Carol, a Fellow specializing in pediatric otolaryngology flew all the way to France for an exceptional and very unique surgical training experience. Although trained in recurrent laryngeal nerve reinnervation from a leading expert in the field through her rigorous fellowship, she was interested to learn a new procedure pioneered by Prof. Jean Paul Marie to expand her surgical repertoire. He is the first and only surgeon performing Bilateral Selective Laryngeal Re-Innervation using fibers from the phrenic nerve to treat patients with bilateral vocal cord paralysis. So this November, she traveled to the Medical Training Center in Rouen and firsthand how Prof. Marie performs unilateral and bilateral laryngeal re-innervation.

A unique training opportunity

After attending a lecture by Prof. Marie on his work in Bilateral Selective Laryngeal Re-innervation at the European Society of Pediatric Oncology, Carol knew she had to learn more about this novel procedure. When Pr. Marie announced he was organizing a workshop on this precisely, Carol was quick to email him to find out more. She was kindly directed to Invivox, the online platform for real-life in situ training where she could easily register for the course.

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Carol had the support of her mentors, who encouraged her to attend the course. With the endorsement and assistance of her fellowship program, she was soon on her way to Rouen, in France.

“It was a comprehensive and very interactive course.”

According to Carol, “Prof. Marie is brilliant and very kind. He was approachable to discuss and answer participants’ questions and engaged discussion amongst the group of specialists, all of whom have extensive experience in voice and airway. His team, which included other surgeons who have completed fellowship training with him specifically to learn his bilateral selective laryngeal re-innervation technique assisted in teaching and were incredibly helpful.”

She added: “It was very nice to have so many teachers to a small number of participants. Prof. Marie also treated us to a lovely dinner where we had the opportunity to network and continue discussions, learning from other like-minded specialists in the field. Even after the course was over, he emailed our group a few days later to give us an update on the patients that were operated during the course.”

We had a chance to apply the techniques we learned in the hands-on components of the course […] and to get to meet other experts from all around the world.

Carol appreciated that the course provided close interactions with the teachers because the group was so small, and further divided into groups for the hands-on practice sessions. “We really had a chance to apply the techniques learned in the hands-on components of the course and to get feedback from the experts. It was a very interactive and intensive course.”

Carol went on to say “It was a great opportunity to get to know other experts from all around the world and a good example of the importance of sharing medical knowledge and expertise on a global scale, especially in such microspecialized areas of interest.”

A modern way of networking

After her experience with Prof Marie, Carol came to a happy conclusion: international collaboration can build relationships and surgical skills. If you’re a surgeon like Carol and want to enhance your skills, register on Invivox. Invivox’s user friendly platform connects you with world renowned surgical pioneers, as well as colleagues from across the globe.

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