Simulation training has become an essential component of training in gynaecological endoscopic surgery. It is now clear that future endoscopic surgeons should possess objective measurable theoretical knowledge and practical skills, prior to undertaking procedures to ensure patient safety. Specialty training in obstetrics and gynaecology in the United Kingdom includes an assessment component using laparoscopic simulators. Professional organisations such as the ESGE, AAGL, EBCOG and ACOG recommend training in the laboratory to reduce morbidity and mortality.
The BSGE has always been at the forefront of training in endoscopic surgery since its foundation in 1989 and has provided simulation training to the trainees, consultants and nurses. The BSGE Council has now taken the decision to initiate a structured simulation programme in the United Kingdom and reached an agreement with the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy to provide the Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgery Education and Assessment (GESEA) programme.
The GESEA programme aims to standardise strategies and regulations for training in endoscopy throughout Europe. It is supported by extensive scientific research resulting in a validated programme of exercises for acquiring and testing endoscopic psychomotor skills.
LASTT, SUTT and HYSTT are validated assessment and certification methods which measure and evaluate psychomotor skills in camera navigation, hand-eye and bi-manual coordination, and laparoscopic suturing. All exercises are executed in dry-lab set-up, with participants working together in pairs, and under the strict procedural guidance of instructors.
The components of GESEA programme are explained in the pictogram via this link.
Candidates who wish to enrol onto the GESEA programme need to complete the e-learning module, this is provided by the Winners Project via the WebSurg website (https://www.websurg.com/winners/). It is advisable that the clinicians complete the tutorials and quizzes on the Winners Platform before the practical hands-on courses. Achieving practical skills would require practicing using the relevant models, the BSGE will run the relevant training courses regularly. The first of these courses will be run on 22-24 February 2018 in Slough. The candidates will then need to pass the theoretical and practical exam to achieve the certificate. The first exam will take place on 9 May 2018 in Edinburgh prior to the BSGE Annual Scientific Meeting. Completion of the Level 1 programme leads to GESEA Bachelor Certification. Completion of Level 2 Certification and submission of the required surgical logbook leads to GESEA Minimally Invasive Gynaecological Surgeon (MIGS) Diploma which will be provided by the ESGE. Further details of the programme can be found on the European Academy of Gynaecological Surgery website (europeanacademy.org). Course flyer with programme can be downloaded here.
The course is open to all delegates at trainee and consultant level, interested in laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery.
THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL.