Inaugural Hands-on Polypectomy Course -Expressions of Interests Welcome

By NZ Gastro Office | Posted: Tuesday January 25, 2022

an opportunity to advance skills for independent practising colonoscopists wishing to improve their polypectomy technique, advanced trainees and fellows who wish to gain confidence and those planning on becoming NBSP providers

Expression of interest welcome for a “hands-on polypectomy course”, aimed at those with some experience in polypectomy. This is an opportunity to advance skills for independent practising colonoscopists wishing to improve their polypectomy technique, advanced trainees and fellows who wish to gain confidence in their independent practice and those endoscopists who are planning on becoming NBSP providers.

This course is aimed at colonoscopists who are already achieving 90% completion (intention to treat) and wishing to improve or develop their therapeutic technical skills. Polypectomy is a key component of current colonoscopy practice and there will be an opportunity to have hands on training on BASIC EMR and polypectomy. Please note this course will generally not include large or complex polypectomy.

The course will run over two days. Day one will comprise lectures and demonstration with day two being reserved for a limited number of hands-on live pig training opportunities. This will be run with the UoA at their skills lab in Auckland.

The course aims to review individual’s polypectomy technique with formative feedback; supplemented by some hands-on skills training in assessment of polyp types and management, basic EMR and polypectomy. There will be opportunity to try various techniques used such as basic lift and snare EMR, band-ligation EMR plus adjunct such as soft-tip coagulation techniques.

The objectives of the course include:

• Describe endoscopic superficial neoplasia and the role of different resection techniques

• Increase the understanding of the indications for EMR

• Describe equipment necessary for therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopy.

• Increase understanding of range of therapeutic modalities involved in polypectomy.

• Familiarisation with techniques to reduce recurrence, treatment of complications.

• Provide opportunity to utilise equipment and have hand-on training in polypectomy.

The course is planned for mid-2022. If you would like to be considered for enrolment in this course, please send your name with current CV to NZSG at office@nzsg.org.nz

Please note places are limited to six to eight people for the full two days. The first day course of theory may be open to larger numbers depending on interest.