Inaugural Hands-on Polypectomy Course Save the date - Expressions of Interests Welcome

By NZ Gastro Office | Posted: Friday October 7, 2022

We are excited to be offering a new NZSG course covering best practice in polypectomy and endoscopic resection techniques on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 Feb 2023, University of Auckland (UoA).

Day one, Thursday 9 February will be educational in nature in a lecture theatre within the UoA, location to be confirmed and is open to all those interested based on a first come, first serve basis.

Day two, the following Friday 10 February, is hands-on and is strictly limited to six people. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to practice endoscopic resection techniques under guidance by established Interventional Endoscopists in Aotearoa New Zealand. 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.

Further information can be found in the attached document.

The Costs for the courses are:

Day 1 educational day only  

  • $425 SMOs and Consultants
  • $250 Advanced trainees
  • $150 Endoscopy Nurses, Nurse Endoscopists

Day 1 and 2 combined

  • $2500.00 

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.

Expressions of interest are welcome for the “hands-on”, this is aimed at those endoscopists 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.

Selection will be based on the submitted CV and letter of recommendation. For those wishing to participate in either day 1 only or both day 1 and 2 please submit the application form.  

There will be some additional weighting for those who practice in rural endoscopy services, newly independent endoscopists and those who can demonstrate a longer-term commitment to practicing endoscopy in NZ. Application forms will be reviewed by members of the organising Committee along with additional information requested in the form.  In the event of difficulty in selection, further review by the NZSG Executive Officer will be sought.

We would aim to have all applications reviewed and confirmed by mid-December 2022 so please ensure your interest registered no later than Friday 18 November 2022. 

When submitting your application if you are interested in attending day 2, please send additional information for review to