Detailed information of ESU Hands-on Training courses

The European School of Urology (ESU), in partnership with the EAU Sections, has developed the state-of-the-art Hands-on-Training (HOT) courses to boost and refine skills and knowledge.

Hands-on Training (HOT) courses have improved and widened the spectrum of training by working with instruments, educational devices and virtual trainers. These informative HOT courses are facilitated by internally-known experts so that participants can benefit from the latest technology and knownhow. Found below is a overview of various HOT courses that will be offered during the Congress.

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ESU/ERUS Hands-on Training in Robotic surgery Intro course

The European School of Urology (ESU) and the EAU Robotic Urology Section (ERUS) offer an intensive Handson Training course. We will provide training using simulators. The main aims of this 90 minutes course are: improving the participants’ control-skills and hand-eye-coordination, as well as an objective benchmarking of console performance and an introduction into standardized surgical steps in robot-assisted procedures.

Aims and objectives
Improve your basic robotic surgery skills in the following areas:

  • Endowrist manipulation
  • Camera Control
  • 3rd Arm Control
  • Needle Placement and Driving
  • Suturing and Knot Tying

Target audience
Novice and experienced surgeons practicing or looking to practice

ESU/ESUT Hands-on Training in Basic laparoscopic skills

In this course basic laparoscopic and suturing skills can be learned and trained. Psychomotor skills such as depth perception and bimanual dexterity are trained by the validated exercises of the European Basic Laparoscopic Urological Skills (E-BLUS) training programme.

Experienced laparoscopist-tutors will guide you to master such basic laparoscopy skills as instrument handling, pattern cutting and intracorporal suturing. This course can be used as an additional training to prepare for the E-BLUS examination. Finally, all remaining questions can be answered and discussed with all tutors including the demonstration of tips and tricks.

Aims and objectives
You will improve your laparoscopic skills such as depth perception and bimanual dexterity

Target audience
Urologists with a basic level in laparoscopy

Basic laparoscopy (E-BLUS exam)

The European training in basic laparoscopic urological skills (E-BLUS) is a programme offered to residents and urologists who want to improve the basic skills in laparoscopy. It is a unique opportunity to train with international experts in laparoscopy. The E-BLUS programme includes:

  • Hands-on Training (HOT) courses of different levels carried out under the guidance of experienced tutors
  • A set of training-box exercises developed and validated by the Dutch project Training in Urology (TiU) to train basic skills needed in urological laparoscopy
  • E-BLUS examination and certification
  • An online theoretical course

Target audience
Urologists with an advanced level in laparoscopy.

To prepare for the E-BLUS examination please review the online laparoscopic exercises.

ESU Hands-on Training in Urodynamics

This course aims to provide a practical course offering an interactive “hands-on” environment for doctors, nurses and technicians to improve their skills in urodynamics, with an emphasis on practical aspects including equipment used, interpretation of traces, quality control and trouble-shooting. The use of recorded tests, access to equipment and small groups means that individual problems can be addressed. All the speakers are involved in similar “hands-on” courses, which have run successfully in the United Kingdom and abroad. The small group format has been shown to work well in addressing individual needs. Access to teaching aids and equipment will simulate the clinical scenario as much as possible within the constraints of the conference setting.

Aims and objectives
At the end of the workshop delegates should feel more confident in their practice of urodynamics.

Target audience
For all participants with an interest in Urodynamics

ESU/ESUT/ESUI Hands-on Training in MRI fusion biopsy

MRI is increasingly used in patients undergoing prostate biopsies. Different MRI Ultrasound fusion devices allow integrating the MRI information into the daily clinical workflow. The course will provide an overview on MRI reading, technical basics and different prostate biopsy approaches. Technical considerations, the transrectal or transperineal approach will be critically reviewed and discussed. During the second half of the course, the participants are able to try out 5 different Fusion biopsy machines in small groups, changing every 10 min.

Aims and objectives
At the end of the course, the participants understand the advantages, handling and limitations of MRI

Target audience
Urologists, interested in the diagnostic ability of MRI use for transrectal and perineal prostate biopsies

ESU Hands-on Training in OnabotulinumtoxinA administration for OAB

Botulinum toxin type A administration in Urology has become common practice over the last two decades. Following the completion of Phase 3 registration trials in OAB, OnabotulinumtoxinA received marketing approval for this indication and now has a standardised injection paradigm. This workshop is procedure-focused, and will teach attendees the practicalities of OnabotulinumtoxinA administration through short lectures, videos and hands-on demonstrations using bladder models. Attendees will learn how to reconstitute the product and see different types of equipment available.

Target audience
For all participants with an interest in OnabotulinumtoxinA administration for OAB

ESU/ESFFU Hands-on Training in Sacral neuromodulation procedure standardisation

A practical Hands-on Training course that will allow the participants to practice on models the different steps of performing sacral neuromodulation including primary percutaneous nerve evaluation, tined lead and battery implantation and programming and also troubleshooting.

Aims and objectives

  • Understand the indications for SNM
  • Be able to perform the different steps of the procedure in a standardized format
  • Be able to troubleshoot problems with SNM

Target audience
Doctors, Nurses, technicians and clinical scientists who have little or no knowledge of sacral neuromodulation.

ESU/ESUT Hands-on Training in Transurethral therapy of LUTS – bipolar TURP

The European School of Urology (ESU) and the EAU Section of Uro-Technology (ESUT) offer an intensive Hands-on Training course with different models focussing on the endoscopic management of LUTS. The delegates will be taken through a sequential programme of Bipolar TURP using normal endoscopic instruments in different models. A video demonstrating the different steps and tasks of the procedures will be presented and afterwards the delegates will be instructed according to their level of experience in small teams at the models. Finally, all remaining questions can be answered and discussed with all tutors including the demonstration of tips and tricks.

Aims and objectives
The participants will be able to interact with tutors and gain valuable insights into the tips and tricks of Bipolar TURP

Target audience
Beneficial for novice and experienced surgeons wishing to learn the more about the procedure

ESU/ESUT Hands-on Training in Thulium laser prostate vaporesection

This Hands-on Training course is to introduce the trainee into the laser tissue interaction of the Thulium 2 micron continuous wave laser with the use of two different training stations. In the first workstation the trainee will try the laser on cadaver tissue submersed in water. The second setting resembles the Thulium Laser Vaporesection of Prostate on a training device.

Aims and objectives

  • The trainee will understand the tissue vaporization effect by the Thulium 2 micron continuous wave laser, the limited depth of tissue damage and how to vaporize and to perform a cut in tissue
  • The trainee also may cut the sample tissue by cold knife for visual inspection of the tissue damage zone
  • The trainee is challenged to introduce the laser resectoscope into the artificial organ of the training device, manoeuvre the resectoscope in the artificial prostatic urethra and to vaporize and cut tissue samples

Target audience
Beneficial for novice and experienced surgeons wishing to learn the more about the procedure

ESU/ESUT/EULIS Hands-on Training in Ureterorenoscopy

Ureteroscopy is an essential tool in the management of stone disease for all Endourologists. This course will provide Hands-on Training with tutor guided practical tips and tricks of doing ureteroscopy. Participants will get a chance to perform Semirigid and Flexible ureteroscopy in the models with a chance to navigate the pelvicalyceal system, stone manipulation and extraction.

Aims and objectives

  • At the end of the course, the participants will be able to perform rigid and flexible ureteroscopy in the models
  • The participants will be able to interact with tutors and gain valuable insights into the tips and tricks of basic and advanced ureteroscopy

ESU Hands-on Training Course in Non-technical skills

At the upcoming 32nd Annual EAU Congress (EAU17) in London, the European School of Urology (ESU) will offer the Hands-on Training course “Non-Technical Skills in Urology” from 25 to 27 March at 10:00 to 12:00, and again at 14:00 to 16:00. The ESU aims to raise awareness of the many benefits of non-technical skills in operating-room practice. The course is the first of its kind.

The operating room is a complex and highly stressful environment that requires interaction between a large team to achieve successful outcomes for the patient. This requires not only effective procedure-specific technical skills, but also additionally a range of non-technical skills. The importance of non-technical skills is often overlooked but they are unfortunately a major cause of surgical error. Like technical skills, which are acquired over many years of practice and training, non-technical skills are not innate traits and must also be developed through training and experience.

This course will serve to introduce practicing urologists to the concept of non-technical skills using an interactive full immersion simulation environment, developed by Kneebone et al. (Imperial College London), whilst undertaking common scenarios in urolithiasis. Participants will be evaluated by experts in surgical education and provided individual feedback with view for further self-improvement.

Aims and objectives

This course aims to introduce the concept of non-technical skills and provide an interactive “hands-on” environment to practicing urologists and residents-in-training, in the hope of improving and raising self-awareness for everyday operating room practice.

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