really good.
— Dr. Nhan Le Tu Thanh, City International Hospital, Hochiminh City, Vietnam