Cape Temporal Bone Course 2024

  Course Information

Upcoming Course

Cape Temporal Bone Course: 17 - 20 April, 2024

Course Overview

Lectures. discussions and demonstrations

  • Anatomy of the Temporal Bone
  • Detailed endoscopic anatomy of the middle ear
  • Myringo/Tympanoplasty
  • Ossiculoplasty and sound conduction
  • Assessing the ear with COM
  • Evidence-based management of otitis media
  • Logical cholesteatoma surgery
  • Insights into clinical Audiology
  • Temporal bone radiology
  • Endoscopic ear surgery: techniques and tips
  • Laser-assisted stapedioplasty
  • Cartilage use in ear surgery
  • Otology and Audiology case studies
  • Mastoid obliteration techniques
  • Approach to the Superior Semicircular Canal and Internal Auditory Canal

Temporal bone dissections: “Hands-on”

  • Endoscopic middle ear surgery
  • Tympanotomy
  • Ossiculoplasty
  • Cortical Mastoidectomy
  • Posterior tympanotomy
  • Transcanal retrotympanotomy
  • Modified/radical mastoidectomy
  • Mastoid obliteration techniques
  • Attico-antrostomy
  • Exposure of mastoid segment of facial nerve
  • Exposure of semicircular canals
  • Exposing the round window, and Cochleostomy
  • Cartilage use in reconstruction of the tympanic membrane and epitympanum

Other features of the course

  • 2 Cadaveric Temporal Bones per delegate
  • Instrumentation by Storz & Medtronic; microscopes by Zeiss and Leica
  • 50% Supervised dissection time
  • 50% Discussion/Presentation time
  • Daily transport provided, and assistance in arranging accommodation
  • Sponsored social evenings


Download Temporal Bone Course Programme

Download Temporal Bone Dissection Manual

Course Objectives


  • To gain an appreciation of temporal bone anatomy
  • To acquire the skills for middle ear and mastoid surgery
  • To gain a 3-D perspective of the positions of the facial nerve and semicircular canals
  • To gain insight into decision-making in otologic surgery.


The Course work takes place at the Faculty of Medicine, Tygerberg Campus, in Parow, a suburb in the northern part of Cape Town.

The social events take place in the Green Point and Waterfront area of Cape Town – which is also where we recommend you stay, and from where we arrange transport to the Course each day.

Please do not make the mistake of thinking that the course takes place at Stellenbosch, which is a town north of Cape Town. It takes place in the suburb of Parow/Tygerberg, a northern suburb of Cape Town but still within the Cape Town city limits.

Accommodation for the Course:

We recommend you stay in the Green Point / De Waterkant / V&A Waterfront /Cape Town Central areas of Cape Town. This is because all the social events happen there, and because it is a very attractive and interesting part of Cape Town.


We offer transport to- and from the Course each day. However please note that we can only transport you to and from the Course if you stay in the Green Point / De Waterkant / V&A Waterfront /Cape Town Central areas of Cape Town, as mentioned above. We may also ask you to walk a short distance to a shared pick-up point in order to make the transport arrangements efficient.


Anatomy Department
FISAN Building
Faculty of Medicine
Tygerberg Hospital Campus
Francie Van Zijl Dr
Cape Town

Registration information

AFRICAN (including South African) delegates:
  Temporal Bone Registration Form 2024

Please download and complete the registration form and email to:

For any further enquiries please contact:
Nawaal Abrahams
021 938 9041
081 552 6896

NON-AFRICAN delegates:
  Cape Non African registration form 2023

Please download and complete the registration form and email to:

For any further enquiries please contact:
Professor George Browning


Professor James Loock

Professor and Head of Department of Tygerberg ENT
Dr Marc Merven

Professor George G Browning

Professor of Otolaryngology
Professor Claude Laurent

ENT-Unit, Dept. of Clinical Science, University of Umea, Sweden
Dr Elnemarie Burden

Dr louis Hofmeyr

Dr Ola Basson


The courses are run with the invaluable support of the sponsors, without which it would be difficult to supply the high quality of equipment and facilities that are of such importance in a course like this.