Welcome

Dear Colleagues,

It is my honour and pleasure to announce the Fourth EDS Surgical Skills Course (SSC) “Contemporary techniques in surgical management of GI disorders”- a continuation of the initiative of European Digestive Surgery, taking place in Kaunas, Lithuania on September 20-21, 2019. The event is being organized by EDS, Department of Surgery, Medical academy and the Biological Research Centre, Veterinary Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences under auspices of United European Gastroenterology.

The goal of the EDS Surgical Skills Course (SSC) is to provide surgical residents and young practicing surgeons an opportunity to learn/improve the fundamental skills of conventional and laparoscopic surgery, minimally invasive, ultrasound guided procedures that are keystone managing disorders of the GI tract.

The program of the course was meticulously revised, taking into account the feedback from the participants of the first three EDS Surgical Skills Courses – the trainees as well as the trainers. This resulted in expanding and elaborating exercises that will improve your surgical skills in open and laparoscopic approach, vascular interventions. In addition you will obtain some experience in ultrasound guided interventions such as US guided access of biliary ducts and RUSH (Rapid Ultrasound in Shock and Hypotension). The course will be held over two days with a series of introductory lectures, lectures on sepsis and nutrition issues, demonstrations and extensive hands on sessions.

The faculty is drawn from a specially selected group of local and international surgeons and emergency medicine doctors, each with a wide range of knowledge and experience in teaching.

Kaunas, a rapidly developing city with its historical and cultural heritage is recognized as an exciting tourist destination and has been recommended for European Capital of Culture 2022 in Lithuania by the selection panel of 10 independent experts, appointed by EU institutions and bodies. One of the main highlights of Kaunas, as a European capital of culture, will be modernism architecture. Kaunas is often being called the city of youth. There are many educational institutions and five Universities here, that is why the city is always bursting with young people.

EDS travel grants will be awarded to the international participants of the EDS Surgical Skills Course. 

I am pleased to invite you all to take part in the course and enjoy our hospitality. 

Prof. Giedrius Barauskas MD, FEBS

EDS SSC Course Director