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Report on Fellowship to Attend 18th Annual Advanced Endoscopy Update, Florida USA - Dr Mayur Kumar

21st - 23rd May 2013

I was extremely privileged to be selected for the 2013 BSG travelling fellowship to the 18 annual advanced endoscopy update in Orlando. Traditionally this fellowship had been hosted by Dr. Peter Cotton and his team at MUSC- South Carolina, but this year the meeting was hosted by the brand new interventional endoscopy unit at Florida Hospital, Orlando- lead by Dr. Rob Hawes. The timing of the fellowship was excellent as it was scheduled immediately after DDW offering us the opportunity to attend two world class meetings consecutively.

Our fellowship started with a visit to the ultra modern interventional endoscopy unit housed at Florida hospital where Dr. Rob Hawes and his team gave us a tour of state-of-the-art endoscopy suite. The unit was equipped with all modern advanced endoscopy equipment in large rooms with huge monitor screens, modern fluoroscopy equipment and intraprocedure facilities for histopathology. This was an extremely useful tour as it highlighted the need for modern technology to perform advanced endoscopy. The faculty and staff were extremely friendly.

A grand reception and dinner was hosted for all delegates at the Disney yatch club the evening before the meeting. This was an excellent opportunity to meet and socialize with world experts such as Peter Cotton, Rob Hawes and Nagi Reddy. We shared our experiences of endoscopy training in UK and Dr. Cotton shared some of his nostalgic memories of the then Middlesex hospital where he started as a consultant. We met up with rest of travelling fellows from UK and other international delegates and shared some of our experiences in endoscopy.

The endoscopy update had excellent faculty with a good mix of live cases and lectures. It was indeed a great learning experience to watch world experts perform complex endoscopic procedures such as hilar stenting, pancreatic endotherapy, cystgastrostomy, EMR and ESD live and share their expertise with the delegates. There were some state of the art lectures which were a true learning experience.

Our accomodation was in an excellent 5 star Disney yatch club which was thoroughly enjoyable, amidst all the Disney magic and spectacular fireworks. I would like to thank BSG and Olympus for providing this excellent learning opportunity to young UK gastroenterologists and would recommend this travelling fellowship to all trainees and young gastroenterologists who have an interest in advanced endoscopy.