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It is not about the idea. It is about making the idea happen.

Echoing this maxim, the genesis of World Skull Base Foundation Fellowship Diplomas was laid. What began as an idea, gathered strength by the tremendous interest that it generated in the medical fraternity. The event has grown beyond expectations bringing together specialists from various countries to the first ever course. I would like to express my sheer excitement and enthusiasm that the World Skull Base Foundation family is growing and we are all going to gather soon, in the beautiful city of Bangalore.

Skull Base Surgery involves skills in Neurosurgery, Otology, Head & Neck Surgery, Facial Plastics, Hearing and other neural rehabilitation. Gaining expertise in all these areas is an arduous task for a specialist focused in any one of these areas. Hence, for long, Skull Base Surgery has not been practiced in its entirety and it is also the reason why it lacks a structured training programme in most countries. It is this that we hope to address with these Fellowship Diplomas: to provide a structured curriculum based training programme in both Lateral and Anterior Skull Base Surgery.

The World Skull Base Foundation Fellowship Diplomas will be held in Lateral and Anterior Skull Base Surgery every alternating year. The modulated format has been developed to incorporate all topics in the subspecialty along with cadaveric hands on dissections.  The Lateral Skull Base Fellowship Diploma includes 90 topics, 72 hours of dissections, 60 hours of lectures & 12 hours of video sessions. The Diplomas have received an overwhelming response and are showing signs of a long journey.

I look forward to welcome you all and I ascertain that you will enjoy as as much we have enjoyed bringing this together for you!

Dr. Sampath Chandra Prasad Rao
Managing Director & CEO
World Skull Base Foundation


World Skull Base Foundation provides training opportunities to doctors and medical professionals in the specialty of Skull Base Surgery. World Skull Base Foundation has launched its flagship training programme, The Fellowship Diplomas, organised at Ramaiah Advanced Learning Center, Bangalore (India) which is one of its kind and the first comprehensive curriculum based training programme launched in the specialty of Skull Base Surgery. The objective of this programme is to define the scope of Skull Base Surgery, to create a professional community of trained Skull Base surgeons and to establish Skull Base Surgery as a separate subspecialty.

The Fellowship Diplomas are conducted separately in Lateral and Anterior Skull Base Surgery at different times in the year. Each module lasts 7 days and the curriculum that is spread across 2 modules covers all important topics in the subject. Dissectors are expected to attend both the modules and pass a written exam at the end of the course. Lectures will be in the forenoon and dissections in the afternoon. With over 60 hours of lectures with over 100 topics and 72 hours of dissections, this is indeed the most comprehensive course in Skull Base Surgery. The Dissectors will be provided with the best and state-of-the-art equipment including high speed drills, high definition microscopes and monitors giving the Dissectors an ‘in-theatre’ experience. The cadavers provided are fresh frozen and exclusively curated for the course with injections into the Anterior and posterior arterial and venous systems. Faculty for the course are sourced both internationally and nationally. Over 40 top faculties, will be sharing their experience with the participants. At the end of the course, the participants will go through a written examination passing which they will be awarded a Diploma from Ramaiah University (Deemed University under the Government of India).  At the end of the final module, Dissectors will also be awarded a Fellowship of the World Skull Base Foundation.

Salient features

  • 25 Dissectors for LSBS
  • 15 Dissectors for ASBS
  • 50 Observers for LSBS
  • 30 Observers for ASBS
  • 15 Assistant Observers for ASBS
  • 2 modules of 7 days each
  • Structured curriculum based training in theory and dissections
  • 60 hours of lectures with over 100 topics and 72 hours of dissections
  • Over 40 world-renowned faculty
  • International accreditations
  • Fresh frozen and injected cadavers curated with patented technology
  • State of the art infrastructure with an ‘in-theatre’ experience
  • Only Skull Base Surgery course to be awarded a University Diploma