The department provides undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. The department uses its own modern textbook on otorhinolaryngology which was created in the 1980s and 1990s. A current edition of Medicine of the Head and Neck has been published for postgraduate education. We now increasingly use our own teaching methods with the help of modern computing, for example direct broadcasting of operations from within the operating theaters for educational purposes. We have created a database of videos of pathologies and individual operations and we also use interactive whiteboards in our instruction. The ENT department serves as a center for the postgraduate education of physicians in the field of otorhinolaryngology. Currently, the department has accreditation in the fields of otorhinolaryngology, pediatric otorhinolaryngology, and phoniatrics. For the retraining of specialists, the ENT department organizes courses in endonasal surgery. Since 2011, the ENT department has hosted an annual dissection course (ear, nose, throat) at the Institute of Anatomy in Brno and holds an interdisciplinary symposium in Hradec Králové. It also participates in temporal bone surgery in the Czech town of Svitavy and has recently held courses in skin suturing of the head and neck. In 1992, the department was granted accreditation for doctoral studies in the field of otorhinolaryngology. Since 2004, we have offered a doctoral degree in surgery.
Supporting research programs over the years, current priorities
Our research has been focused on functional rehabilitation and reconstruction of the middle ear, intracranial complications, and cancer surgery of the head and neck. We have published results on our research into auditory evoked potential testing and electromyography of the laryngeal muscles. Further research deals with developing functional endoscopic surgery of the paranasal sinuses and thyroid surgery as well. We also focus on issues dealing with intracranial inflammation complications, functional testing of hearing and balance, and the histopathology of the temporal bone.
Head and neck cancer
The sub-projects include early diagnosis of tumors (NBI imaging techniques),studies of cancer prognostic markers, the diagnosis of micrometastases and the importance of TNM classification, swallowing rehabilitation, and modern methods of surgical treatment, including endoscopic and laser procedures.
Diagnosis and treatment of hearing disorders
We deal with methods for early detection of hearing impairment in neonates, screening for hearing disorders in preschool and school-aged children, and new methods for rehabilitating and treating hearing disorders (auditory implants).