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HEI Educates Doctors Who Are Having Profound Effects Worldwide

Hough Ear Institute has a passion to educate others in audiology and surgical techniques so  patients can receive the benefits of the technology already available for hearing restoration. HEI is meeting this endeavor through three initiatives: otology workshops, international education, and fellowship programs.

Otology Workshops

Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Courses are held at the Hough Ear Institute.

Otolaryngologists and residents from across the country attend courses on temporal bone dissection, providing them with advanced training in otologic treatment options and surgery.

tbc3The course provides instruction pertaining to the latest techniques for treating chronic ear disease and participants are exposed to a variety of surgical and treatment procedures, including the performance of tympanoplasty, ossicular chain reconstruction, mastoidectomy, stapedectomy, treatment of vertigo and management of the facial nerve in chronic ear surgery. In addition, participants witness an actual surgery using video-conferencing and students experience “hands on” surgery techniques as they work in the HEI dissection laboratory. A unique aspect of this workshop is telemedicine training accomplished by observing a live otologic surgery done in the operating room at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center.

“I have been to 4 or 5 temporal bone courses since finishing residency, and this group of physicians has made an impression on me that I know will be everlasting.”
– Dale R. Chilson, D.O., Peru, IL
“The telemedicine portion of the training was well-orchestrated and provided excellent imaging of the live surgery. I have been to many courses and this has been my favorite so far.”
– Nici Bothwell, MD, Fort Sill, OK

International Education

For many years surgeons, audiologists, and scientists at HEI have freely given their time and energy to teach others their skills and shared their technology. From the beginning, HEI personnel recognized sharing knowledge within the profession is of utmost importance. HEI personnel has trained thousands of physicians and allied clinicians in short courses or seminars, either at HEI or in their own states or countries.

Teams from HEI have made overseas trips to such countries as Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zaire, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, and Jordan, performing ear surgery and/or teaching doctors.

dungdinhricksurgery2In 1995, Dr. Jack Hough went to Vietnam to determine if the ENT sector in Vietnam was interested in a cooperative effort with REI-Vietnam to educate, instruct, and train Vietnamese ENT physicians in state-of-the-art techniques and improve the quality of medical services for the Vietnamese people. The National ENT Institute in Hanoi and the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh Ctiy accepted Dr. Hough’s offer to initiate and develop an ENT program for their institutions. The first ENT exchange was in 1996 with Dr. Hough as team leader. Dr. Hough, along with seven other otorhinolaryngologists, conducted seminars at the National ENT Institute in Hanoi and the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City. During this same year, the first of many Vietnamese ENT physicians visited this country to study and observe. Along with conducting seminars and training sessions, the ENT teams from HEI have hand carried state-of-the-art equipment that was donated to the ENT instutions in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hue.

Otology Fellowship Program

One of the major programs at HEI is a formal research and education fellowship in otology and neurotology, which is an ongoing course for graduate-certified otolaryngologists who wish to restrict their specialty practice to ear surgery. As a result, those trained at HEI are now practicing otology and teaching others all over the world.

A large part of what Hough Ear Institute does is the training and mentoring of international doctors. Doctors come to HEI from developing countries for training fellowships.

While at HEI, they learn about ear medicine including the inner ear and cochlear implants. In the past year, HEI has hosted fellows from Southeast Asia and the Middle East. “An important part of our mission,” comments Dr. Richard Kopke, HEI, CEO, “is to provide a learning environment for doctors, especially from developing nations, where they can be exposed to some of the best techniques and procedures to be found anywhere. Our dream is that they then will share their findings with other medical personnel in their own country.”

Dear Doctors and HEI team,

This Fellowship has been an exceptional experience for me in my career and in my life. I am so excited and wanted to stop and tell you how much I appreciate your help over the 9 weeks. You were patient, inspirational, and actually made things fun. I have learned so much, seen lots of new things, made lifelong friends, and had a ton of fun. It not only enhances my knowledge and technical skills in ear surgery, especially in cochlear implants, but also enables me to know about your beautiful country, your culture with hospitable people. Also please send my deep gratitude to your families, you truly made me feel at home and part of your families. Thank you, Dr. Kopke and the rest of the HEI team, for such a fantastic Fellowship. The impact of your help is so significant. It will help me for the rest o f my life. Thank you so much for everything. I will not forget it.

Sincerely,
Dao Trung Dung, M.D., Department of ORL, BachMai Hospital, Hanoi Medical University

Fellowship Training program, Dr. McGee with Omer Nawasreh (fellow)

Fellowship Training program, Dr. McGee with Omer Nawasreh (fellow)

Country Fellow Year at HEI
Vietnam Dr. Dao Trung Dung 2012
Dr. Tran Thu Hang 2010
Dr. Nguyen Thi Van Huong 2009
Dr. Huy Hoang Nguyen 2007
Dr. Tran Viet Luan 2006
Dr. Nguyen Trong Minh 2005
Dr. Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy 2005
Dr. Vo Thanh Quang 2002
Dr. Nguyen Ngo Phong 2002
Dr. Nguyen Tan Phong 2002
Dr. Nguyen Kim Phong 2000
Dr. Vo Quang Phuc 1999
Dr. Nguyen Hoang Dung 1998
Jordan Dr. Omer Naewasreh 2010
Dr. Samir Zureikat 2006