Rising Stars Academy

With the Rising Stars Academy, we wish to provide young surgeons and surgical trainees the opportunity to train on non-technical skills, through a series of online masterclasses given by experts and real leaders in surgery of our time.

Surgery is a very demanding career that requires learning a large number of procedures and countless technical details. Throughout a surgeon’s training and career, education, courses and congresses focus primarily on developing and improving technical skills. However, other talents and skills that are essential to becoming an outstanding surgeon are often neglected during traditional surgical training. With this project, we wish to provide young surgeons and surgical trainees the opportunity to train on non-technical skills, through a series of online masterclasses given by experts and real leaders in surgery of our time.

Eligibility criteria:
Surgeons and surgical trainees under 40 years.
Members of the EAES.
Demonstrate commitment to attend the whole program.
Demonstrate commitment to attend the EAES Rome Congress.

Start of the masterclasses – September 2023.
End of the program – June 2024 (EAES Maastricht Congress)

Outline of the programme:
The program will address relevant topics through online masterclasses, taught by experts on leadership and teamwork, education, innovation, equity, safety, sustainability, work-life balance, resilience and personal well-being, as well as academic publications and research.
Sessions of 90-120 minutes with 3-4 talks of 20 minutes each in every session with 40-60 minutes of discussion.


  1. Leadership and teamwork – 13 September 2023
    Moderator: Ana Senent
    • Mentorship and leadership in modern surgery? – Salvador Morales-Conde
    • Can leadership skills be learned? – Delia Cortes-Guiral
    • Decision making in critical situations – Nader Francis
    • Communication and conflict resolution in a surgical team – Alberto Arezzo
  2. Sustainability and safety – 4 October 2023
    Moderator: Clarisa Birlog
    • Building a green OR – Andrea Pietrabissa
    • The sustainable hospital – Stefania Marconi
    • Safe use of energy devices – Manuel Sánchez-Casalongue
    • Setting up a Safety Management System – Paul Barach
  3. Teaching – 25 October 2023
    Moderator: Audrey Jongen
    • Communication skills – Johanne Bloemen
    • Artificial intelligence in training – Tan Arulampalam
    • Metaverse: the future of education – Manish Chand
    • Train the trainers´ program – Bogdan Smeu
  4. Innovation – 15 November 2023
    Moderator: Marta Botti
    • Innovation as a science – Leonie Baldacchino
    • How to be a surgeon and an innovator – Yoav Mintz
    • Artificial intelligence in surgery – t.b.a.
    • Industrial partnerships & patents – Stefania Marconi
  5. Research – 6 December 2023
    Moderator:  Piers Boshier
    • How to conduct a Delphi study? – Nader Francis
    • How can guidelines inform my research? – Stavros Antoniou
    • Multicentric studies: how to start? – Sheraz Markar
    • Finding funds for a research project – Tan Arulampalam
  6. Equity – 10 January 2024
    Moderator: Audrey Jongen
    • Training differences in eastern vs western countries – t.b.a.
    • Mind the gender gap – Nicole Bouvy
    • Generational gap in surgery. Is youth a barrier? – Pietro Mascagni
  7. Learning – 31 January 2023
    Moderator: Clarisa Birlog
    • Should surgeons trust “youtube”?
    • The best platforms to learn surgery
    • The best apps to learn surgery
  8. Publications in the digital era – 21 February 2024
    Moderator: Piers Boshier & Emmanuele Botteri
    • Digital interaction for sharing knowledge and scientific publications
    • Reaching impact through social media
    • The future of scientific publications
    • The role of open access publications
  9. Personal well-being – 13 March 2024
    Moderator: Emmanuele Botteri
    • Burnout and mental health
    • Ergonomics in surgery
    • Staying fit to perform
    • Will robotics solve ergonomics in surgery?
  10. Work-life balance – 3 April 2024
    Moderator: Marta Botti
    • From resident to president
    • Parenting and operating: the challenge
    • International cooperation
    • Finding the work-life balance as a surgeon
  11. Resilience in surgery – 24 April 2024
    Moderator: Ana Senent
    • Coping with complications
    • How to deal with medico-legal issues
    • Resilience in surgical training
  12. Project presentation – 8 May 2024

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