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Workshop: European Training in Basic Laparoscopic Urological Skills (E-BLUS)

Trainers: Ali Serdar GÖZEN, Domenico Veneziano, Ton Brouwers , Osama Elashry, Fayez Hammad, Raja Khauli, Yasser Farahat

Dates: Thursday, 13 November 2014 / Friday, 14 November 2014 / Saturday, 15 November 2014

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre

Fees: 100 USD

20% reduction for registered delegates to the EUS conference

20% reduction for residents (letter of proof is required)

Priority to the registered delegates of EUS conference

Delegates: Maximum 40 participants

E-BLUS is an EAU program offered to urologists and surgical residents who want to master the basic skills in laparoscopy required for the OR. Even more experienced laparoscopists may need to practice certain exercises to be able to demonstrate their skills level in the practical exam.

For the first time in the Gulf and Middle East, the European School of Urology (ESU) and the EAU Section of Uro-Technology (ESUT) aims to share knowledge and expertise and to harmonize the European standards of laparoscopic surgery during the annual conference of Emirates Urological Society, which will be held in Dubai, from 13-15 November 2014.

Workshop Objectives:

With surgical training, the goal is to produce a surgeon who is highly competent and confident in performing laparoscopic procedures; and thereby mitigate the risks of complications. Because of the specific risks, visuo-spatial relationships, and the steep learning curve that are unique to laparoscopy, hands-on training on a box or visual simulator is the recommended way to start learning laparoscopic skills.

The E-BLUS program includes:

  • Hands-on training (HOT) sessions of different levels carried out under the guidance of experienced tutors
  • A set of training-box exercises developed and validated by the Dutch project Training in Urology(TiU) to train basic skills needed in urological laparoscopy. These basic skills exercises can be tested in an exam (E-BLUS exam)
  • An online theoretical course.
  • The HOT sessions are designed to cater to the specific needs of the participants and represent a unique opportunity to train with international experts in laparoscopy.

The set of exercises offered in this module for box-training addresses bimanual dexterity, depth perception, suturing, clipping and cutting skills. Clinical application is found in such procedures as partial nephrectomy, total nephrectomy, pyeloplasty and radical prostatectomy.

The set includes the following exercises:

  • Peg transfer
  • Cutting a circle
  • Single knot tying
  • Clip-and-cut
  • Needle guidance

For each exercise a time limit is defined, as well as criteria for a successful completion of the exercise.


Thursday, 13th November 2014

08:00 – 10:00 | EAU Laparoscopy Workshop ESU-EBLUS(1)

10:30 – 12:30 | EAU Laparoscopy Workshop ESU-EBLUS(2)

Friday, 14th November 2014

08:00 – 10:00 | EAU Laparoscopy Workshop ESU-EBLUS(3)

10:30 – 12:30 | EAU Laparoscopy Workshop ESU-EBLUS(4)

Saturday, 15th November 2014

08:00 – 09:00 | ESU-EBLUS Exam 1

09:00 – 10:00 | ESU-EBLUS Exam 2

10:00 – 11:00 | ESU-EBLUS Exam 3

11:00 – 11:30 | BREAK

11:30 – 12:30 | ESU-EBLUS Exam 4