GESEA CERT1 Practical Training Workshop (Cape Town) – Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th November 2024

Event Description




Workshop Description and Objectives

To ensure patient’s safety in laparoscopic surgery, it is clear that future laparoscopic surgeons should possess objective measurable theoretical knowledge and practical skills, prior to undertaking any procedure, even under supervision, in the operating room.

As part of its plan to standardise strategies and regulations for training in laparoscopy throughout Europe, the EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR GYNAECOLOGICAL ENDOSCOPY (ESGE), in collaboration with ESHRE, SERGS and ESGO, has conducted extensive scientific research resulting in a validated programme of exercises for acquiring and testing laparoscopic psychomotor skills.

LASTT1™, SUTT1™ and HYSTT1™ are validated assessments and certification method which measures and evaluates psychomotor skills in camera navigation, hand-eye and bi-manual coordination.

All exercises are executed in dry-lab set-up, with participants working together in pairs, and under the strict procedural guidance of instructors.

The workshop is open to all delegates interested in laparoscopic surgery; experience level is indifferent.

At the conclusion of the Workshop the clinician will

  • Be assessed on his/her psychomotor skills level
  • Be ranked by comparison with benchmark performance data of representative experienced laparoscopic surgeons receiving a red, green or yellow colour code at each test
  • Receive a final report of competence in basic laparoscopic psychomotor, suturing and hysteroscopy skills.
  • Will have received extensive information off all modalities of the GESEA programme


Workshop Programme

Day 1:           08h30 to 16h30

08h00          Registration

08h30          Welcome and introduction

Theoretical session (30 min)

Overview of the Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgical Education and Assessment (GESEA) Training Programme

Chief Instructor:  TBA

Instructor:   TBA

09h00         Practical Sessions:

The Laparoscopic Skills Training and Testing (LASTT1™) method

Exercise 1: CAMERA NAVIGATION with a 30° laparoscope

Exercise 2: HAND/EYE CO-ORDINATION with a 0° laparoscope and a curved dissector

10h45           Tea

11h00             Exercise 3: HAND/EYE CO-ORDINATION with a 0° laparoscope and a curved dissector and a Matkowicz Grasper

12h00           Lunch 

13h00           The Laparoscopic Suturing Skills Training and Testing (SUTT1™) method

 Exercise 1: Handling a needle in a Laparoscopic Pelvic Trainer

-The anatomy of a needle

-Picking up and manipulating a needle, especially with respect to the angle and cant/slant/tilt of the needle

-The rotation of the needle through the foam model and pulling the suture through

-Skill of positioning the needle and suturing with both left and right hands

14h00         Exercise 2: Right hand suture – Stitching and knot tying with right hand

 On a jig with rope & in a laparoscopic pelvic trainer:

-The technique of tying a surgeon’s knot using string by hand using the C/reverse C technique

-The technique of tying a surgeon’s knot using 2 open needle holders

15h15            Tea 

15h30          Exercise 3: Perform 4 single stitches using your dominant hand and 1 stitch with an intra-corporeal knot

-Pass the suture by entering and exiting precisely within the black dots

-Leave enough thread in the pad for evaluation

-Cut off using laparoscopic scissors

16h30           Close


Day 2:           08h30 to 16h00

08h00           Welcome

08h30           The Hysteroscopy Skills Training and Testing (HYSTT1™) method

Exercise 1: Camera Navigation with the 30° optic hysteroscope

09h30          Exercise 2: Hand-eye Coordination using the 30°hysteroscope and hysteroscopic forceps

10h30          Tea

11h00           The Laparoscopic Suturing Skills Training and Testing (SUTT1™) method

Exercise 4: Practice on SUTT1™ pad

-Suture pads – interrupted

-Suture pads – continuous

1300             Lunch

14h00           Exercise 5: The Laparoscopic Skills Training and Testing (SUTT1™) TEST

16h00           Conclusion


Please note:

That you must have registered for the GESEA e-learning programme before you can register for the workshop –  GESEA E-Learning – Level 1

This workshop will only take place subject with sufficient number of delegates.


The GESEA Practical Training Workshop is CPD accredited.

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