Olympus Laparoscopic Surgery Immersion Training for Motivated Minimal Access Surgeons

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About the programme

Programme Director: Dominic Byrne. Assistant Director: Tyrone Carpenter.

Faculty: Viren Asher, Anish Bali, Kevin Burton, Tony Chalhoub, Alfred Cutner, Chris Hardwick, Ertan Saridogan and Arvind Vashisht.

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 Council members. Participants must be BSGE members based in UK and EIRE and are expected to attend all modules of the programme; the faculty will move from one module to the next.

Day 1: Tuesday 12 June 2018, 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 13 June 2018, Royal Veterinary College, Royal College Street – Wet lab training (training ratio of 2:1 per station), or a training day of intensive pelvic anatomy training at St George’s Tooting. The delegates will be divided into two groups and each group will attend one of the venues for the day.

Day 3: Thursday 14 June 2018, Day of intensive pelvic anatomy training, St George’s Tooting– (training ratio of 4:1), or a day of Wet lab training (training ratio of 2:1 per station) at the Royal Veterinary College. The groups will be reversed and attend the alternative session from the previous day.

Day 4: Friday 15 June 2018, UCLH Education and Training Centre– Live surgery Masterclass, with interactive discussion and moderator.

Day 5: 10/11 or 12/13 July 2018, Skills Training (CADAVER LAB), Newcastle– Each group will attend a two 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 10 September 2018 for two 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 a full day of live surgery, with the potential for delegates to get into theatre alongside faculty members. These training days will be held at eight centres over the UK to be confirmed.
These will include Royal Cornwall, Poole, Derby, Epsom, Glasgow and other centres to be confirmed.

Day 7: Tuesday 2 October 2018, 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 contract of training to confirm 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. 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. You can download training programme flyer here.

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 2018.

Closing date for registration is Friday, 12 January 2018.

Successful delegates will be notified on Friday, 26 January 2018.

Thank you in advance for considering the course.



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