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Postgraduate Course

A tour around abdominal emergencies

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Annual Meeting

Thursday, June 6 to Saturday, June 8, 2019


The following abbreviations are used in the programme:

ES        Editorial Session
ET        ESGAR Tutorial (former Workshop)
HL        Honorary Lecture
IGT       Image Guided Therapy
LS        Lecture Session
PG        Postgraduate Course
PO        Poster Session
PS        Plenary Session
RC        Research Centre
SOE      School of ESGAR
SS        Scientific Session
SY        Lunch Symposium
TC        Tricky Cases
USV      Ultrasound Village


Editorial Session

This session aims at introducing the Editorial world. Chief Editors of peer reviewed scientific journals will provide insights into different types of educational papers and their level of evidence. Different impact factors and manuscript review handling processes will be explained. The session will conclude with an interactive discussion among editors and research leaders; attendees are encouraged to actively participate and ask questions they always wanted to ask the editors.

ESGAR Tutorials

ESGAR 2019 continues a project to enhance the educational impact of workshops, which have been renamed into tutorials. Throughout the meeting, different tutorials will be offered to the registrants. Compared to a formal lecture, the smaller tutorial environment is intended to facilitate more active discussion between expert instructors and the audience, allowing registrants to address their specific needs. Five different lines of tutorials are presented at ESGAR 2019:

Cases of the Day

Scientific Coordinator: A. Ba-Ssalamah, Vienna/AT

Different cases will be displayed each day from Wednesday, June 5 to Saturday, June 8, 2019 giving registrants the opportunity to take part in the quiz and check the results on the following day. The participant who solves the most cases correctly will be announced in the ESGAR Newsletter.

Image Guided Therapy

An educational feature focusing on Interventional Radiology (IR) in the GI tract and Abdomen was first introduced during the ESGAR 2009 Annual Meeting. Following positive comments it was expanded at subsequent meetings in order to reflect the central role interventional techniques play in the multidisciplinary management of patients with gastrointestinal and abdominal diseases. Features include lecture sessions, workshops, scientific papers and posters as well as incorporating relevant techniques into the postgraduate course. The daily IGT sessions will again be led by expert tutors, emphasising key practical issues, ranging from basic to advanced knowledge and skills. Interactivity will be encouraged between delegates and tutors in order to facilitate useful practical discussion. Therefore, cases provided by the moderators will be discussed by the interdisciplinary lecture session faculty in each session. This particular format will help to augment the various practical aspects and procedural tips and tricks and encourage the audience to interact with IR experts in this learning environment. 

Lecture Sessions

All Lecture Sessions are dedicated to a special area of interest with defined lecture objectives to ensure integration and avoid overlap. Several sessions have a multidisciplinary approach or are organised in collaboration with other societies such as the European Society of Urogenital Radiology (ESUR) and the European Crohn’s and Collitis Organisation (ECCO).

Lunch Symposia

From Wednesday to Saturday at lunchtime, symposia will be held in collaboration with industrial companies and corporate partners. The subjects of these symposia will include a variety of “hot topics” concerning the ongoing development in some major fields of abdominal diagnostic and interventional radiology. Your name badge is your business card. ESGAR and its sponsors are using a lead retrieval system during the congress. In practice that means that when you present your badge for scanning at an exhibition booth or for scanning when entering an industry sponsored lunch symposium, the following personal data can be retrieved: first name, last name, address details, email address.

Plenary Sessions

Clinical Files
An experienced moderator will present four themed and challenging multimodality cases to a radiology panel. Each case will be chosen to illustrate various diagnostic and therapeutic options available for the clinical management of the patient. The interpretation session will be live as the panellists will not see the cases before the session. The panellists will describe the imaging findings. The moderator will guide the panellists with questions regarding differentials and patient management. The aim of this session is to stress the central role of clinical radiology in today’s patient management and to show how experts deal with cases in real life.

Nick Gourtsoyiannis’ Foundation Course I and II
This educational feature, named after Prof. N. Gourtsoyiannis, is a mini rad-path course designed to teach fundamental imaging findings in specific abdominal conditions correlated with up-to-date pathologic information. The specific topics to be discussed in this year’s rad-path course are the benign hepatic neoplasms (adenoma and FNH), malignant hepatic tumours that scar (fibrolamellar HCC and HCC with a scar), small bowel malabsorption including coeliac disease and systemic disorders that affect the small bowel.

One Case - Three Lessons
Returning by popular demand for a second year, we have a new session format called “one case - three lessons”. In this session each panellist explains a clinical case where he/she personally made a mistake and then develops the three lessons that he/she got from this mistake. The goal of this format is to learn how to avoid important mistakes in the diagnosis of difficult cases, to understand the influence of clinical context and radiology interpretation in the management of our patients. The session will be managed like a Jazz session, very entertaining, educating with humour and rhythm.

Postgraduate Course

At ESGAR 2019, a Postgraduate Course entitled "A tour around abdominal emergencies" is offered on the first day of the meeting. Following an introductory lecture on imaging strategies in the emergency room, participants will deal with three sessions covering the most and the least common diagnoses in patients presenting with acute abdomen. The course will be ended by a multidisciplinary case-based discussion session involving a diagnostic radiologist, an interventional radiologist and an abdominal surgeon.

Research Centre - Meet the Professor 

Have you begun your academic career and want to know how to advance to become a leader in research? It is much more than publishing papers, grant funding etc. In this session, which was successfully introduced at ESGAR 2018, participants will have the opportunity to interact with a professor and obtain advices in how to start and manage a research team, how to build an academic career and advance towards seniority in research leadership. Delegates are encouraged to send in their questions in advance to the Central ESGAR Office - these topics will be directly addressed during the session on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

School of ESGAR

Scientific Coordinator: M.A. Bali, Brussels/BE

This is an educational pathway within the annual meeting which includes the most important topics of abdominal radiology following the chapters of the European Training Curriculum and the corresponding learning objectives. This pathway will cover the most fundamental and important technical aspects of abdominal imaging including standard and  innovative acquisition protocol/strategies for ultrasound, CT and MR and the common and less common diseases. The intention is for the attendees to participate in all the workshops offered within this educational line. The School of ESGAR will be open from Thursday, June 6 to Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Scientific Exhibition - Poster Exhibition

All scientific and educational exhibits (posters) at ESGAR 2019 will be displayed in electronic poster format. The poster system allows registrants to submit their exhibits online, to view them in the conference centre and send selected material to the participants’ individual e-mail addresses for easy referencing. The scientific and educational posters displayed at ESGAR 2019 in the electronic poster exhibition will be included in the permanent ESGAR Online Poster Database after the meeting.

Scientific Exhibition - Poster Sessions

Among all submitted e-Posters, the ESGAR Programme Committee will select highlighted posters based on highest rating score and topic relevance. Thus, in addition to the well-established poster exhibition, poster authors could have the honour and great opportunity to present their work in a moderated poster session to an international audience.

Scientific Sessions

Researchers will present original papers on new and original aspects of abdominal imaging and intervention. Selected papers will be gathered into sessions, each dealing with a homogenous topic. Time for discussion between researchers and attendees will be available after each presentation.

Tricky cases from my day job

Coordinator: M. Laniado, Dresden/DE

A new session format on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7, from 12:45 to 13:15 that involves brief case presentations and discussion of challenging cases from everyday clinical practice. Both sessions will be held in the 45 minute time period between the lunchtime symposium and the start of the afternoon session. At each of the two sessions a number of short challenging cases will be presented and interactive case discussion encouraged.

Ultrasound Village

At ESGAR 2019, the modality of ultrasound will be one of the highlighted topics. Throughout the meeting, sessions, tutorials and keynote lectures will encompass basic technical aspects of ultrasound to innovations in abdominal ultrasound, assessment with contrast enhanced ultrasound of benign and malignant liver lesions including, HCC, pancreas and small bowel as well as Color Doppler and new techniques such as elastography, fusion imaging and 3D.
In addition, in the “Ultrasound Village” several exhibitors and expert tutors will offer live demonstrations on models as well as the opportunity for hands-on training. The organised demonstrations and hands-on trainings that take place at the exhibitors’ booths will be preceded by a keynote lecture in the theatre installed in front of the “Ultrasound Village”.

Important Dates

October 2018
Preliminary programme available

November 19, 2018
Abstract submission opens

December 2018
Registration opens

January 15, 2019
Abstract submission deadline

February 2019
Notification of acceptance to authors

March 13, 2019
Early registration deadline

May 8, 2019
Pre-registration deadline

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