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 biological models and mannequins.
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 period is closed.

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

09.00 – 09.15 Introduction to the Course (A. Papadopoulou)

09.15 – 09.30 Endoscopy training with JETS and Endoscopy Goverannce (C.Tzivinikos)

09.30 -09.45 How should an endoscopy suite be equipped to perform therapeutic endoscopies? (J Amil Dias)

09.45 -10.10 Oesophageal balloon dilatation and stent placement (L. Dall`Oglio)

10.10 -10.30 Managing GI strictures: injection and dilation (T. Attard)

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 13.00 Hands-on training on biological models and endoscopy dummies

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 14.30 Tricks and tips for an easy colonoscopy (A. Latchford)

14.30 – 16.00 Hands-on training on simulators
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 – 16.50 Approach to occult/obscure GI bleeding with endoscopy (D. Schluckebier)

16.50 – 17.10 Quality standards and indicators for paediatric endoscopy (PEnQuiN) (J. Amil Dias)

17.10 - 17.30  Endo robotics: current technology and future trends (M. Thomson)

17.30 - 17.50  Pearls from endoscopic experience (M. Slae)

17.50 - 18.10  Advances in endo-diagnostic imaging (D. Fishman - online)

18.10 - 18.30  Interactive Case presentation

18.30  Departure

Day 02 - June 28 2024

07.30–08.30: Breakfast

08.30 Departure to ELPEN

09.00 - 09.20 PEG and j-PEG placement: Pull through technique (C.Tzivinikos)

09.20 - 09.40 Single stage PEG and lap-assisted direct PEJ (J. Amil Dias)

09.40 – 11.00 Hands-on training on PEG placement on mannequins (both techiques)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 11.50 Foreign body removal: which devices for which foreign body (M. Slae)

11.50 – 13.00 Hands-on training on foreign body removal on biologic models

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 14.20 Endoscopic haemostasis techniques for variceal and non-variceal bleeding (A. Papdopoulou)

14.20 – 16.00 Hands-on training on foreign body removal on biologic models

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 – 16.50 Endoscopic therapy for GERD (M. Thomson)

16.50 – 17.10 Understand what you see. Recognising lesions, IBD scores and grading polyps. NBI/Chromoendoscopy (D. Schluckebier)

17.10 - 17.30 Capsule endoscopy (T. Attard)

17.30 – 17.50 Optimizing bowel preparation for ileocolonoscopy and capsule endoscopy (including pancolonic capsule endoscopy) (Doug Fishman - online)

17.50 -18.10 Transnasal endoscopy – indications and techniques (J. Friedlander - online)

18.10 Interactive Case presentations

18.30 Departure

Day 03 - June 29 2024

07.30–08.30: Breakfast

08.30 Departure to ELPEN ERC

09.00 - 09.20 Introduction to polyposis syndromes and genetics (W. Hyer)

09.20 – 09.40 The single polyp (S. Cohen)

09.40 - 10.00 Which polyps should be removed and which should be left? 
10.00 – 10.20 Polypectomy: techniques and complications
10.20 – 10.40 EMR: indications and technique (A. Latchford)

10.40 – 11.00 Coffee-break

11.00 – 13.00 Hands-on training on biological models 

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 14.20 Colon surveillance: why and when? (W. Hyer)

14:20 – 14:40 Upper GI surveillance – the great debate

14:40 - 15.00 Constitutional mismatch repair deficiency syndrome and Lynch syndrome (S. Cohen)

15.00 - 15.20 Dealing with families with polyposis. Registries and databases (W. Hyer)

15.20 - 14.40 Saving the colon: can the endoscopist prevent the need for a colectomy? (A. Latchford)

15.40 - 16.00 Interactive Case presentations by the faculty

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 – 17.30 MCQ all participants

17.30 Departure to hotel

Cost Coverage

ESPGHAN will arrange and cover the following for registered delegates: 

  • Accommodation up to 4 nights (organised by ESPGHAN)
  • Pre-arranged dinners and social programme  
  • Catering throughout the course   
  • Course Material


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 for this course is closed.