The European School of Coloproctology (ESC) of ESCP continues to offer a year-round platform for educational opportunities and is increasing its activities.

The ESC offers education in coloproctology for medics at different stages of their professional career and aims to promote current knowledge and practice. Different formats of training activities will be presented. The activities are supported by educational grants from industry. ESC/ESCP is responsible for designing the objectives and educational contents of these events.

Laparoscopic CME programme

The ESC launched its first training curriculum on the 17-18 December 2018 with a two-day course at the Johnson & Johnson Institute in Hamburg. The Laparoscopic CME Programme will soon enter the proctoring phase providing operative support in the participants home institutions.

The second course will take place on the 5-6 June 2019 at the Johnson & Johnson Institute.

Applications for the programme are now open (deadline 30 April 2019).

IPAA and continent ileostomy workshop

On 15-16 November 2018, a stand-alone workshop on pouch surgery, IPAA and continent ileostomy (Kock pouch and modifications), took place at the Johnson & Johnson Institute. Following its success, the next course is planned for 14-15 November 2019 at the Johnson & Johnson Institute. Applications will open in due course.

New initiatives

A new initiative will start in Berlin this coming December (2019). During the 'Berlin Days' workshops offering hands-on experience and a variety of courses will take place over a period of two-days (Prevention of Parastomal Hernia, Proctology, TAMIS, EBSQ Preparation Course). By running these courses over a two-day period will allow participants to join more than one course and make the most of their time in Berlin. Stay tuned for updates!

Since late 2018 we are now in the advanced stages of setting up a Robotic Training Pathway. We expect to launch the programme in Q2/2019. More to follow!

These are exciting times for those interested to learn and to teach!

Klaus Matzel

Professor Klaus Matzel, 
European School of Coloproctology Chair

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