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Medical thoracoscopy

Organisers : Marios Froudarakis
Faculty : Stavros Anevlavis, Philippe Astoul, Hervé Dutau, Georgia Karpathiou, Gaetane Michaud, Athanasia Pataka, Dionisios Spyratos, Gianfranco Tassi, Jean-Marie Tschopp

This skills based course is aimed at pulmonologists and is appropriate for participants with limited knowledge and experience in this field. Theoretical lectures will provide an overview of pleural diseases, identify and discuss when thoracoscopy is indicated to explore pleural abnormalities and diagnose diseases as well as to treat patients with pleural effusion.

Participants are provided with a guide on how to perform rigid thoracoscopy successfully and are made aware of possible complications which can arise. Post procedure and best practice in the follow up of the intervention are presented. Course participants have the opportunity to implement this theoretical knowledge in small practical workshops by performing thoracoscopy on deceased animals. Highly experienced faculty members will serve also as workshop tutors sharing their experience with participants before and during the hands-on sessions. There will be a maximum of 5 participants per practical workstation. Participants will be trained in order to have good knowledge of rigid thoracoscopy.

An application will be made to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) for Continual Medical Education (CME) accreditation for this event. The number of credits that you will receive corresponds to your attendance during the course. Please note that you need to sign the register of attendance each day to ensure that you receive the CME credits.