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Session explanations


Types of sessions available in the BACO International 2020 Academic Programme


1. Keynote lectures

These are 45-minute sessions which would include a keynote lecture in a specific topic and specialty by a world leader in that field. The talk would be for 35 minutes, with 10 minutes of questions from the floor. This lecture would have a Chair who would introduce the speaker.

2. Symposium

A symposium is usually 90 minutes long and would include several talks by leaders in the field followed by either a discussion panel or a question and answer session from the floor. The discussion panel could include discussion on the management of cases relevant to the topic of the symposium. Each symposium would have a Chair and a Moderator. There should usually be four speakers in each symposium, each speaking for 15 minutes, leaving 30 minutes for questions and answers and or the discussion panel. The Chair may wish to give a 5 minute introduction. The Moderator would arrange and present the cases for the discussion panel and moderate the discussion, or if doing a question and answer session, they would moderate the questions and answers.

3. Instructional courses

These are 45 or 60 minute sessions on a specific topic. The topic will usually be about a surgical procedure or on the management of difficult or challenging topics or on complications and their prevention or management. Each instructional course will have a Chair and a Moderator and will usually have two speakers, each speaking for 15 – 20 minutes respectively followed by a 15 or 20 minute session of questions and answers. Examples of instructional courses are:

a. Management of facial nerve and facial nerve palsy in salivary gland disease.
b. Improving the outcomes and reducing complications in patients undergoing salvage surgery.
c. Tips and tricks in transoral robotic surgery of the oropharynx and thyroid.

4. Lunch with the experts

This is a 1 hour session which is ticketed. Delegates are provided with lunch. The session comprises a Chair and two speakers, who are well-known leaders of their field. The topic is usually on the management of an important or challenging condition or on complications and their prevention or management. Each speaker will talk for 20 minutes followed by a 20 minute session for questions and answers. Examples of instructional courses are:

a. Management of facial nerve and facial nerve palsy in salivary gland disease.
b. Improving the outcomes and reducing complications in patients undergoing salvage surgery.
c. Tips and tricks in transoral robotic surgery of the oropharynx and thyroid.


5. Update sessions

These sessions are usually 60 or 90 minutes long. They have a Chair and a Moderator. They will usually have 3 – 4 speakers, each speaking for 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes of questions for each speaker. These sessions are very practical and they are aimed to update the general ENT surgeon on managing common or important ORL conditions. Speakers should give the state- of- the- art in the diagnosis and management of the condition with emphasis on important changes in the last 5 years. Speakers should present the evidence underpinning those changes and explain how these changes affect diagnosis and management of patients.


6. Masters of Surgery


These are 45 minute sessions with 3 – 4 video presentations of surgical procedures around a field, such as otology, rhinology or head and neck surgery. There is a Chair and a Moderator for each session. The videos are given by leaders in the field. The videos need to highlight the different and important steps of the procedure and the speaker will provide an explanation of what is happening and answer questions. Each video should be no more than 10 minutes with 5 minutes of questions. This would provide the opportunity for 4 videos to be shown in each session.


7. Difficult cases and round tables


These are 60 minute sessions around a certain topic. Each session has a Chair and a Moderator. The Chair provides a 5 minute introduction on the topic. The Moderator then presents cases on salient aspects of diagnosis and management. After each section, the Moderator will provide 1 – 2 slides on the evidence underpinning the preceding aspect of diagnosis or management. Each session will have 4 – 5 panellists who give their views on diagnosis and management. Moderators and Chairs should note that not all panellists need to answer every question and that they should ensure that at least 5 cases are prepared for the session.


8. Debates


The debates are 60 minute sessions around a controversial topic. The debate will have a Chair who will moderate the debate. The debate should have a motion in the form of “This house believe that…..”. Motions should be balanced to give both sides a realistic chance of making an argument – i.e. motions should not be heavily biased in favour of one side. There should be 2 speakers for the motion and 2 speakers against the motion. The first speaker for the motion speaks followed by the first speaker against the motion and then followed by the second speaker for the motion and then the second speaker against the motion. Each speaker will talk for 10 minutes with no questions. After all the speakers have spoken, the Moderator takes questions from the floor. The Chair will do a poll of votes before the debate starts and then at the end after the questions.