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Experts to Debate Approaches to Challenging Rhinology Cases

Ask the Experts: An Endoscopic Potpourri

  • 3:45 pm-5:45 pm
  • Monday
  • Room E352

Lively debates of challenging rhinology cases involving a panel of experts and an audience response system promise to elevate a Monday Miniseminar from an educational session to an experience.

A series of 10- to 15-minute case reviews will start with a case presentation interposed with three to four questions to the audience, with the experts commenting on the cases and the audience responses.

“We present it in a way where there is not necessarily a right or wrong answer, but to get the audience’s opinion on how they would approach different aspects of the differential diagnosis, the management, and the work-up of the patients,” said David W. Kennedy, MD, the session moderator. “The feedback we have received over the years has been positive in terms of the learning being a fun experience.”

Most of the rhinology cases involve endoscopy, but some involve open surgery. They involve challenges such as recalcitrant chronic sinusitis, problems with expansile lesions, tumors involving the sinuses, and some skull-based lesions, said Dr. Kennedy, a professor of rhinology at the University of Pennsylvania.

“We try to bias presentations toward more common cases that practitioners may see in their practices but require some significant decision-making in their evaluations,” he said. “Then, the panelists comment on the audience response. We try to make it a lively conversation among the panelists with some debate.

“We really get the audience involved, and then we pause during each presentation to ask questions and discuss their responses.”

The cases reviews are lively, too, avoiding long didactic presentations in favor of videos and slides, with a focus on newer diagnostic and treatment techniques.

“Our goal is to improve the audience’s understanding of diagnostic dichotomies and decision-making in the diagnosis and management of rhinologic cases that have important decision points. We want to highlight issues because someone not familiar with them might miss these important points in a diagnostic or therapeutic work-up,” Dr. Kennedy said.

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