This course is aimed at cardiothoracic trainees in years 4-6 and complements the established intermediate cardiac surgery course. It provides excellent preparation for the part 3 exam and also allows individuals who are considering thoracic surgery as a career to examine the subject in more depth.
This highly-interactive course includes small group teaching/seminars and skills workshops.
Multiple techniques, including VATS lobectomy and chest wall reconstruction, will be covered.
At the completion of the course participants will:
- be able to assess CT, PET-CT and MRI imaging for operative planning;
- have a clear understanding of physiological fitness for surgery assessment, and preoperative work up planning;
- understand the mechanism of assessing and managing lung cancer (including the scientific basis of staging systems and techniques used in the determination of stage and fitness for surgery);
- have a clear understanding of the role of surgical treatment in the multidisciplinary management of lung cancer and other intra-thoracic malignant diseases (including an appreciation of the principles of other treatment modalities and their outcomes);
- understand the assessment and management of patients with pleural disease (including pneumothorax and empyema, and both VATS and open strategies);
- understand the assessment and management of patients with mediastinal tumours and masses (including surgical management if appropriate and utilising both VATS and open strategies);
- be better able to understand and use lung function data;
- have a better technical competency of VATS dissection;
- understand the use of techniques for chest wall stabilisation;
- understand the use of endobrochial ultrasound for diagnosis.
Learning outcomes and ISCP
Key topics: 6,7,8,9,10,14
Mr Tom Routledge
Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Guy's Hospital London
Target Audience / Suitability
ST4-6 cardiothoracic trainees (maybe of interest to upper GI trainees and other specialities)Am I suitable?
- Small group discussion
- Practical sessions – animal tissue and jigs
- Data analysis
Cardiac Surgical Skills Laboratory
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