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BSG Travelling Endoscopy Fellowship – Annual Endoscopy Update 2013, Florida Hospitals, Orlando

Dr Sandeep Siddhi

21st - 23rd May 2013

At the outset I must thank the BSG and Olympus Keymed for organising and sponsoring this travelling fellowship programme. This Endoscopy course, over the years has grown to be one of the most prestigious and reputed courses in the world with the faculty consisting of ‘endoscopy superstars’ from all over.

The timing of this update could not have been better as it gave me an opportunity to attend DDW as well. It was also the first time the course was organised in Orlando and had a new format compared to the previous editions. Dr. Hawes who has taken up the mantle from Dr. Peter Cotton has pursed this with the same vision and enthusiasm. The theme of “Endoscopy Beach meeting” continues as it was organised in the Disney Beach and Yacht Club.

One of the highlights of the programme was the visit to Florida hospitals. Dr.Hawes took time off his busy schedule to share his vision and the guiding principles based on which this new unit was established. It was inspiring to experience his passion and enthusiasm for excellence in practice and training in endoscopy. He then showed us round the brand new unit with 6 endoscopy rooms. It was meticulously planned and well laid out with the waiting areas and staff room looking out into a lake. This is in such a contrast with most other hospitals where the endoscopy unit is relegated to the dungeons of the hospital building. The equipment including those for recording and transmission was state of art and mounted on booms. The support staff included a cytopathologist, AV technician and administrative staff all housed in same area.

The meeting was a well-organised two-day event. The evening dinner in Disney yacht club, gave us an opportunity to meet each other and socialise with the faculty. The course itself consisting of state of art lectures and sessions summarising the data presented in DDW in the field of endoscopy. Live case demonstrations were relayed from the endoscopy suite in Florida Hospitals. Interesting and challenging cases were selected and we got to see the world experts do what they do best. There was also a smaller “meet the expert breakfast sessions” where more informal, interactive discussions took place.

The evenings gave us a chance to socialise and share our experiences, both academic and non academic. It was really nice to go out with the group and explore Disney World. I did make new friends and will remember this trip for years to come.

They say Walt Disney World is where dreams come true, my dreams of meeting especially Dr. Peter Cotton, and seeing the handiwork of endoscopy pioneers, certainly did.