I am honoured to announce the continuation of the EACTS ACADEMY – ENDOSCOPIC PORT-ACCESS MITRAL VALVE REPAIR DRYLAB course at Maastricht University Medical Centre, the Netherlands. I am very pleased to announce that for each course in 2017 we have invited a Giant in minimally invasive mitral valve surgery as an honoured faculty member. For the course in February, Professor Friedrich Mohr will be our honoured faculty member and in May we have Professor Randolph Chitwood. This will create a unique opportunity to benefit from huge experience of these Giants during the two-day course.
During the last 14 months, 6 courses have been organized and over 100 surgeons from all over the globe were trained in Maastricht. The course is part of EACTS Academic Skills programme and is designed for surgeons wanting to start the minimally invasive mitral valve surgery program at their own institute.
The course focus is on the technical details necessary to set up the endoscopic program and the technical skills required for performing endoscopic mitral valve surgery. We have developed a high-fidelity endoscopic simulator and will use it during the course to train the necessary skills in an objective and reproducible manner. For the past two editions of the course we used 3D-printed pathologic mitral valves. This enabled us not only to train endoscopic skills but also to train mitral repair techniques endoscopically.
The course will commence with a theoretical assessment followed by a hands-on assessment to measure the level of knowledge and dexterity. The program is composed of theoretical and practical sections, in a mixture based on best learning evidence. The course will end with a theoretical and technical post-assessment to measure the level of progress.
For each course we will only accept a limited number of participants and the dates for 2017 are as follows:
The registration is online and through EACTS user area. For further information you can visit the EACTS website