A successful AONeuro Skull Base Dissection Course and Skull Base Trauma Symposium 

AONeuro recently held a successful Skull Base Dissection Course and Skull Base Trauma Symposium in Vienna, Austria.

From October 17-20, the AONeuro—Skull Base Dissection course was held in Vienna, Austria, as well as an International Interdisciplinary Symposium on Skull Base Trauma.

Skull Base Dissection course
Based on the competencies defined in AONeuro’s new curriculum for skull base and features, the AONeuro—Skull Base Dissection course took place at the historic and inspiring Billrothhaus. The practical sessions were conducted at the Surgical Training Center at the Department for Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Medical University of Vienna, which was organized by the Neurosurgical Department of Vienna.

Chaired by Professor Christian Matula, and featuring an international faculty of experts, the course content was delivered through multiple approaches to participants from Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, South Korea, and Sweden.

AONeuro Skull Base Dissection Course, Vienna 2016

Innovative 3-D anatomy lectures by Professor Lewis covered building the skull base, transfrontal and transbasal anatomy, endoscopic skull base views, middle cranial fossa, the cerebellopontine angle, and the far lateral approach. This brought forth learning in a new manner, and emphasized the importance of anatomy focuses on clinical relevance. The dissection portion of the course covered the most common microsurgical and endoscopic approaches in a systematically guided manner. Additionally, a "Dissection Guide" was distributed to participants. This served as a guidebook and provided step-by-step explanations. It also contained additional information based on best practice medicine. 

AONeuro Skull Base Dissection Course, Vienna 2016

Skull base trauma symposium
On the last day of the course, a symposium on skull base trauma focused on epidemiology, enhanced diagnostics, new classification, modern ways of treatment, guidelines, and future trends. The sessions included topics from Advanced Radiological Diagnostic in Skull Base Trauma (H Ringl) to Skull Base Fractures and CSF Leak Management (C Matula), and Trauma to the Craniocervical Junction and Upper Spine (C Thomé). These were followed by interactive, moderated case discussions. 


Feedback from the participants—motivational, unique, fantastic

The feedback from the participants has been very enthusiastic, ranging from statements like: “Congratulations! A very, very, very good and fantastic course!” to “Outstanding cases and lectures.” and “The best cadaver course I attended.”

Participant Oriol Bermejo (Spain), shared: “In my daily practice, I need to do skull base approaches, as my main activities are head and neck trauma and oncological surgery. This made the cadaver practice at this course very important and useful for me.”

Participant Aqeel Chaudhry (Thailand), shared: “Very professional staff and faculty. We were really good taken care of. Well prepared staff.”

Participant Alena Aigelsreiter (Austria), shared: “The 3D anatomy, lectures, and dissections were outstanding!!! Really great job of the faculty and the AO!!!”

Christian Matula, who organized and chaired the event in Vienna stated: “There’s nothing more to say and add on if you got such outstanding feedback and evaluations. They stand for themselves! I’m more than happy and very thankful to our “learners,” who motivated us to give the best we can. I’m extremely thankful to my wonderful team here in Austria for the unbelievable work they are doing every day. I’m deeply honoured and pleased to work with them. Many thanks also to the AO Foundation, in particular to AONeuro for giving us the chance to organize such wonderful, memorable events!”

Looking ahead
AONeuro has a number of exciting events lined up in 2017. To learn more, visit the education and course page.