Skills sessions

The EBCOG scientific committee has designed this series of sessions with participants’ needs in mind, aiming for an immediate impact on their daily practice. These sessions come in three innovative educative formats led by an expert team.

Spots for each workshop are limited – Skill sessions attendance is strictly limited to congress participants. An extra 50€ (VAT incl.)/session registration fee applies.




Benefit from the experience and know-how of experts on a specific topic during hands-on trainings. Handle devices, watch and take part in demonstrations on models and more!

HOT 1 - Management of post-partum haemorrhage

When: 8th March – from 16:15 to 17:45 – 24 spots
Suitable for: Trainees, Midwives and Consultants
Objective: To understand the principles of assessment and management of PPH
Experts: Christy Burden, Agnes Simon, Diogo Ayres de Campos, Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

- Assessment of patient - total volume of blood lost - using charts and haemodynamic parameters (MEOWS chart) + swabs and towels soaked in coloured ink - Agnes Simon
- Balloon Tamponade station - Diogo Ayres de Campos
- Antishock Garments - demonstrate the use and for participants to try on each other – S. Arulkumaran
- Brace compression sutures - B Lynch and modifications - Christy Burden

HOT 2 – Gynaecological ultrasound

When: 8th March – from 16:15 to 17:45 - 20 spots
Experts: Nazar Amso, Antonia Testa, Karen Rose, Chiara Frendo Balzan

The workshop will consist of four stations, two with simulators and two with ultrasound machines and mannequins. Five delegates will spend 20 minutes on each station with a member of the faculty and will rotate to the next station.
Station 1 - Simulation: Principles of image optimisation
Station 2 - Simulation: Review and scanning of common gynaecological pathologies
Station 3 - Ultrasound machine and mannequin: Use of ultrasound machine controls
Station 4 - Ultrasound machine and mannequin: Orientation principles, scanning technique and measurements

HOT 3 - Basic obstetric manoeuvres

When: 9th March – from 16:15 to 18:15 – 18 spots
Suitable for: Junior trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Objective: To offer hands-on training in vacuum delivery, non-rotational forceps delivery, and resolution of shoulder dystocia
Experts: Diogo Ayres-de-Campos, Jacky Nizard, Christy Burden

Basic principles for conducting vacuum and forceps deliveries and resolving shoulder dystocia - Diogo Ayres-de-Campos
Vacuum delivery - Diogo Ayres-de-Campos
Non-rotational forceps - Jacky Nizard
Resolution of shoulder dystocia - Christy Burden

HOT 5 – GESEA Bachelor Workshop

When: 10th March – from 16:45 to 18:45 - 30 spots
Suitable for: All delegates interested in training their endoscopic psychomotor skills in preparation of the GESEA bachelor exam.
Objective: 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 OR.
As part of its plan to standardise strategies and regulations for training in laparoscopy throughout Europe, the European Academy of Gynaecological Surgery (EAGS) in collaboration with ESGE and EBCOG has conducted extensive scientific research resulting in a validated programme of exercises for acquiring and testing laparoscopic psychomotor skills.
LASTTtm /SUTTtm is a validated assessment and certification method which measures and evaluates psychomotor skills in camera navigation, hand-eye and bi-manual coordination and laparoscopic suturing.
All exercises are executed in dry-lab set-up, with participants working together in pairs, and under the strict procedural guidance of instructors.
Experts: Raxshanda Aliyeva, Rudi Campo, Helder Ferreira, Nuno Martins Nogueira, Yves Van Belle

The participants will be exposed to the training and testing of skills for endoscopic surgery (laparoscopy and hysteroscopy) in preparation of the GESEA Bachelor Exam.
Participants will rotate through the different stations, 45 min of training at each station:
1. Laparascopic Skills Training and Testing or LASTT stations
2. Suturing Skills Training and Testing or SUTT stations
3. Hysteroscopic Skills Training and Testing or HYSTT stations

HOT 6 – Skills in diagnosis and repair of perineal tears

When: 10th March – from 16:45 to 18:45 – 30 spots
Suitable for: Obstetrics and Gynaecology Residents
Objective: Update of diagnostic tools and techniques of repair for severe intra-partum perineal tears
Experts: Xavier Deffieux, Renaud de Tayrac, Karen Rose

- Perineal ultrasound images
- Video of suture techniques
- Hands-on repair using animal models


IC 1 – Step by step videos in Gynaecological Oncology

When: 8th March – from 16:15 to 17:45 – 60 spots
Suitable for: Trainees and young specialists who wish to develop their surgical skills
Objective: "Step by Step": anatomy and surgical procedures in Gynaecology Oncology
Experts: Luís Chiva, Hugo Gaspar, Rainer Kimmig

Pelvic anatomy and radical hysterectomy
Surgical anatomy in pelvic and paraaortic lymphadenectomy - implications on prevention of complications
Vascular, urinary and gastrointestinal anatomy and management of complications

IC 2 – Introduction to training the trainers

When: 8th March – from 16:15 to 17:45 – 30 spots
Suitable for: Trainers of trainees; all interested in tools (SDI, reality model) to improve training, leadership, prevent conflict etc.
Objective: To show the way for more efficient training using generic skills
Experts: Živa Novak Antolič, Angelique Goverde, Andrii Tkachenko, Fedde Scheele

The extremely fast pace of technological development is changing medicine. Generic skills (leadership, teamwork, preventing conflict, giving feedback, communication etc) need to be taught to catch-up in human affairs development.
Tools to improve generic skills (SDI, reality model etc) will be presented and demonstrated.

IC 3 – How to write papers: the EJOG perspective

When: 9th March – from 16:15 to 18:15 – 50 spots
Suitable for: all registered delegates
Objective: To learn how to write papers
Experts: Janesh Gupta, Editor-in-Chief of European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

- How to write papers for publication and how to get them published
- How to do RCTs
- Why register trials
- How to do diagnostic / systematic reviews
- Checklists

IC 4 – POP and UI: exam skills, pessary, botox, PTNS

When: 9th March – from 16:15 to 18:15 – 30 spots
Suitable for: Obst and Gynae Residents
Objective: Clinical exam of pelvic prolapse and urinary incontinence: pessaries management; intra detrusor injection of BOTOX procedure; PTNS procedure
Experts: Renaud De Tayrac, Xavier Deffieux, Karen Rose

How to diagnose urinary incontinence
Examen skills for pelvic organ prolapse
Masked urinary incontinence
Video of BOTOX procedure and training (simulator)
Video of PTNS procedure and training
Pessaries: showroom and training

IC 5 – FIGO Intrapartum fetal monitoring

When: 10th March – from 16:45 to 18:45 – 100 spots
Suitable for: Midwives, trainees and consultants
Objective: Understand the pathophysiology of fetal oxygenation; Recognise abnormal patterns according to FIGO Classification; Recognise when to intervene
Experts: Diogo Aires-de-Campos , S. Arulkumaran, Agnes Simon

Physiology of fetal oxygenation in labour - Agnes Simon
Interpretation of the cardiotocograph - Diogo Aires-de-Campos
When to intervene - S Arulkumaran

IC 6 – Bring your own: Cesarean 10-group (Robson) classification

When: 10th March – from 16:45 to 18:45 – 50 spots
Suitable for: Obstetricians, midwives, neonatologists and quality assurance practitoners staff
Objective: Principles of perinatal audit in relation to the 10 Group Classification and the interpretation of results
Experts: Ahmed Haydar, Mike Robson

The programme will consist of an introductory lecture by Michael Robson 30 minutes with 10 minutes for questions. It will concentrate on the principles behind the development of the groups and how they easily can be interpreted and make conclusions about data quality and clinical perinatal practice issues.
Following this there will be a 10 minute break and using a standard data powerpoint slide which will be made available to each organisation or individual interested in presenting their own data. They will be encouraged to interpret their own data first and then Michael Robson will give his own reflection on their data at the end of each presentation. The time allotted to each presentation will depend on how many have their own data and are willing to present. It would be the intention to allow everyone one with data to present and also encourage everyone interested in presenting to send their data in prior to meeting and to use the format advised. Both of these points are important to allow the meeting to work effectively and for the information to be presented in a standardised manner.
In the event that there are not many presenting their data Dr Robson and Dr Haydar will present examples and datasets from a wide selection of countries and hospitals.

IC 7 – ISUOG interactive case discussion

When: 8th March – from 16:15 to 18:45
Suitable for:Trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Specialists in Fetal Medicine, Consultants Obstetricians, Sonographers, Specialists in perinatal medicine
Objective: Improve knowledge of the diagnosis, counselling and management of complicated twin pregnancies
Experts: Asma Khalil

1. Diagnosis of Chorionicity and amnionicity
2. Discordant anomaly in twin pregnancy
3. Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome
4. Selective fetal growth restriction
5. Twin Reversed Arterial Perfusion
6. Twin Anaemia Polycythaemia Sequence


Take part in a practical and interactive session containing packed with knowledge!

MC 1 – How to prevent litigation

When: 8th March – from 16:15 to 17:45 – 60 spots
Suitable for: Gynaecologists and Obstetricians
Objective: Adopt the right attitude to prevent litigation
Experts: Philippe Auzimour, Antoine Watrelot

Cartography or risks in G-O: the more frequent claims - Philippe Auzimour
How to prevent litigation related to patient information? - Antoine Watrelot
How to prevent litigation in laparoscopy: the psycho-technical prevention - Antoine Watrelot
New aspect of litigation in obstetrics
How to prevent litigation in hysteroscopy

MC 2 – The Louwen vaginal breech birth

When: 8th March – from 16:15 to 17:45
Expert: Franck Louwen

Vaginal breech delivery (VBD) seems still a topic for experts. To reduce unexpected situations in VBD the normal course, expected findings, exclusion criteria and maneuvers are demonstrated and trained. Knowledge based treatment in breech at term could make the question clear whether breech is pathology or just a variation of normalcy.

MC 3 – Sexual medicine for gynaecologists: a practice guidance

When: 8th March – from 16:15 to 17:45 - 20 spots
Suitable for: Gynaecologists of all subspecialties, General Gynis
Objective: Counselling and Care for patients with sexual problems
Experts: Johannes Bitzer, Vivian Pramataroff-Hamburger

Based on the biopsychosocial model of human sexuality participants will learn how to diagnose sexual dysfunctions and problems as multifactorial disorders and then develop an invidualized treatment plan including medical and psychotherapeuitc or psychosexual interventions.

MC 4 – Uterine and ovarian transplantation

When: 8th March – from 16:15 to 17:45 – 50 spots
Suitable for: Ob/Gyn, Reproductive endocrinologists and embryologists
Objective: To understand the surgical techniques of female fertility preservation
Experts: Michaël Grynberg

Lectures on female fertility preservation focused on the surgical techniques (ovarian tissue cryopreservation and uterine transplantation).

MC 5 – Initiation course for microscopy of vaginal fluid

When: 9th March – from 16:15 to 18:15
Experts: Gilbert Donders

1. Is a microscope at the office obsolete?
2. How to do proper sampling and microscopy?
3. What should you diagnose?
4. Interactive review of slides

MC 6 – Ultrasound: second trimester challenges

When: 9th March – from 16:15 to 18:15
Experts: Thierry Bultez, Laurent Salomon

• Brief summary of the national and international guidelines
• Image discussion on normal and abnormal cases.

MC 7 – How to improve the training program in your Department

When: 9th March – from 16:15 to 18:15 - 30 spots
Suitable for: Clinical teachers, program directors and trainees
Objective: Design your own quality managment program for medical education in your department
Experts: Fedde Scheele, Angelique Goverde, Laura Spinnewijn, Jessica van der Aa

After a 5 minute introduction, in a small group discussion you will design an ideal quality management program for medical education at your department. You will play a serious game. After this session you will receive the game to play it again with your colleagues in your own environment. It enables you to understand an plan state of the art quality management, and it gives insight in the infrastructure needed.

MC 8 – Tubal surgery in infertility

When: 9th March – from 16:15 to 18:15 – 20 spots
Suitable for: Obstreticians and Gynaecologists, Reproductive Surgeons, Infertility Specialists, Medical Students, Nurses
Objective: MASTER CLASS 08: Tubal surgery in infertility

Learning Objectives:
After completing this master class, participants will be able to:
• Learn the methods for assessing tubal patency and managing tubo-peritoneal infertility
• Update the techniques for tubal sterilisation reversal
• Describe the optimal strategy for the management of ectopic pregnancy
• Understand the principles and practice of assisted reproductive techniques following tubal surgery.

Experts: Antonis Makrigiannakis, Antoine Watrelot

• Hysterosalpingography and endoscopy: the complementary tools for tubal infertility – Tubal recanalisation after sterilisation - A.Watrelot
• Best option for ectopic pregnancy: to operate or not? Management of interstitial pregnancy - A. Makrigiannakis
• A new chapter of tubal pathology: subtle tubal lesions and their impact on infertility - A. Watrelot
• ART after tubal surgery - A. Makrigiannakis

MC 9 – Recognizing the IOTA features

When: Friday 9th 16:15-18:15 - 30 spots
Experts: Antonia Carla Testa

20 minutes topics
1- Ovarian masses: pattern recognition
2- IOTA Terms and definitions
3- Easy Descriptors & Simple Rules
4- ADNEX Model
5- Interactive session: How to use the IOTA models?
6- IOTA accreditation test

MC 10 – Expert assessment of the fetal heart

When: 10th March – from 16:45 to 18:45 – 10 spots
Suitable for: Trainee and Consultant Obstetricians, Sonographers
Objective: To learn about normal and abnormal fetal cardiac imaging
Experts: Thierry Bultez, Juriy Wladimiroff

- To understand maternal & fetal indications for scanning the fetal heart;
- To differentiate between normal and abnormal fetal cardiac anatomy as studied by 2D and 3D ultrasound with focus on the 4-chamber view, the arterial outflow and venous inflow tract, and 3-vessel view;
- The potential of automatic fetal cardiac examination in a screening setting.
Each presentation will be followed by interactive knowledge testing

MC 11 – Colposcopy, HPV and cervical disease

When: 10th March – from 16:45 to 18:45 – 150 spots
Suitable for: Colposcopists, Cervical Screening Programme Managers, General Gynaecologists and General Practitioners
Objective: Update on developments in cervical screening and colposcopy
Expert: Simon Leeson

- Recent developments in colposcopy
- Colposcopy in special scenarios: glandular disease and microinvasion

MC 12 – Management of complex monochorionic twins

When: 10th March – from 16:45 to 18:45
Suitable for: Fellows in MFM
Objective: Lectures will answer the following learning objectives:
1. Diagnose specific complications in MC pregnancies
2. understand the rationale of management algorithms in MC twins and
3. acquire the bases for providing counselling on fetal surgical techniques in complicated MC twins
Experts: Yves Ville

The programme is made of lectures and cases presentation.

MC 13 - European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC) - Teaching and Training Tool for IUDs

When: 9th March – from 16:15 to 18:15 50 spots
Suitable for: Residents in gynaecology and obstetrics
Objective: To present Train the Trainers Tool that was developed by the ESC
Experts: Katarina Sedlecky

- Introduction: the ESC train the trainers course
- IUD overview
- Case presentation
- Counselling on IUDs - differences between copper-IUD and LNG-IUS
- IUD in special situations
- Quizz Kahoot