Upcoming Course

18th Cape Temporal Bone Course: 19th, 20th, 21st April 2018

Course Overview

Lecture demonstrations

  • Myringo/Tympanoplasty
  • Ossiculoplasty
  • Surgery for CSOM, including techniques to optimise mastoid cavities
  • Insights into clinical Audiology
  • Temporal bone radiology
  • Endoscopic ear surgery
  • Laser-assisted stapedioplasty
  • Cartilage use in ear surgery
  • Evidence-based management of otitis media
Temporal bone dissections: “Hands-on”

  • Ossiculoplasty
  • Cortical Mastoidectomy
  • Posterior tympanotomy
  • Modified/ radical mastoidectomy
  • Attico-antrostomy
  • Exposure of mastoid segment of facial nerve
  • Exposure of semicircular canals
  • Cochleostomy
Other features of the course

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


Download Temporal Bone Course Programme (PDF)

DownloadTemporal Bone Dissection Manual (PDF)

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 2018

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 2018

Please download and complete the registration form and email to:

For any further enquiries please contact:
Professor George Browning

Course hosted in association with The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa

Professor James Loock

Professor and Head of Department of Tygerberg ENT

Professor George G Browning

Professor of Otolaryngology

Professor Claude Laurent

ENT-Unit, Dept. of Clinical Science, University of Umeĺ, Sweden

Prof Louis Hofmeyr
(Guest Speaker)

Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Pretoria


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.



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