With surgical training, the goal is to produce a surgeon who is highly competent and confident in performing laparoscopic procedures; and thereby mitigate the risks of complications. Because of the specific risks, visuospatial relationships, and the steep learning curve that are unique to laparoscopy, hands-on training on a box or visual simulator is the recommended way to start learning laparoscopic skills.
The European training in basic laparoscopic urological skills (E-BLUS) is a programme offered to residents and urologists who want to improve the basic skills in laparoscopy. It is a unique opportunity to train with international experts in laparoscopy. The E-BLUS programme includes:
- Hands-on Training (HOT) courses of different levels carried out under the guidance of experienced tutors
- A set of training-box exercises developed and validated by the Dutch project Training in Urology (TiU) to train basic skills needed in urological laparoscopy
- E-BLUS examination and certification
- An online theoretical course
In close cooperation with the EAU Section of Uro-Technology (ESUT), the EAU Section of Urolithiasis (EULIS) and the EAU Robotic Urology Section (ERUS), we often organize Hands-on Training courses. These HoTs are generally organised at the EAU Annual Congress, and in conjunction with ESU events.