The 3rd International Uniportal VATS Course jointly organized by the University Hospital Charité in Berlin, Germany (Prof. Mahmoud Ismail: course director) (Figure 1), the University Hospital in Coruña, Spain and the Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital, Tongji University Shanghai, China (Prof. Diego Gonzalez-Rivas: course director) (Figure 2), was held successfully in Campus Charité Mitte (CCM), Berlin, Germany from March 16th to 18th, 2016.
The University Hospital Charité in Berlin (Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin) is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe, affiliated with both Humboldt University and Freie Universität Berlin. With numerous Collaborative Research Centers (CRC) of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Charité is one of Germany’s most research-intensive medical institutions. From 2012 to 2014, Charité has been ranked by Focus as the best of over 1,000 hospitals in Germany.
Grandly held in one of the four campuses of the Charité, the CCM (Figure 3), the 3rd International Uniportal VATS Course has gathered numerous famous thoracic surgeons, together working on the better development of uniportal VATS. The course contained three parts—lectures on different aspects of uniportal VATS in the first day, live surgery in the second day and Wetlab in the third day. Let’s review the highlights of the 3rd International Uniportal VATS Course!
Day 1 cutting-edge sharing, exploring the world of uniportal VATS
On the first day, the focus lied on the lecture sharing. Tremendous speeches on research instructions in thoracic surgery, different approaches in uniportal VATS, tips and tricks of operative technique in uniprotal VATS, advanced cases, future vision of uniportal VATS and so on were impressively shared by world-known thoracic surgeons all around the world (Figures 4-6). About 130 participants from different countries in the world were attending the course (Figure 7).
Another striking news for this course is that many excellent Chinese experts on uniprotal VATS were as well invited to share the Chinese VATS experience, a big move for the communication between Chinese surgeons and European surgeons in the thoracic world (Figure 8).
As a tossed stone raises thousands of ripples, so did the sharing. Activated by the inspirational lectures, audience put forward one after another questions, inspiring quite a lot sparkles (Figures 9,10). Simply as it may be, the interaction is a significant step to the future of uniportal VATS.
After the whole day’s lectures came the delicious dinner. While tasting the nice food, experts still seized the precious opportunity of gathering together to chat about everything, or continue the day’s discussion. For them, every second of gathering means a lot (Figure 11).
Day 2 live surgery from China and Europe
Farewell to the first day’s lectures now came the visual feast—live surgery presentation! Not only showed the skillful surgeries from the Charité, the course also presented the live broadcasting from the Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital. One surgery performed and presented by two countries, isn’t that a spectacle moment? No wonder active discussion was non-stopping (Figures 12,13).
Other than the live surgery, VATS simulation equipment was also provided outside the meeting room (Figure 14).
Day 3 let’s join the Wetlab
Time for the hands-on class—Wetlab moment! This time, the Wetlab course was separated in several groups, together doing left upper and lower lobectomy, left lower lobectomy, right upper and lower lobectomy and right lower lobectomy and segmentectomy through the animal model. Though the Wetlab only last for one day, every participant learned a lot from the practices (Figures 15-17).
JOVS in the Course
To fit with the theme of this course, we brought two masterpieces of thoracic surgery—Uniportal Video-assisted Thoracic Surgery and Video-assisted Thoracic Surgery edited by Prof. Diego Gonzalez-Rivas, Gaetano Rocco, Alan Sihoe and other experts, attracting plentiful attention (Figure 18).
The 3rd International Uniportal VATS Course finally ended in every expert’ satisfaction. Want to know more the comments on this course? Let’s click on the following video (Figure 23)!
Conflicts of Interest: The author has no conflicts of interest to declare.
- Gao S. Comments on the 3 International Uniportal VATS Course. Asvide 2016;3:205. Available online: http://www.asvide.com/articles/961
Cite this article as: Gao S. The highlights in the 3rd International Uniportal VATS Course. J Vis Surg 2016;2:88.