Endoscopy Hands-On Course

June 27 - 29 2024

General Information

General Information

The ability to perform endoscopy procedures safely and effectively is a key aspect of quality clinical care in Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (PGHN). This endoscopy course offers PGHN trainees and young GI specialists a unique opportunity to interact with and learn from some of the most experienced paediatric endoscopists from different countries.
Many different aspects of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy will be covered, including standard techniques for GI bleeding, insertion of PEGs, management of strictures, etc. as well as advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques such as transnasal endoscopy, the use of advanced endoscopic diagnostic imaging techniques, the use of robots in GI endoscopy, the performance of endoscopic full-thickness biopsy, the use of Stretta endoscopic radiofrequency for treating GERD, the treatment of GI strictures using endocnives, etc.

The last day will be dedicated to polyposis syndromes to enable clinicians to evaluate and successfully treat children with GI polyps. Participants will learn how to perform a safe polypectomy, how to remove difficult polyps, and how to prevent and treat post-polypectomy complications through videos and hands-on training on animal models.
Lectures on how to investigate, counseling and follow-up of patients with polyposis, as well as medications and new options for various polyposis syndromes, are also part of the program. 

The course language is English.

Application & Fees

Application will open in early 2024.

Participation fees:
ESPGHAN Member EUR 200.00
Non-Member EUR 300.00

Application process: The number of participants is limited and a delegates will be selected by the local organisers after the deadline. Applicants will be selected upon their CV and a motivation letter (plus a support letter from an ESPGHAN member for applicants who are not yet members of ESPGHAN). Priority will be given to ESPGHAN Members (trainee members and young GI specialists up to the age of 55). ESPGHAN Members may attend two courses per year and non-members may attend one course before becoming members of the society. 

Kindly use the online application form on this page. Applications submitted by email cannot be accepted. If you experience any issues with the tool, please contact us at office@espghan

Please do not make travel arrangements before receipt of a formal confirmation of acceptance from the ESPGHAN Office. 

Delegates are expected to attend the full course and arrange their travel according to the course schedule. 


Preliminary Programme

Day 0 - June 26 2024 - Arrival Day & Dinner

19.00 Welcome dinner. Thalassa restaurant

Day 01 - June 27 2024

08.30–8.30: Breakfast

08.30 Departure to ELPEN

00.00 – 09.15 Introduction to the Course (Alexandra Papadopoulou)

09.15 – 09.45 Endo-robotics (Mike Thomson)

09.45 -10.15 Esophageal balloon dilatation. Dynamic stent placement (Luigi Dal’ Oglio)

10.15 -10.45 Stretta Radiofrequency treatment for GERD (Mike Thomson)

10.45 – 11.00 Presentation of a complex case (sent in advance)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 12.00 Endoscopic full thickness rectal biopsy (Dominique Schluckebier)

12.00 – 13.00 Hands-on training on animal models and simulators

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 14.30 Tricks and tips for an easy colonoscopy: experience of a pediatric endoscopist (Mike Thomson) vs an adult endoscopist (Andrew Latchford)

14.30 – 15.00 Pearls from endoscopic experience (Mordechai Slae)

15.00 – 16.00 Hands-on training on simulators
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 –17.00 Endo knife and strictures (Salvatore Oliva)

17.00 – 17.30 Approach to occult/obscure GI bleeding with endoscopy (Dominique Schluckebier)

17.30 – 18.00 Advances in endo-diagnostic imaging (Doug Fishman - online)

19.00 Dinner

Day 02 - June 28 2024

08.00–08.30: Breakfast

08.30 - 09.00 Gastrostomy button and j-PEG placement (Christos Tzivinikos)

09.00 - 09.30 Single stage PEG and lap-assisted direct PEJ (Jorge Amil Dias)

09.30 – 10.30 Hands-on training on mannequins

10.30 – 11.00 Endoscopic hemostasis for variceal and non-variceal bleeding: banding devices/APC/Bipolar probes/clips/hemospray/tissue sealant (Alexandra Papadopoulou)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 12.00 Foreign body removal: which devices for which foreign body (Mordechai Slae)

12.00 – 13.00 Hands-on training on animal models and simulators

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 14.30 Injections to GI strictures: indications and techniques (Tom Attard)

14.30 – 15.00 Crohn's stricture dilation (Salvatore Oliva)

15.00 – 15.30 Capsule endoscopy (Tom Attard)

15.30 – 16.00 Presentation of complex cases (sent in advance)

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 – 17.00 Optimizing bowel preparation (Doug Fishman - online)

17.00 -17.30 Transnasal endoscopy – indications and techniques (Joel Friedlander - online)

17.30 – 18.30 Hands-on training on mannequins

19.00 Dinner

Day 03 - June 29 2024

08.00–08.30: Breakfast

08.30 Departure to ELPEN

09.00 - 09.30 Overview of colonic multiple polyps (Warren Hyer)

09.30 – 10.00 The single polyp (Shlomi Cohen)
10.00 – 10.30 Genetics of polyposis and early onset crc (Shlomi Cohen)

10.30 – 11.00 How to take off a polyp? (Warren Hyer)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee-break

11.30 – 12.00 Managing polypectomy complications (Warren Hyer)

12.00 – 13.00 Hands-on training on animal models and simulators

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 14.30 Constitutional mismatch repair deficiency syndrome (Shlomi Cohen)

14:30 – 15:00 Counselling and caring for families with polyposis syndromes (Vicky Cuthill online TBC)

15.00 – 16.00 Hands-on training on animal models and simulators

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 – 17.00 Upper GI surveillance (Andrew Latchford)

17:00 – 17:30 Presentation of complex cases (sent in advance

17.30 – 18.00 Drugs and new options for the paediatric gastroenterologist (Seth Septer - online TBC)

18.30 – 19.00 MCQ and course assessment by all participants

19.00 Farewell Dinner


Please be aware that ESPGHAN will be taking photos and/or videos at this event. By registering and attending this Masterclass you acknowledge and agree to the terms and conditions. Please contact office@espghan.org if you have any questions or concerns


If you have any questions, please contact the ESPGHAN Office for details.
Phone: +41 (0)22 9000 401
Email: office@espghan.org


Application will open in early 2024. Any updates will be posted to this webpage.