Klaus Matzel

The ESCP Fellowship Programme has become an integral and well appreciated part of the educational and training activities of the society. I am pleased to report that 38 young members from 20 countries visited 17 host centers in 9 countries over the last 5 years.

The Fellowship Programme has recently been modified to ensure more flexiblity and better opportunities by offering a wider variety of formats.

I am also delighted to announce that we have now added a 3 month Fellowship opportunity especially for colleagues from developing countries.

Expectations vary among the applicants, but there is also great variance - in part due to national regulations – in what the host centres can offer. The next step to further developing this fellowship programme is to improve the matching of the applicants' needs and hopes with the opportunities available within the host centres.

We thank all host centres for their ongoing support.

With kind regards

Klaus Matzel, Chair of Education Committee


Available Opportunities

The following fellowship opportunities are offered by the society:

Applications for ESCP Fellowships and Observerships will open in the second week of June.


ESCP Robotic Fellowship

The European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP) Robotic Fellowship has the aim of providing training in robotic colorectal surgery to colorectal surgeons with previous experience either in open or laparoscopic approach. At the end of this fellowship the fellow should be able to perform standard procedures in robotic colorectal surgery for benign or malignant disease such as rectopexy, sigmoidectomy, right colectomy with/without intracorporeal anastomosis or low anterior resection.

Different aspects of the theoretical background of robotic surgery, selection criteria for the patient, diagnostic studies prior to the surgical procedure or postoperative follow-up are also part of this training.

Eligibility criteria

In order to select the best candidate, the following selection criteria applies:

  • The fellow must be a surgeon with license to practice colorectal surgery in the host centre
  • The fellow will present a full CV including experience so far in colorectal resections and a letter of motivation. Previous experience in minimally invasive surgery is highly recommended but not mandatory
  • High volume in colorectal surgery at fellow’s centre and support from hospital executives are highly recommended (letter of support from fellow's hospital executives)
  • Basic training in robotic surgery will also be highly appreciated
  • It is helpful if the fellow speaks the native language of the host hospital (fluent English might be accepted by most of the host centers).
  • Be a fully paid member of ESCP (i.e. full, affiliate etc.) for a minimum of 12 months

Robotic host centres

  • Marcos Gomez Ruiz: Valdecilla University Hospital, Santander, Spain
  • Paolo Pietro Bianchi: Presidio Ospedaliero della Misericordia, Grosseto, Italy
  • George van der Schelling: Amphia Ziekenhuis, Breda, The Netherlands
  • Jim Khan: Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, The UK

Application deadline and how to apply

Please contact the ESCP Secretariat if you have any questions about the applications.

Applicants may have to go through an interview process.

The application form is in two parts - both must be completed:


ESCP-funded Fellow and Observerships

The aim of the fellowships and observerships is to assist European surgeons, currently training in coloproctology, to undertake a visit to a centre out with their home country in Europe. ESCP has announced the following fellowship and observership opportunities for the 2017–2018 period:

  • 4 x three month fellowships
  • 1 x three month fellowship from a developing country
  • 2 x six month fellowships
  • 4 x two-four week observerships

Distribution

The observerships, three-month and six-month fellowships awarded will be distributed evenly over the ESCP regions, with awards in each of the following areas (for further details on ESCP regions, please see the Rules):

  • ESCP region East
  • ESCP region West
  • ESCP region Central

In addition, one of the three month fellowships will be specifically awarded to an applicant from outside the European Union.

Eligibility criteria

Successful applicants will be people who demonstrate potential for achieving a leadership position in colon and rectal surgery or proctology, and fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be a fully paid member of ESCP (i.e. full, affiliate etc.) for a minimum of 12 months
  • Have training in general surgery for a minimum of 5 years
  • Are senior trainees or consultants at an early stage of their career
  • Have a manifested interest in coloproctology (evidenced by practice, teaching, research or writings)
  • Can clearly define the benefit to be gained from this experience

Application deadline and how to apply

Please contact the ESCP Secretariat if you have any questions about the applications.

Host units

View the host units taking part by downloading the files below:

Reports of previous fellows


Japan Society of Coloproctology (JSCP) Travelling Fellowship

ESCP has been collaborating with JSCP on a reciprocal basis since 2008 and it is with pleasure that we will welcome a JSCP fellow to our Annual Meeting every year.

In return, ESCP again had the pleasure in announcing this excellent opportunity for an ESCP member to be awarded a JSCP fellowship, kindly initiated and organised by the International Committee of the Japan Society of Coloproctology.

Date: November
Location: Japan
Duration: 1-2 weeks
In conjunction with: JSCP Meeting in Japan

Eligibility criteria

Dr. Takashi Akiyoshi extended an invitation for applications for this fellowship to Japan from those who fulfil the following criteria:

  • Current, fully paid member of ESCP (i.e. full, trainee etc.) for a minimum of 12 months
  • Are senior coloproctology trainees or consultants within 5 years of appointment
  • Have a manifested interest in coloproctology

Application deadline and how to apply

Applications will open in the second week of June. Please contact the ESCP Secretariat if you have any questions about the applications.

Successful applicant

The successful applicant will be asked to present a 10-15 minute paper at the annual JSCP meeting in Japan (an abstract for which will be required in advance). The grant available for this fellowship from the JSCP will be sufficient to cover a return economy air fare, registration for the JSCP Meeting, and accommodation for visits to centres before/after the meeting.

Reports of previous fellows


Korean Society of Coloproctology (KSCP) Travelling Fellowship

ESCP once again had the honour of announcing the acceptance of applications for this exciting opportunity for an ESCP member to be awarded a KSCP travelling fellowship, kindly offered by Prof. Kyu Joo Park, Chairman of the Korean Society of Coloproctology (KSCP).

Date: September
Location: Korea
Duration: To be confirmed
In conjunction with: The International Colorectal Research Summit, Korea

Eligibility criteria

Dr. Ji-Yeon Kim, Chairman of the International Committee for KSCP, graciously invited applications for this travelling fellowship to Korea from those who fulfilled the following criteria:

  • Current, fully paid member of ESCP (i.e. full, trainee etc.) for a minimum of 12 months
  • Are senior coloproctology trainees or consultants within 5 years of appointment
  • Have a manifested interest in coloproctology

Application deadline and how to apply

Applications will open in the second week of June. Please contact the ESCP Secretariat if you have any questions about the applications.

Successful applicant

The successful applicant will be asked to present a paper at the International Colorectal Research Summit (ICRS) 2016 meeting hosted by KSCP.

The generous grant available for this travelling fellowship from the KSCP will cover up to €3,000 for return economy air fare, registration for the KSCP Research Summit and accommodation for visits to several hospitals in the Seoul area.

Reports of previous fellows

ESCP Affiliates