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First Ever Remote Sinus Surgical Training

June 11, 2021

University of Adelaide experts have delivered the world’s first remote sinus surgical training to surgeons in Japan.

Professor Alkis Psaltis and Professor Wormald from Adelaide Medical School along with their Japanese surgical colleague Dr Masanobu Suzuki trained more than 200 surgeons: three performed simulated procedures at Hokkaido University in Japan while others, located throughout Asia, watched the course online.

They conducted the course remotely using Quintree technology that allowed Professors Psaltis and Wormald to directly supervise the Japanese surgeons from their lab at the Adelaide Medical School and give them real-time feedback and instruction as they performed surgical procedures on 3D models in Japan.

“Using a secure video link we were able to simultaneously observe in real time each individual Japanese surgeon as they performed endoscopic sinus surgery on the 3D models,” Professor Psaltis said.

In 2020 with COVID-19 and a ban on international travel, Dr Suzuki, a prominent Japanese sinus surgeon from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, suggested the world’s first remote course. Dr Suzuki had previously spent a year of surgical observation and research at Adelaide Medical School under Professors Psaltis and Wormald.

“Since the course was run we have had requests from the USA, Germany, Russia and South America to run similar remote courses.”
Professor Alkis Psaltis
“Our surgeons received real-time feedback and instruction on their technique from Professor Wormald and Professor Psaltis. They, in turn, watched the surgeons performing procedures,” said Dr Suzuki.

“Even though the training was delivered remotely a high degree of satisfaction was reported by the participants.”

Normally such training is performed in-person and typically on cadaveric specimens as is done by Professor Wormald and Professor Psaltis who convene an advanced sinus surgical workshop at the Adelaide Medical School’s Ray Last Anatomical Department each year.

Read the full First Ever Remote Sinus Surgical Training article here.