All masterclasses will take place on Tuesday and Friday, 11th and 14th June 2024. Participation only possible in combination with registration for the core congress, unless indicated otherwise. For prices, check the registration page.

Monday 10th June 2024

WS1 INGUIDE certified guideline methodologist*
Course director: Stavros Antoniou (Greece)

Tutors: Miranda Langendam (The Netherlands), Mariska Tuut (The Netherlands)
Room: Lisbon 0.7
16.00 – 20.00 hrs
*No congress registration required
Designed for individuals participating in a guideline development group in the role of an expert methodologist. More information: INGUIDE website
After completion of the Guideline Methodologist course, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand and describe the evidence-based methods to developing practice guidelines, based on the entire GIN-McMaster checklist
  • Apply the evidence-based methods as a panel methodologist

Please note that all learners must have INGUIDE Guideline Panel Member certification (online course), completed by the 27th of May 2024.

Tuesday 11th June 2024

WS2 INGUIDE certified guideline methodologist*
Course director: Stavros Antoniou (Greece)

Tutors: Miranda Langendam (The Netherlands), Mariska Tuut (The Netherlands)
Room: Lisbon 0.7
09.00 – 17.45 hrs
*No congress registration required
Designed for individuals participating in a guideline development group in the role of an expert methodologist. More information: INGUIDE website
After completion of the Guideline Methodologist course, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand and describe the evidence-based methods to developing practice guidelines, based on the entire GIN-McMaster checklist
  • Apply the evidence-based methods as a panel methodologist

Please note that all learners must have INGUIDE Guideline Panel Member certification (online course), completed by the 27th of May 2024.

WS3 Classica
Course director: Ronan Cahill (Ireland), Alberto Arezzo (Italy), Rita Rodriguez (France)

Room: Volga 2.1
15.00 – 17.00 hrs

Chair: Ronan Cahill (Ireland)

15.00 – 15.20     Local excision for neoplasia – state of the art – Jurriaan Tuynman (The Netherlands)
15.20 – 15.40     Classica project – state of the future art – Ronan Cahill (Ireland)
15.40 – 16.10     Classica software – hands on demo – Samo Erzen (Slovenia)
16.10 – 16.30     AI and surgery – liability issues – Mindy Nunez Duffourc (The Netherlands)
16.30 – 17.00     AI and surgery – quo vadis? – Alberto Arezzo (Italy) (EAES)

MC1 EAES Research Talent Academy
Course director: Sheraz Markar (UK), Lisa Massey (UK) and Emina Letic (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Room: Paris 0.5
10.00 – 12.20 hrs

10.00 – 10.10     Introduction – Tan Arulampalam (UK)
10.10 – 10.30     Academic / clinical / personal balance – Delia Cortes-Guiral (Spain)
10.30 – 10.50     Developing a research programme – Ayesha Noorani (UK)
10.50 – 11.10     The art of writing – how to get your research published – Jaap Bonjer (The Netherlands)
11.10 – 11.30     Collaborating with industry in research – Ahmed Ahmed (UK)
11.30 – 11.50     Establishing research network in 2024 – Mark van Berge Henegouwen (The Netherlands)
11.50 – 12.10     Building your academic surgical career – Sheraz Markar (UK)
12.10 – 12.30     Concluding remarks and questions

12.30 – 13.30      Lunch

MC2 EAES Research Talent Academy Sandpit
Course director: Sheraz Markar (UK), Lisa Massey (UK) and Emina Letic (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

Panellists: Sheraz Markar (UK), Tan Arulampalam (UK), Delia Cortes-Guiral (Spain), Ayesha Noorani (UK), Ahmed Ahmed (UK), Mark van Berge Henegouwen (The Netherlands)
Room: Paris 0.5
13.30 – 17.30 hrs

13.30 – 13.45    Embedding diversity within your research – Pat Sylla (USA)
13.45 – 16.30    Breakout project development
16.30 – 17.10    Presentation and discussion
17.10 – 17.30    Discussion and presentation of award

MC3 Laparoscopic bile duct exploration Choledochoscopy (sponsored by Storz)
Course director: Ahmad Nassar (UK)

Tutors: Jaime Vilaça (Portugal), Tarek Katbeh (UK), Louis Carvalho (Belgium)
Room: Washington 0.15
09.00 – 17.00 hrs
Only 20 places available

This masterclass is meant for observers to the hands-on course of the same name. You will attend the same theoretical part as the hands-on participants. After that you will continue with videos, while the others are practicing. You will be in the same room so you will get to see all the hands-on activities. This masterclass is especially suited for those who want to know how to setup a service, consider the logistics involved and build a business case.

Wednesday 12 June 2024 and Thursday 13 June 2024

WS4 Stapling (sponsored by Johnson&Johnson)
Course directors: Tan Arulampalam (UK)
Faculty: Ben Griffiths (UK), Nienke Warnaar (UK), Audrius Dulskas (Lithuania), Anna Palepa
Free admission for registered congress participants
Room: Lisbon 0.7
08.00 – 10.30 hrs

08:00     Registration & Welcome
08:30     Stapling technology and principles of safe stapling
08:45     Tips tricks and pitfalls
09:00     Simulator
10:15     Debrief
10:30     Close

Educational objective:

  • To understand the the principles of stapling technology
  • To understand the current techniques of extracorporeal anastomosis
  • To have hands on experience with devices
  • To have case based discussions on tips, tricks and pitfalls

Friday 14 June 2024

MC4 Artificial Intelligence (sponsored by Asensus Surgical through an unrestricted educational grant)
Course directors: Felix Nickel (Germany), Chen Sagiv (Israel), Pietro Mascagni (Italy)
Faculty: Ronan Cahill (Ireland), Pieter de Backer (Belgium), Young-Woo Kim (Korea), Luca Sestini (France), Deepak Alapatt (France)
Room: Sydney 0.10
09.00 – 18.00 hrs
Only 40 places available, bring your own laptop

 Please fill in the survey to understand how surgeons knowledge, expectations and involvement in AI is evolving over the years. The survey is quite short, less than 10 minutes to complete it. Thank you!

Session 1: Digital surgery
09:00 – 09:30 Surgical data science – Pietro Mascagni (Italy)
09:30 – 10:00 Surgical robotics as a key platform – Pieter de Backer (Belgium)
10:00 – 10:30 Surgical quality assessment with AI – Felix Nickel (Germany)
10:30 – 10:45 Ethical, cultural, and educational considerations – Young-Woo Kim (Korea)
10.45 – 11:15 Coffee break

Session 2: Developing AI
11:15 – 11:45 Surgical computer vision – Deepak Alapatt (France)
11:45 – 12:15 Surgical AI: practical considerations – Luca Sestini (France)
12:15 – 12:45 Making CLASSICA – Ronan Cahill (Ireland)
12.45 – 13:45 Lunch break

13.45 – 17:30 Hands-on
Building a surgical AI application – Luca Sestini (France)
State of the art annotation tools for surgical video – Chen Sagiv (Israel)
Automatic FLS – Deepak Alapatt (France)
Asensus Surgical hands-on (recap of webinar, accessing the cloud, digital dashboard, survey)

During the hands-on part there will be a coffee break from 14.30 – 14:45 hrs

17:30 Farewell drinks

Are you a surgeons (of any age), residents or medical students interested in getting more basic knowledge on AI research and applications in surgery including some practical exposure to surgical AI? Sign up for this masterclass now.

Programme (1 day):

  • Basic introduction to AI including core terms and different architectures of important models,
  • overview of
    • Sensors /Data,
    • AI Models,
    • AI Tasks,
    • AI Applications,
    • Outcomes,
    • Successful clinical use of AI in surgery
  • Practical exercises with AI applications, participants are encouraged to bring their own device (Laptop) and also their own data (surgical video or CT scan) for live experience of annotation, labelling etc.
  • Please note that there was a 1,5-hour webinar in preparation of this masterclass. This took place Tuesday, 21st May at 17.00 hrs CEST. Check it out here.

MC5 How to become a successful innovator: medical device innovation boot camp
Course directors: Kiyokazu Nakajima (Japan), Paul Barach (USA), Yoav Mintz (Israel)
Room: Cape Town 0.11
Morning 09:00 – 14:00 hrs
Only 20 places available

09.00 – 09.10    Introduction – Kiyokazu Nakajima (Japan)
09.10 – 09.20    Ice breaker at each table – Paul Barach (USA)
09.20 – 09.40    The process of innovation – Yoav Mintz (Israel)
09.40 – 10.00    Rapid prototyping – Yuji Ishii (Japan)
10.00 – 10.20    Insights from an entrepreneur: “from concept to reality – testimonies from founder and CEO of OVESCO” – Marc Schurr (Germany)
10.20 – 10.40    User models, task analysis and device usability assessment – Paul Barach (USA)
10.40 – 11.00 Insights from an entrepreneur: “my failure stories” – Amir Szold (Israel)

11.00 Get coffee and return to meeting room

11.00 – 11.40    Round table session 1

11.40 – 12.00    Role of engineers in MedTech innovation – Tim Horeman (The Netherlands)
12.00 – 12.20    Insights from an entrepreneur “The reality of forming a startup company – how to
survive the struggles of funding, IP and competition” from the CEO of Momentis Surgical – Dvir Cohen (Israel)

12.20 – 13.00    Round table session 2

13.00 – 13.30    Pitch session (5-min presentation from each table)
13.30 – 14.00    Wrap up and next steps – Paul Barach (USA)

PLEASE NOTE: participants to the course should read and view the supplemental material prior to the course. This material will be made available in due time and in a timely manner.

The EAES Innovation Boot camp 2024 is a half-day hands-on masterclass structured to
help participants quickly improve their innovative thinking while immersing themselves
in rigorous, collaborative, action-learning activities that will help them practice new
innovation skills on real clinical opportunities.
You will learn principles central to innovation directly from seasoned instructors: problem
discovery, ideation, user innovation, customer sense-making, and more. You will hear
from entrepreneurs, investors, and other diverse and international ecosystems.

The Boot camp will provide participants with:
• Lectures from seasoned, experienced innovators who will present real-world issues
and scenarios. A mix of on-site and pre-recorded presentations.
• Round table innovation training sessions with experienced innovation practitioners.
You will get a deep look into other healthcare systems, challenges, and innovations
from selecting a problem, developing a superior solution, and building a
sustainable business model together, (max. 5 participants per table)
• Strategic storytelling how to present ideas and gain stakeholder and financial
support. You’ll get insight into how these different features affect healthcare
innovation in a range of locations.

MC6 Surgical Performance Academy – achieving mastery in surgical practice (by Research committee)
Course director: Thanjakumar Arulampalam (UK)
Room: Brussels 0.4
09.00 – 15.30
Only 25 places available
A training day with Paul Barach (USA), Debbie Gooch (UK) and Michael Blackhurst (New Zealand)

Despite excellence in technical training we find that healthcare is blighted by high levels of preventable harm and poor outcomes. Most surgical complications do not originate from intraoperative technical errors, but rather from deficiencies in non-technical skills, such as communication and trust breakdown. This is costly to our patients and the system but also causes lasting injury to healthcare staff who are often not trained on how to recognise, prevent and mitigate. The success of non-medical, high performing (high-reliability organizations) is based on high-performing teams, standardized communication, and redundant fail-safe backup options which prevent an error from cascading to harm. This deep dive course addresses how best to introduce radical truth, civility, entrustment, team working and higher quality communication skills within high performing multidisciplinary surgical teams through deep reflection, discussion, role play and storytelling. Pre course materials including digital assets will be provided as well as questionnaires seeking to direct the learners to deep reflection and a focus on relevant issues for achieving exceptional and consistent surgical outcomes. We will ensure post workshop follow up occurs to help facilitate and drive culture change.

MC7 Ta-TME: Transanal total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer
Course director: Michel Adamina (Switzerland)
Room: Paris 0.5
09.30 – 16.45 hrs

09.30 – 10.00     Welcome
10.00 – 10.05     Course outline & objectives – Michel Adamina (Switzerland)
10.05 – 10.25     An overview of surgical techniques for proctectomy – Georgios Peros (Switzerland)
10.25 – 10.45     Rationale, indications, and benefits of ta-TME – Michel Adamina (Switzerland)
10.45 – 11.05     The perfect operation: operative room setup, devices, and instruments – Frédéric Ris (Switzerland)
11.05 – 11.25     The perfect operation: surgical technique step by step – Marta Penna (UK)
11.25 – 11.45     The less than perfect operation: pitfalls and complications – Jurriaan Tuynman
(The Netherlands)
11.45 – 12.00     Discussion
12.00 – 13.10     Lunch break

13.10 – 13.30     Pelvic anatomy revisited / pelvic nerve preservation – Isacco Montroni (Italy)
13.30 – 13.50     Beyond cancer: more indications for the transanal approach – Roel Hompes (The Netherlands)
13.50 – 14.10     Unedited taTME videos – All faculty
14.10 – 14.30     ICG and near-infrared fluorescence angiography and mapping – Merlijn Hutteman (The Netherlands)
14.30 – 14.50     Transanal transection and single-stapled anastomosis – Caterina Foppa (Italy)
14.50 – 15.20     Coffee break

15.20 – 15.40    Is a robotic approach an alternative to taTME in cancer & IBD? – Patricia Tejedor (Spain)
15.40 – 16.00     Introducing ta-TME at home: advice and tricks of the trade – Patricia Sylla (USA)
16.00 – 16.20     Discussion – all you ever wanted to ask  – All faculty
16.20 – 16.30     Course evaluation
16.30 – 16.45    Closure

The surgical management of rectal cancer is evolving. Among the new surgical approaches, transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME) addresses the anatomical limitations of the bony confines of the pelvis, bulky tumor, and fatty mesorectum. However, guidance is required to ensure safe implementation and to avoid the pitfalls and major morbidity encountered by the early adopters of taTME. This course participates to an educational framework towards an optimal introduction of a taTME programme.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the surgical indications and limits of performing a transanal total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer
  • Recall the operative room set up and patient positioning, the recommended instruments and surgical devices
  • Recognise the anatomical landmarks of pelvic surgery and describe the key surgical steps of a transanal total mesorectal excision for cancer
  • Know the most common technical pitfalls and how to troubleshoot them
  • Know the common surgical complications, how to avoid them and how to deal with them
  • Describe the requirements to start a transanal total mesorectal excision programme at their institution
  • Be optimally prepared to participate to a practical ta-TME course

MC8 Systematic review and meta-analysis for guideline development
Course directors: Francesco Maria Carrano (Italy), Stavros Antoniou (Greece)
Facilitators: Stavros Antoniou (Greece), Bright Huo (Canada), Dimitris Mavridis (Greece), Monica Ortenzi (Italy), Eugenia Romano (UK), Sofia Tsokani (Greece), Alexandros Tzanis (Greece)
Room: Rome 0.8
For invited participants only

Session 1: Systematic review
09.00 – 09.05 Introduction – Stavros Antoniou (Greece)
09.05 – 09.10 Definition, importance, and aims of a systematic review – Francesco Maria Carrano
09.10 – 09.20 Characteristics of different types of literature reviews – Eugenia Romano (UK)
09.20 – 09.30 Building a protocol – Stavros Antoniou (Greece)
09.30 – 09.45 Systematic review: researching the evidence – Bright Huo (Canada)
09.45 – 09.55 Systematic review: selecting studies – Alexandros Tzanis (Greece)
09.55 – 10.05 Systematic review: collecting data – Eugenia Romano (UK)
10.05 – 10.10 Continuous data – Sofia Tsokani (Greece)
10.10 – 10.15 Dichotomous and time-to-event data – Dimitris Mavridis (Greece)
10.15 – 10.30 Break

10.30 – 11.00 Systematic reviews: assessing bias in RCTs – Bright Huo (Canada)
11.00 – 11.30 Systematic reviews: assessing bias in observational studies – Alexandros Tzanis
11.30 – 11.40 Review report – Monica Ortenzi (Italy)
11.40 – 11.45 Putting it all together – Francesco Maria Carrano (Italy)

11.45 – 12.00 PROFICIENCY TEST – 15 minutes

Session 2: Advanced systematic review and meta-analysis course
12.00 – 12.20     Analysing data and undertaking a meta-analysis: introduction to meta-analysis –
Sofia Tsokani (Greece)
12.20 – 12.40    Fixed effect and random effects meta-analysis (dichotomous/continuous outcomes, counts and rates, time to event outcomes) – Dimitris Mavridis (Greece)
12.40 – 12.50    Effect sizes (risk/odds ratio) – Sofia Tsokani (Greece)  
12.50 – 13.05    Heterogeneity (subgroup/meta-regression analyses) – Dimitris Mavridis (Greece)
13.05 – 13.15    Small study effects and publication bias – Dimitris Mavridis (Greece)
13.15 – 13.20    Missing data – Dimitris Mavridis (Greece)
13.20 – 13.25    Introduction to network meta-analysis – Dimitris Mavridis (Greece)
13.25 – 13.30    Putting it all together – Sofia Tsokani (Greece)

Course objectives: The primary aim of this course is to create a task force of proficient systematic reviewers who can contribute effectively as official systematic reviewers for the purposes of EAES guidelines development.

This course is designed to teach young surgeons the skills and knowledge they need to conduct high-quality systematic reviews that can be used to inform future EAES clinical practice guidelines.

Systematic reviews are an essential tool for guideline development because they provide a comprehensive and unbiased overview of the evidence on a particular topic. By conducting systematic reviews, surgeons can play a vital role in ensuring that EAES clinical practice guidelines are based on the best available evidence.

The course will cover all aspects of the systematic review process, including advanced evidence synthesis methods, and provide guidance to participants on how to develop a search strategy, conduct the review, and write and publish their findings.