ESU to launch OR Workshops

17 January 2014

In a bid to further boost the skills of urologists in Europe and facilitate the exchange of vital surgical knowledge in the operating room, the European School of Urology (ESU) will offer, starting in the second quarter of 2014, a series of sponsored operating room (OR) workshops.

Dubbed as Onsite Workshops, the goal is to provide a  direct opportunity for urologists to observe, learn and  closely examine the proven procedures and  techniques of a surgical expert right in the operating  room or hospital where the expert surgeon is based.

“We are aware that the various fellowships, courses  and masterclasses require a lot of time, finances and  coordination for a surgical expert to share his  knowledge and skills. Often this means a lot of  travelling for surgical experts. On the part of the  participants this also means financial investment and  it is not always easy for them to get training from a  center of excellence,” said Dr. Joan Palou, ESU  Chairman  In response to what the ESU said is a growing need  for more direct links between urologists in need of  training and expert surgeons, a series of two-day  onsite operating room workshops will be offered  sometime mid-2014.

Each workshop is formatted to offer an intensive but  short training, with the selected participants travelling  to the assigned expert and the host institution or  centre. The workshop will be given in two days, with  the first day focusing on both theoretical and practical  aspects of the surgery, such as indications,  instrumentation, techniques and the expected results  and complications.  The second day will be devoted purely to a full-day  OR work with participants directly assisting or  observing the work of the expert. Practical tips and  tricks and further assessment will also be given.

“The idea is to have an intense, focused or compact  workshop with no frills but going directly to the core  challenges of the surgical procedures. This will be  beneficial in the sense that knowledge is efficiently  transferred or shared within a given or set period of  time,” according to the ESU.

The planned number of participants for each  workshop would be around four to five urologists  who are active EAU members. Selection of host  centres and experts will be done by the ESU in  collaboration with the various EAU section offices.  Based on the ESU’s initial planning scheme, the  workshop courses will be on endourology, robotic/open prostatectomy, laparoscopic renal surgery, and  TURBT/cystectomy. Four courses or workshops will be  offered in each module, with endourology as the first  workshop to be offered in two sites or centres.

The ESU hopes that with the introduction of onsite  workshops, urologists with already some experience  across Europe would be offered another opportunity  to develop and refine their surgical skills without the  burden of time-consuming application processes and  additional financial investment. The fact that the  workshops would be led by recognised experts would  also mean boosting the level of quality skills that are  necessary for vital surgical operations to succeed.

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