Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Course Title: Hands-On Foregut Course: ADOPT Program Commitment
Chair: Jonathan Dort, MD
Co-Chair: Rebecca Petersen, MD
Course Description: This course is designed for minimally invasive surgeons and general surgeons with laparoscopic based practices looking to enhance their foregut procedural skills with particular focus on paraesophageal hernia repair. As part of the ADOPT program, participation in this course will supplement the hands-on cadaver skills training with year long ongoing mentorship with the faculty by use of webinars, video based case conferences, and open communication.
Course Title: Laparoscopic Colon Surgery Beyond Laparoscopic-Assisted Techniques: The Value of Intracorporeal Anastomosis
Chair: Alessio Pigazzi, MD
Co-Chair/s: Eric Haas & Giovanni Dapri, MD
Course Description: It has been two decades since the first laparoscopic colectomy was performed. Since then, novel endosurgical instrumentation, a thorough understanding of the benefits of minimally invasive techniques, and the challenges posed by the obesity epidemic have prompted some practitioners to switch from a laparoscopic-assisted approach with extracorporeal anastomosis to a totally laparoscopic technique with intracorporeal anastomosis ( ICA). The potential benefits of this approach are numerous but the procedure is still seen by many as being technically challenging. This course will provide a thorough overview of the different techniques employed by master colorectal surgeons for both right-sided and left-sided resections with ICA. The course will offer both didactic and hands-on cadaver sessions and is tailored for surgeons who are beyond their initial learning curve for laparoscopic colon resections and wish to expand their technical armamentarium.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Course Title: Lap ADOPT: Laparoscopic right hemicolectomy with intracorporeal anastomosis
Chair: Greta Bernier, MD
Co-Chair: Jaime Sanchez, MD
Course Description: As the field of colon & rectal surgery progresses, more and more of what we do will be through minimally invasive techniques, including the anastomosis. This course aims to provide surgeons already comfortable with laparoscopic right hemicolectomy with the tools to incorporate intracorporeal anastomoses to their skill set. This immersion experience exposes our learners to a personalized hands on session including tips and tricks from the experts, video examples, and importantly 4 hours of cadaveric experience individually tailored to their goals and skill level. The ratio in the lab will be 2:1 attendee:faculty. Our mentorship continues through the year long program with ongoing individual interactions with assigned mentor and group webinars to share experiences, give advice and improve the learning curve.
Course Title: Hands-On Course: Primary Procedures in Bariatric Endoscopy & Endoscopic Management of Complications
Chair: Dean J. Mikami, MD
Co-Chair: Mujjahid Abbas, MD,FACS
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Course Description: This course is designed for practicing bariatric surgeons and surgeons new to the field who are involved in the treatment of obesity and metabolic disorders. It will cover basic and advance flexible endoscopy (endoluminal bariatric procedures, stenting, suturing, etc.) as it plays an integral role in the management of obesity and bariatric surgery complications using explant models.
The course materials covered will prepare participants for the BE-SAFE verification exam (Bariatric Endoscopy- Skill Acquisition Fundamentals Exam) which will be held immediately after the course.
BE-SAFE! Testing | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) have worked together to develop a Bariatric Endoscopy – Skill Acquisition Fundamentals Exam (BE-SAFE!) verification process for surgeons.
ASMBS and SAGES have worked together to develop a verification process for members with experience in performing bariatric endoscopy to verify they have acquired the necessary skills to perform these procedures.
Candidates are required to have performed at least 50 upper endoscopic procedures and then complete the video curriculum before taking the qualifying written exam. After passing the qualifying written exam, candidates will then be able to register for the BE-SAFE! hands on skills verification exam.
To get started, Create an account and follow the process:
Step 1: Watch Videos
Step 2: Take Written Qualifying Exam $150 and receive a score of 70% or higher
Step 3: Register for BE-SAFE! Bariatric Endoscopy – Skill Acquisition Fundamentals Exam
Please visit: https://besafe.asmbs.org/ to learn more details.