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Postgraduate Course

Gastrointestinal cancer and inflammatory disease: the road ahead

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Annual Meeting

Wednesday, May 20 to Friday, May 22, 2020


The following abbreviations are used in the programme:

Editorial Session
ESGAR Tutorial
Guidelines Session
Honorary Lecture
Image Guided Therapy
Interventional hands-on workshop
Lecture Session
Postgraduate Course
Poster Session
Plenary Session
Research Tutorials
School of ESGAR
Scientific Session
Lunch Symposium
Tricky Cases

Editorial Session

This session aims at introducing the Editorial world. 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

Throughout ESGAR 2020, 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 2020:

ESGAR Special Tutorial
"The theory and practice of physicians’ professional performance & well-being"

The practice of medicine is fulfilling and meaningful for most physicians. Unfortunately, a large body of literature is reporting that physicians’ distress and dissatisfaction is increasing and thus negatively impacting patient care outcomes. Physicians’ well-being, including burnout, has been acknowledged as a crucial aim in addressing health care system improvement worldwide. Since challenges to physicians’ health are widespread, enhancing their well-being requires both individual physicians and their health care organisations to take action. In this workshop we will theoretically position and present physicians’ well-being and offer valuable hands-on tips and tricks on how to stay professionally fulfilled and fit for practice.

Cases of the Day

Scientific Coordinators: D. Lambregts, Amsterdam/NL; V. Obmann, Bern/CH, F. Vernuccio, Palermo/IT

Different cases will be displayed each day from Tuesday, May 19 to Friday, May 22, 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 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).

Lunch Symposia

From Tuesday to Friday 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.

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
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 biliary tumours and mixed tumours (cholangiocarcinoma and hepatocholangiocarcinoma), and the splenic tumours (solid and cystic ones).

One Case - Three Lessons
Returning by popular demand for a third year, is the format called “One case – three lessons”. Is reflection an important part of your practice? In this session each panellist explains a clinical case where they personally made a mistake and then develop the three lessons that they learned from this. The goal of this format is to learn how experts reflect on their own errors to avoid making important mistakes in the diagnosis of difficult cases in the future. A broad range of diseases, modalities and clinical situations will be presented and the moderators will bring together shared themes during discussion amongst the experts. The session will be managed like a Jazz session, entertaining and​ educating with improvisation, humour and rhythm.

Postgraduate Course

At ESGAR 2020, a Postgraduate Course entitled "Gastrointestinal cancer and inflammatory disease: the road ahead" is offered on the first day of the meeting. The course starts with a case-based multidisciplinary discussion on three different clinical scenarios in colon cancer, involving a diagnostic radiologist, an interventional radiologist, a surgeon, a gastroenterologist and a radiotherapist. This is followed by a session concerning small bowel polyps, tumours and mimics, including a case-based discussion. The next session is a multidisciplinary session discussing all aspects of MRI in perianal Crohn’s disease which will be ended by a multidisciplinary case-based discussion. The last session concerns imaging of GI side-effects of immunotherapy, chemotherapy and in graft versus host disease. This multidisciplinary session will also include a multidisciplinary case-based discussion.

Research Tutorials

This new session type aims at those participants that have begun their 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 these research tutorials major aspects of abdominal imaging research will be discussed by leading ESGAR researchers.
Those delegates attending all research tutorials are eligible to apply for the ESGAR Mentorship Programme. In this programme one-to-one mentorship by leading ESGAR researchers will be available to junior researchers. Pre-registration via office@remove-this.esgar.org is necessary for those three sessions.

School of ESGAR

Scientific Coordinators: D. Lambregts, Amsterdam/NL; V. Obmann, Bern/CH; F. Vernuccio, Palermo/IT

This is an educational pathway within the annual ESGAR meeting which includes a selection of 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 an in-depth discussion of a selection of important 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 Wednesday, May 20 to Friday, May 22, 2020.

Scientific Exhibition - Poster Exhibition

All scientific and educational exhibits (posters) at ESGAR 2020 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 participants’ individual e-mail addresses for easy referencing. The scientific and educational posters displayed at ESGAR 2020 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 ProgrammeCommittee will select highlighted posters based on highest rating score and topicrelevance. Thus, in addition to the well-established poster exhibition, poster authors have the honour and great opportunity to present their workin 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

Scientific Coordinator: M. Laniado, Dresden/DE

This session format on Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21, involves brief case presentation and interactive 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 sessions.

Ultrasound Village

Scientific Coordinator: J.B.C.M. Puylaert, The Hague/NL

At ESGAR 2020, the modality of ultrasound will be one of the highlighted topics. Throughout the meeting, sessions, tutorials and keynote lectures will encompass basic technical aspects as well as innovations in abdominal ultrasound, contrast enhanced ultrasound of benign and malignant liver lesions, pancreas and small bowel, and new techniques such as elastography, fusion imaging and 3D. However, there will also be ample attention for the clinical triage-function of ultrasound as a primary tool, workhorse and starting point in any abdominal problem.

Important Dates

September 2019
Abstract Submission opens

October 2018
Preliminary programme available

November 25, 2019
Extended Abstract Submission DEADLINE

December 2019
Registration opens

January 2020
Notification of acceptance to authors

February 2020
Early registration deadline

April 2020
Pre-registration deadline

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