The TOP-Course: Hands-on experience for transplant trainees

By: Simon Knight | Posted on: 10th October 2012

I recently had the opportunity to attend the TOP-Course (Transplant Operative Procedures), a course for transplant and urology trainees run in Germany twice a year. Participants at the five day course receive both theoretical and hands-on training in kidney and liver-transplantation and multi-oragn retrieval techniques, as well as some valuable experience in anaesthesia for those interested in large-animal work. The course is great value for money, currently costing just 700 euros which includes transfers to and from the airport, accommodation, meals and all materials.

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This definately goes down as one of the best courses I have ever been on. There is no substitute in surgery to hands-on experience, and the four full days of operating that the course provides allows the trainees the opportunities to attempt procedures that they may not get in their everyday practice in a relaxed, pressure-free environment. The tutors (Jens Brockmann, Felix Braun et al.) are enthusiastic and provide great tips to improve technique. The organisation of the course by Sabine Köhler is also first-rate, with as much fun had away from the operating room as in it!

I would highly recommend this course to all transplant trainees, and in fact this has now become part of the ESOT educational program.

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