MUSC Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship 2011: Dr Yiannis Kallis

The BSG travelling fellowship provided me with an invaluable experience to learn about advances in endoscopy from an array of expert speakers from around the world. There are several aspects of the MUSC course that stand out as particular highlights listed below. Some have allowed me to reflect on and improve my own endoscopic practice, whereas others have more generally afforded me a broader perspective on my practice.

It was a privilege to have seen Peter Cotton’s final ERCP demonstration and to have been involved in the last MUSC course before his retirement. It was inspiring that he had been able to attract such an eminent line-up of speakers, who had all been at one stage taught by him, and who clearly felt a debt of gratitude. What came across was the sense of legacy, more familiar to an American-educated rather than European-educated doctor,. This was manifest in Dr Cotton’s efforts to fundraise to maintain the MUSC advanced endoscopy fellowship, and certainly resonates with what I have experienced in the last few years in the UK where universities and medical schools are seeking more benefaction from their alumni.

MUSC Advanced Endoscopy Update 2011: Dr Tom Lee

It was an honour to have the opportunity to attend the annual Advanced Endoscopy Update in South Carolina in May 2011. This followed straight on from the DDW in Chicago. On our arrival, we were given a tour of the Digestive Diseases Centre at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Peter Cotton introduced us to the Centre then a resident showed us around the wards and the 7 room endoscopy unit.  The general feel of the Centre was more like a hotel than a hospital with flat screen televisions and internet connections in every room.

MUSC Advanced Endoscopy Update 2011: Dr Ishfaq Ahmed

After attending chaotic DDW sessions in the windy city of Chicago, I arrived in the sunny city of Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Peter Cotton, the founder and former Director of the Medical University of South Carolina’s Digestive Disease Centre, kindly arranged lunch for all delegates from the UK. After lunch he showed us the historic town of Charleston and we arrived at the impressive Digestive Disease Centre (DDC) of MUSC.

MUSC Advanced Endoscopy Update 2011: Dr Khaleel Jamil

This year's Advanced Endoscopy Update in Charleston was a momentous one indeed. For this was the swan song for the grandfather (and grandmaster) of ERCP, Peter Cotton. Those of us lucky enough to attend received the usual excellent updates and expert opinion, but this year's meeting had a poignant atmosphere, and it felt as though we were witnessing a small part of history. This was crystallised in a session where we watched a live feed of Dr Cotton performing his last ever ERCP, after which Ian Taylor remarked "This may sound like hyperbole, but that felt like watching the first man walk on the Moon". Hyperbole, perhaps, but it was mesmeric seeing the expert in action -  he completed the procedure in 13 minutes, leaving the moderators the awkward task of improvising a Q and A for the majority of the hour set aside for the demonstration!

MUSC Advanced Endoscopy Update 2011: Dr Safa Al-Shamma

The Course

The venue for the course was spacious and comfortable with bountiful refreshments available. The faculty was a who’s who of international stars in endoscopy. All were experts in the field at the top of their game. All lectures were state of the art with excellent updates on the relevant topics. Of the most impressive was Prof Nagi from Hyderabbad. He gave an authoritative update on ERCP and demonstrated some outstanding work done in the poorest rural areas in India. The majority of the work was free and depended on donations.

BSG/MGS Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship - NCCH, Tokyo 2011: Dr JM Bateman

The National Cancer Centre Hospital deals with cancer patients or those with pre-cancerous conditions eg FAP. Patients are referred with a diagnosis already established. They are assessed and treated. Post treatment surveillance is usually undertaken by NCCH.

The Endoscopy Department undertakes 'cancer' endoscopy (upper GI endoscopy, colonoscopy and bronchoscopy, no ERCP), endoscopy training and research. Out patient clinics allow patients to be informed of treatment options, with detailed information being provided and consent obtained. Patients have a high expectation of being offered endoscopic treatment for early cancers and pre-malignant lesions with either endomucosal resection (EMR) or endoscopic submucosal resection (ESD). Following endoscopic submucosal resection a 5 day in patient stay is standard. The endoscopist who has performed the procedure remains responsible for that patient and for the treatment of any complications that may arise. A typical day will have morning surveillance/assessment UGI endoscopy and EUS lists. The afternoons are given over to surveillance/assessment colonoscopy and therapeutic colonoscopy and upper GI endoscopy.

Making Sushi – The BSG Fellowship to Japan October 2011

Dr Howard Smart
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Royal Liverpool University Hospital

The elation of being informed I had been successful in my application for the BSG Fellowship to Japan was tempered by the news of the 11th March earthquake and tsunami that followed. Arriving at Narita Airport on the 2nd October there was little evidence that anything had occurred, except for the collection boxes for victims of the disaster, also prevalent at the shrines and temples visited during our stay.

Paul Brown Travelling Fellowship 2010 - Japan: A Report

Dr Robert Mead, Specialist Registrar, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth.

Tokyo National Cancer Centre and Okayama University Hospital

Prior to my visit I worked as a clinical and endoscopy fellow in a large DGH for 2 years, developing advanced endoscopic techniques and services. This involved the identification and removal of early gastro-intestinal neoplasia throughout the aero-digestive tract, with techniques brought back to the UK by a consultant who had attended the Tokyo National Cancer Centre (NCCH) 6 years previously.

My visit to the NCCH for 2 weeks and another centre of endoscopic excellence in Okayama, was to further improve my diagnostic, therapeutic and teaching skills, whilst contrasting our current UK practice with the Japanese.

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