laparoscopic colorectal training course aspirations are to demonstrate
our techniques of laparoscopic resection, advise on the pitfalls we have
encountered over the years and, in general, to impart our practical
experience with laparoscopic colorectal surgery.
Two three day
courses are held at a number of Brisbane hospitals. One course starts
on Tuesday, operating with David Clark. The second course starts at the
Royal Brisbane Hospital with Andrew Stevenson on Wednesday morning.
This theatre session is followed by practical skills development at the
Queensland Health Clinical Skills Centre
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/skills/default.asp, utilising state of the
art virtual reality and laparoscopic trainers. The Wednesday course
component closes with a dinner meeting for data and video presentation
accompanied by informal discussions.
On Thursday, participants
join Andrew Stevenson, David Clark, Damien Petersen, Briane Meade
and/or John Lumley who have operating lists at the Wesley Hospital, Holy
Spirit Northside and St Andrews Hospitals. The Friday morning session
is held at the Holy Spirit Northside Hospital, which uses modern
"endosuites" to enhance and facilitate the surgeons laparoscopic
Our aim is to fill these lists with suitable
laparoscopic colorectal cases but obviously the types of procedures will
vary. However, most participants would be involved in 5 - 10
laparoscopically-assisted colorectal operations over the course of
either three day workshop. We have limited the number of participants to
two surgeons at any time, with their operating scrub nurses, to enable
closer interaction and communication. By visiting a number of hospitals,
participants will have the opportunity to compare and contrast
laparoscopic equipment and theatre nursing styles.
Johnson Endosurgery have kindly agreed to sponsor the travel and
accommodation for the visiting surgeons and nurses. Please contact J
& J directly if you are keen to attend.
This is a novel approach to laparoscopic skills enhancement and we look forward to participating in this with you. Any feedback in relation to the structure, content or execution of the course would be greatly appreciated. In this way, we would hope that the workshop will continue to evolve, in a manner that best suits the needs of the participating surgeons.