Microlaryngeal Teaching Courses: A National Survey on Prevalence, Value, and Barriers to Implementation

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Objective: To assess the prevalence of microlaryngeal teaching course in Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited otolaryngology residency programs in an effort to evaluate the nature, perceived value and barriers to implementation of microlaryngeal courses. Method: A 14-question survey to all ACGME-accredited otolaryngology programs in the United States. Result: Out of 119 ACGME-accredited otolaryngology programs identified on the ACGME Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database, responses were received from 67 programs (56%). Although 90% of respondents indicated that instruction courses in one discipline or another existed at their institution for their otolaryngology residents, only 33% indicated that their program offers a hands-on instruction course in microlaryngeal surgery. Of those programs that offered a microlaryngeal surgery course, 100% felt the residents appreciated the course; 95% of those programs that did not have a course felt their residents would appreciate a microlaryngeal course at their institution if they were able to offer one. Among programs without a microlaryngeal teaching course, the largest perceived barriers were cost and availability of appropriate equipment. Conclusion: Microlaryngeal courses for otolaryngology residency training are limited in availability in the United States, and there is variability in training across the country. All respondents in our survey indicated the value in these courses for microlaryngeal surgical skill training. There is a clear role for increasing availability of low-cost microlaryngeal stations and courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-109
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020


  • microlaryngeal dissection course
  • otolaryngology residency training
  • simulation lab
  • surgical skills training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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