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This three-day course is targeted towards practicing otolaryngologists, fellows, senior residents and other health care professionals (i.e. nurses and physician assistants) who wish to enhance their knowledge on the most current medical and surgical management of paranasal sinus diseases/conditions. It will also focus on teaching surgical techniques and relevant anatomy for basic and advanced endoscopic sinus surgery, as well as management of complications. The program consists of didactic lectures, panel discussions, and hands on dissection led by local and invited faculty.

Course Objectives

Following the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify endoscopic and radiologic sinonasal anatomy
  • Describe the current pathophysiological concepts of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS)
  • Discuss medical and surgical management of common paranasal sinus disease/conditions
  • Formulate strategies to manage difficult CRS cases
  • Understand approach to primary and revision sinus surgery, as well as indications and contraindications to basic and advanced endoscopic sinus surgery techniques
  • Identify strategies to work-up and manage sinonasal tumours
  • Review complications of sinus surgery and their proper management

Course Schedule

Day 1: Lectures and panels (1/2 day): Review of pathophysiology of CRS, relevant anatomy, medical management of CRS, interventions for non-allergic rhinitis, and approach to primary and revision sinus surgery

Course Dinner after Day 1: Symposium on Use of Biologics in CRS

Day 2: Lectures and panels: Evaluation of nasal obstruction, radiology review, pediatric rhinosinusitis, approach to sinonasal tumours, and management of post-operative complications; Anatomical Specimen Prosection / Hands-on dissection

Day 3: Anatomical Specimen Prosection/Hands-on dissection


This activity is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) and an Accredited Simulation Activity (Section 3) as defined by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Maintenance of Certification Program (MOC). Participants must claim a number of hours in accordance with the duration of participation.