Round-up of Day 3 at #ESCP2022

As another brilliant conference, full of industry leaders and experts, draws to a close we take a look back on the final day of talks at #ESCP2022.

A number of exciting events took place on Friday to conclude our annual congress in Dublin. From scientific sessions, poster presentations, educational sessions, to joint symposiums, research symposiums and the ESCP Honorary Members Awards, delegates heard from interesting speakers and engaged in animated discussions and debates over the day.

First up was a scientific session on Complex Proctology, where Phil Tozer (UK) kicked things off by discussing Sphincter-Preserving Strategies for Management Of Complex Anal Fistulas. He was followed by five experts, including Sharaf Perdawood (Denmark), Bülent Menteş (Turkey), Igors Iesalnieks (Germany), Danielle A. van Reijn (Netherlands) and Ida Kaad Faurschou (Denmark), who spoke about their surgical methods and studies related to complex proctology.

The following session was a discussion on Oral Visual Poster Presentations, chaired by Sebastiano Biondo (ES), Muhammad Imran Aslam (UK) and Beatriz Martin-Perez (Spain). This saw 21 posters presented, covering wide-ranging topics including, Population Preference for Treatment of Uncomplicated Appendicitis, Preliminary Results on Efferent Loop Stimulation Prior to Ileostomy Closure and a National Evaluation of Management of Obstructive Left-Sided Colon Cancer.

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Next up was a valuable research symposium on Trials Methodology, with Gabrielle Van Ramshorst (Belgium) covering You Can’t Make a Silk Purse out of a Sow’s Ear’: Common Errors in Trial Design, before Dion Morton (UK) discussed Natural Experiments in the Covid-Era: What Have We Learned in Colorectal Disease? Then we heard from Eva Angenete (Sweden), Yasuko Maeda (UK) and Gabrielle Van Ramshorst (Belgium), who presented Authorship – Rights and Wrongs. Ismail Gogenur (Denmark) concluded this session with The Future for Patient Data – Data Democracy, Block Chain and the Metaverse Alternate: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Secure Private Cloud Computing to Save Lives.

Alongside our research symposium, Friday also saw an educational session on Prevention and Management of Complications. Here, we heard from Roel Hompes (Netherlands), Nicolas Buchs (Switzerland), Inés Rubio-Pérez (Spain) and Samuel Adegbola (UK) on the psychology of dealing with complications, as well as what to do when faced with specific complications, such as leakage and bleeding.

Following this, there was a scientific session on Improving Outcomes in Colon Cancer. This session invited Hector Guadalajara (Spain), Maurice Loughrey (UK), Geerard Beets (Netherlands), Delia Cortes Guiral (Spain), Leandro Siragusa (Italy) and Hidde Swartjes (Netherlands) to the stage to present their findings on a wide range of studies, such as an overview on neoadjuvant oncological therapy for colon cancer.

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Running alongside these talks, in a parallel room, was an education session titled Education Core Subject Update 2. Here, Carolynne Vaizey (UK) discussed Entercutaneous Fistula and Open Abdomen, Adam Dziki (Poland) chatted through his presentation on Retrorectal Tumours and Janindra Warusavitarne (UK) concluded with a guide on Obstructed Defaecation.

#ESCP2022 had a particularly busy morning as it also saw a joint symposium commence: the ESCP/ EAES Symposium. This involved four speakers delivering talks on Can AI Solve the Doubts in Complete Clinical Response in Rectal Cancer?, Training the Young in Minimally Invasive Rectal Cancer Surgery in 2022 – What to Recommend?, Augmented Reality in Mis Surgery and 3D Printing in Clinical Applications.

Our final morning session was a scientific session on Training & Outcome, which took a deep dive into how training as colorectal surgeons can be improved. We heard from Katie Adams (UK), discussed Training and Qualification in Colorectal Surgery: Where Do We Stand and What are the Demands? Then Ellen van Eetvelde (Belgium) took to the stage to present a talk on Mentoring, Coaching, Raising Future Colorectal Surgeons: Are Technical Skills Enough? Following her, Frederic Ris (Switzerland) kicked off Simulation & Surgical Training – an interesting discussion and analysis of using simulation and virtual reality (VR) for training purposes.

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Delivering the last talks of the day were Tania C. Sluckin (Netherlands) and Jared Torkington (UK), who presented two interesting studies to conclude the scientific session:

  • Tania presenting O33 - Nationwide Evaluation of MRI Reporting of Lateral Lymph Nodes in Rectal Cancer Patients and Concordance with MRI Re-Review Following Additional Training
  • Jared presenting O34 - “Happy to Close?”: The Relationship Between Surgical Experience and Incisional Hernia Rates Following Abdominal Wall Closure in Colorectal Surgery

The afternoon started with the ESCP Honorary Members Awards, where deserving members were presented with medals for their valuable contribution to the society.

ESCP’s 17th Annual Conference in Dublin concluded with a formal Presidential Address in the Auditorium. Here, our new President for 2022-23, Eloy Espin, took time to celebrate a successful three days, which brought members and fellows together from across the world. He thanked the room - both those physically and virtually present - for joining, and paid special recognition to the team who it all possible, including ESCP sponsors.

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The ESCP’s 18th Scientific & Annual Meeting will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania between 20-22 September 2023.

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