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Skills Programme

The variety of technology-driven procedures is ever increasing. The evolution towards less invasive and the introduction of advanced techniques to treat complex Cardio-Thoracic diseases has created an ongoing educational need amongst practicing surgeons. Training in advanced techniques and technology is a necessity and no longer a luxury for the practicing surgeon.

As techniques are regularly introduced by industry partners, EACTS strongly believes that it has a responsibility to provide appropriate training to optimise patient outcome and patient safety. Training in surgical skills should not be the obligation for industry alone.

The EACTS Academy is pleased to offer advanced training programmes in surgical skills and has collaborated with surgeons experienced with certain procedures to develop these training programmes.

One short course is insufficient to fully comprehend a new therapy. The EACTS Skills Programme will offer up to four separate modules for instruction where one can obtain different competencies. Each programme will address the spectrum of skill levels and allows surgeons to begin training at their level of expertise.

The EACTS Skills Programme will each have up to five learning modules. The first three modules can be taken in any order, but a progressive order is best.

  • 1
  • A “professional challenge session” at the Annual Meeting. This module will offer keynote lectures on the state of the art of the specific technique with experts, followed by a demonstration of the technique by video or live surgery and a discussion on complications that may arise when applying this technique. Competency to be acquired: critical thinking, decision-making, principles of quality and safety improvement.
  • 2
  • A course on surgical anatomy, physiology and principles of surgical and non-surgical treatment in the specific area at the EACTS House in Windsor. Competency to be acquired: knowledge and comprehension, decision-making, medical professionalism, evidence and guidelines, principles of quality and safety improvement.
  • 3
  • A course of 2-3 days “on site” in a hospital with a large experience of the technique. This module will offer interactive discussions with experts in the field and demonstration by live surgery on how the technique can be applied. The module may also include a “hands-on” aspect in a simulated environment. Competency to be acquired: knowledge, medical expertise.
  • 4
  • The opportunity to visit an EACTS accredited centre for a certain period of time to participate in the operating room as an observer or with a “hands-on” aspect in a real-world environment. Competency to be acquired: technical skills, medical expert, principles of quality and safety improvement.
  • 5
  • Clinical proctoring in the trainee’s own centre; today a surgeon is obliged to receive proctoring before obtaining unrestricted hospital privileges to perform the new procedure, the trainee should demonstrate the awareness of competencies. Compentency to be acquired: technical skills, medical expert, principles of quality and safety improvement.