Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

A need to expand and grow multidisciplinary surgical training allowed MEEI to complete a new otolaryngology surgical training laboratory to advance instruction capabilities in otolaryngology, including skull base surgery, head and neck surgery, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, sinus surgery, laryngology and pediatric otolaryngology. The lab was designed to enable instruction using anatomic and cadaveric samples, providing significant improvement in hands-on training for medical residents and surgeons in the department preparing for complex cases.

The laboratory’s proctor station is connected to twelve individual teaching workstations with video screens and communications. Each station is equipped with surgical microscopes, drills, and the ability to see both the proctor screen and the image at the station. These communications can be transmitted to allow live broadcasts to areas both at MEEI and locations around the world.

The project on the third floor of the facility also included renovation of the eye pathology training suite, Sloane Conference Room, and resident and fellow spaces. The laboratory includes support spaces for preparation and storage of tissue and decontamination of tools and supplies needed in the lab. Updates to the communications to the existing Meltzer Auditorium and Sloane Conference Room allow MEEI the ability to broadcast the training in the laboratory to a wide audience at the facility.