A novel approach to myringotomy simulation

Z. Kelly, A. Cao, N. Ahmedli, M. Nassar

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Abstract Objective In the wake of the 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic, elective cases and opportunities for clinical application have decreased, and the need for useful simulation models has become more apparent for developing surgical skills. A novel myringotomy with ventilatory tube insertion simulation model was created. Methods Residents across all levels at our institution participated in the simulation. Participants were evaluated in terms of: time of procedure, microscope positioning, cerumen removal, identification of middle ear effusion type, canal wall trauma, tympanic membrane damage and tube placement. Results Eleven residents participated. Scores ranged from 14 to 34, out of a maximum of 40. The average score among junior and senior residents was 24 and 31, respectively. The simulation was felt to be representative of the operating theatre experience. Conclusion This study demonstrates a low-cost simulation model that captures several important, nuanced aspects of myringotomy with tube insertion, often overlooked in previously reported simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)562-567
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2 2022


  • Medical Education
  • Otolaryngology
  • Otology
  • Pediatrics
  • Residency
  • Simulation Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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