Olympus Laparoscopic Surgery Immersion Training for Motivated Minimal Access Surgeons

Verified / supported by the BSGE

About the programme

Programme Director: Tyrone Carpenter. Assistant Director: Arvind Vashisht. Faculty: Viren Asher, Anish Bali, Kevin Burton, Alfred Cutner, Chris Hardwick, Ertan Saridogan, – further faculty to be announced.

Olympus Professional Education Manager:  Simon Ford

Olympus Programme Administrator: Les Thomas

Olympus, with the support of BSGE, is delighted to offer an exciting opportunity to BSGE members. This programme is designed for gynaecologists that are in their last years of training (for ST5+) who wish to extend their laparoscopic surgery experience. Presented by a distinguished faculty, this comprehensive immersion training will be delivered in London in a concentrated four day programme, followed by two days’ laparoscopic cadaveric training in Newcastle and continued by delegates visiting the trainers’ hospital for peer to peer training on selected laparoscopic cases. A final presentation day will be held at the Olympus Head Office in Southend on Sea.  The programme philosophy is to provide intensive hands-on training and to ensure this, during all Wet Labs and Clinical Sessions there will be a maximum of two delegates to one faculty member.

This programme will be awarded by competitive selection, delegates should be ST5 and above and show evidence of commitment to minimal access surgery and provide a supporting statement from an educational supervisor. Delegates will be selected by a committee of BSGE members. Participants must be BSGE members and are expected to attend all modules of the programme; the faculty will move from one module to the next.

Day 1: Tuesday 30th April 2019, UCLH Education and Training Centre – This one day course will be held in London and will comprise, lectures, a dry lab skills workshop including suturing techniques and operating theatre set-up for safe practice.
A programme dinner will conclude the day.

Day 2: Wednesday 1st May 2019, Day of intensive pelvic anatomy training, St George’s Tooting- (training ratio of 4:1)

Day 3: Thursday 2nd May 2019, Royal Veterinary College, Royal College Street- Wet lab training (training ratio of 2:1)

Day 4: Friday 3rd May 2019, UCLH Education and Training Centre- Live surgery Masterclass, with interactive discussion and moderator.

Day 5:  Tuesday 4th June and Wednesday 5th June 2019, Procedure Lectures and Skills Training (CADAVER LAB), Newcastle

Day 1- AM – Travel – PM – Procedure lectures and discussion (Hotel Venue)

Day 2- A one day course of anatomy and laparoscopic dissection on a cadaveric model (training ratio of 2:1 per station) in the Surgical Training Centre Newcastle.

Day 6: Week commencing 10th June 2019 for three weeks, Live Surgery Peer to Peer Training – Each delegate will attend the respective NHS hospital of one faculty member (on a 2:1 ratio) to undertake live surgery, with the potential for delegates to get into theatre alongside faculty members. These training days will be held at NHS units. Centers to be confirmed.

Day 7: Tuesday 2nd July 2019, KeyMed House – Presentation day: A day of lectures and presentations, company tour and product training. Plus awards and a review of the program.

This is an intensive residential immersion course and delegates will be required to accept a commitment to the complete program. Throughout the training, travel, meals during the course and accommodation will be supported by Olympus. Travel subsistence is the responsibility of the delegates. Travel and accommodation will be booked by Olympus within the OLYMPUS budget guidelines and within appropriate time scales.

How do I register?

If you are in the last year(s) of your training (ST5+) and know you want to be a Minimally Invasive Gynaecological Surgeon, then you should apply for this training programme.

Application is online via our website at www.bsge.org.uk. You will need to upload your two page CV, a letter of recommendation from your mentor in PDF format and write a supporting statement explaining why you should be considered for this training programme (1000 words maximum).

For any queries, please email education@olympus.co.uk

Important Note

Delegates when applying must have approval from their Trust to attend this programme and have the relevant study leave approved in principle. Delegates must be available for all of the above dates. Attendance at all modules is mandatory.

The BSGE would like to make this programme available to as many trainees as possible. Therefore, if you have attended an Ethicon/BSGE or Olympus/BSGE ST5+ programme in the past you are not eligible to apply for this programme. Please be aware that you may only apply for one of the two ST5+ programmes on offer for 2019.

NB: If you do apply for both programmes you will be disqualified from both.

You can download programme in pdf format here.

Closing date for registration is 5pm Friday 11th January 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 25th January 2019.

Thank you in advance for considering the course.



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