Donegal Surgery Summit sets new benchmark for standards in Emergency Surgery Care.
Since July 2016 when the Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course (EASC) was held locally in Lough Eske Castle Co Donegal, delivery has taken place in a number of countries worldwide including Sri Lanka, Brazil and Madeira.
2017 to date has been busy as the EASC was held in Cork, Ireland in February and was delivered to over 200 medical students at two venues in Ireland (Letterkenny, Jan 2017 and Dublin March 2017).
Later this year will see EASC delivery taking place in Greece (May 2017), in Calgary, Canada (June 2017) and Auckland, New Zealand (July 2017).
The flyer for the 18th EASC being held in Calgary, Canada on 14th June 2017 is downloadable here
Further details on EASC can be found here
Critical Surgical Abdomen Conference July 22-26th 2016
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World leaders in Emergency Surgery will meet in Dublin and Donegal on July 22nd to July 26th to describe new advances in the management of Emergency Surgery in patients with critical abdominal infections.
A conference to be held over 2 days in Dublin at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has a faculty of 40 World Leaders. The World Society of Emergency Surgery, in conjunction with the World Society of the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome, have put together an exciting consensus meeting.
Followed by this 2 day Dublin meeting for the first time in the World consensus regarding resources for the management of Emergency Surgery patients will be outlined. The Donegal Emergency Surgery Summit has published a comprehensive discussion document outlining suggested requirements for resources ensuring to help in improving outcomes.
The conference co-convenor, Mr Michael Sugrue- Surgeon, said he was delighted to be able to host this meeting in Ireland reflecting on our long respected surgical history and our significant workload in Emergency Surgery. He was grateful for support from Letterkenny University Hospital and Donegal Clinical Research Academy for facilitating the summit with delegates from over 40 countries coming to Ireland and also Donegal.
Professor Luca Ansaloni from Bergamo, Italy, current President of the World Society in Emergency Surgery believes that the guidelines produced in Dublin and Donegal will help Clinicians who treat Emergency patients.
Professor Ron Maier, President Elect of the American College of Surgeons who co-edits Resources for Optimal care in Emergency Surgery said this was an important step forward and while not prescriptive acts as a discussion document to advance surgical care. This Summit, organised by Donegal Clinical Research Academy and supported by the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, the World Society of Emergency Surgery, HSE, and many International affiliated societies, will stress the importance of early management of the Emergency Surgery patient.
To finish the 4 days the World Leading Emergency Surgery training course will be held in Donegal with an International Faculty of 25 Surgeons. This is an exciting opportunity for those wishing to up skill in the key aspects of Emergency Surgery Care. This course, designed in Donegal in 2012, has now gone global; the course is run in Europe, South America, Asia and next year North America. Mr Michael Sugrue was proud that this Irish Course is now regarded as the World leading Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course. He feels it reflects well on the level of care provided in Ireland and the ability to collaborate with International Colleagues with co-edit resources for critical Emergency Surgery from around the globe.
Professor Catena from Italy is delighted that the World Society of Emergency Surgery are coming to Ireland and feels that guidelines from this conference will save many lives. Professor Ernest Moore on the organising committee will receive an honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Professor Moore stated that to develop indicators in Emergency Surgery is pivotal to monitoring outcomes and he has been involved in this in Trauma Surgery for over 2 decades.
Michael Sugrue Co Convenor Meeting Consultant Surgeon +353 87 7614906
Saolta CEO Awards
The Breast Team at Letterkenny University Hospital and Donegal Clinical Research Academy attended the Saolta CEO Awards on 13th November 2015 in Sligo. Their Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Course was a finalist in the Education and Training category. Pictured left to right: Mr Paddy Rooney- Assistant General Manager at Letterkenny University Hospital, Geraldine MacGregor- Breast Nurse Specialist, Mr Maurice Powers- CEO of Saolta, Ann McGowan-Mammographer and Alison Johnston- Breast Research Nurse. Missing from the Team photo are Dr Katherine McGowan, Dr Jiri Vyskocl, Dr Hajnalka Gyorffy and Mr Michael Sugrue.
Breast Centre North West and Donegal Clinical Research Academy organised this 2nd international Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary course at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin on Friday 31st July 2015. This course is unique in that it brings together all the disciplines involved in breast cancer care in a one day course that is a mixture of the latest evidence in breast cancer care and case scenario discussion. All attendees are exposed to some of the latest developments in breast cancer care.
This course is unique worldwide and it has received excellent reviews from its initial debut last year. Four international world leaders in breast cancer care complemented the excellent National Faculty of twenty consultants in surgery, radiology, oncology, pathology, radiation oncology nursing and allied health. The international leaders included Mr Asgeirsson from Iceland, Professor Degnim from the Mayo Clinic United States, Ms MacNeill from The Royal Marsden, London and Dr Rubio from Barcelona in Spain.
Mr Michael Sugrue, course convener, said the day was highly successful and rated by the attendees as one of the best breast cancer courses that they had attended.
DCRA continues its international education program with Leaders in Surgery from Iberian peninsula and South America when it runs its third Portuguese Surgery Course in Coimbra Portugal this November
Mr Sugrue says it is a great honour that this course, developed in Letterkenny Hospital has received such international acclaim. It will be run in Asia and South America next year
Breast Centre North West and Donegal Clinical Research Academy organised an international Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary course at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin on Friday 31st July 2015. This course is unique in that it brings together all the disciplines involved in breast cancer care in a one day course that is a mixture of the latest evidence in breast cancer care and case scenario discussion. All attendees are exposed to some of the latest developments in breast cancer care.
Geraldine MacGregor, Breast Nurse Specialist at Letterkenny Hospital, said that this course is unique worldwide and it has received excellent reviews from its initial debut last year. She was pleased that Letterkenny could bring four international world leaders in breast cancer care to Ireland to complement the excellent National Faculty of twenty consultants in surgery, radiology, oncology, pathology, radiation oncology nursing and allied health. The international leaders included Mr Asgeirsson from Iceland, Professor Degnim from the Mayo Clinic United States, Ms MacNeill from The Royal Marsden, London and Dr Rubio from Barcelona in Spain.
Mr Michael Sugrue said the day was highly successful and rated by the attendees as one of the best breast cancer courses that they had attended.
Some of the Faculty members of the 2nd Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Course held in Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. From left to right: Geraldine MacGregor, Kevin Barry, Hajnalka Gyorffy, Jiri Vyskocil, Fiona MacNeill, John Kennedy, Kristjan Asgeirsson, Isobel Rubio, Katherine McGowan, Reem Salman and Michael Sugrue.
Ms MacNeill Royal Marsden London lecturing at the course.
Donegal Clinical Research Academy leads the way in Emergency Surgery Education.
Donegal Clinical Research Academy hosted another successful course on Emergency Surgery at The Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin on the April 10th 2015. 60 delegates from Ireland and overseas attended this one day course; the International faculty were from Portugal, Spain, the UK, Italy and the United States.
In 2014 this course was the winner of the Irish Healthcare Awards for best educational meeting. The feedback from the delegates was again outstanding; reflecting the mature nature of this course which Donegal Clinical Research Academy now runs in Spain and Portugal. Parts of the course have also been run in Italy and Central America.
Friday July 31st, 2015.
Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Course.
Donegal Clinical Research Academy is proud to work with the Breast Centre North West in delivering and supporting the development of the Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Course on July 31st in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin. Four international world leaders in breast cancer are attending the meeting, it promises to be one of the more exciting interactive breast courses of 2015. The course is designed to incorporate all disciplines involved in the delivery of breast cancer care and it targets the latest developments in breast cancer delivery.
The EASC takes place on the 10th April, 2015
Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course
13.15 Management Upper GI Bleed
April 10th 2015 Dublin Ireland F Catena
08.00 Welcome Michael Sugrue
13.35 Case Scenario
8.05 What's good and Bad in Emergency
08.25 Appendicitis The latest I Anderson
08.45 Case Scenario
Panel Cross Martinez McGrane
09.05 Diverticulitis Keys to Management
09.25 Case Scenario
Panel Mealy Mesquita Lawler
Management of LBO E Andrews
10.05 Case Scenario
Panel Beddy Kelleher Lawler
10.30 Morning Tea.
Pancreatitis D Jenkins
11.20 Case Scenario
Panel Steele Lawler Mealy
Cholangitis Complicated Cholecstitis
12.10 Case Scenario
Panel Kelleher McGrane Beddy
Meet the Sponsors
Kelleher Mealy Lawler
Management of Lower GI Bleed
D Mc Namara
14.20 Case Scenario
Panel Steele Lawler Jenkins
Acute Mesenteric Ischaemia S Cross
15.10-15.30 Afternoon Tea .
Small Bowel Obstruction I Martinez
15.50 Case Scenario
Panel Mesquita McGrane Mealy
When to open/close abdomen
16.40 Case Scenario
Panel Uranus Lawler Jenkins
Summary M Sugrue
Close of Course K Mealy
Registration Fee 100 €
Contact Denise Colgan RCSI
Mr Emmet Andrews Colorectal surgeon Cork
Mr Iain Anderson Surgeon Manchester UK
Mr David Beddy Colorectal Surgeon Letterkenny
Mr Simon Cross Vascular/General Surgeon Waterford
Dr Don Jenkins Trauma.Emerg Surgeon Mayo Clinic USA
Dr Fausto Catena Surgeon Parma Italy
Dr Barry Kelleher Gastroenterologist Mater Dublin
Dr Leo Lawler Radiologist Mater Dublin
Dr Isidro Martinez Surgeon Torreveija Spain
Mr Ken Mealy Surgeon Co Lead Acute Hospital Program
Dr Carlos Mesquita Coimbra Portugal
Dr Siobhan McGrane Radiologst Letterkenny
Ms Debbie McNamara Colorectal Surgeon Beaumont Dublin
Dr Chris Steele Gastroenterologist Letterkenny
Mr Michael Sugrue Surgeon Letterkenny
Prof Selman Uranus Surgeon Gratz Austria
Sixth EASC takes place on the 10th April, 2015
Welcome to the Sixth Emergency Abdominal
Surgery Course. The first was held in Letterkenny
Donegal in May 2012 and the most recent in
Coimbra Portugal and Torreveija Spain. This
course builds on its success and is further
enhanced by an international faculty who are
leaders in Emergency Surgery.
World leading courses in Emergency Surgery are
well established with ESTES in Europe and
MOSES in Australia and New Zealand. EASC
curriculum focuses on the acute abdomen, in a
multidisciplinary shared learning approach. It will
bring you a level of discussion you have not heard
before and enhance your ability on-duty as a
surgeon, gastroenterologist or radiologist; either
as a trainee or a specialist. This course is about
the patient and common emergencies.
Understanding the natural history of key
emergency surgery presentations, with
emphasis on decision making and
operative/intervention tips and traps to optimise
outcome. This coupled with a manual
containing lectures and the latest literature
abstracts will ensure your patients are getting
Who should attend ?If
you treat or manage a patient with an acute
abdomen this course is a must for you!
Donegal Clinical Research Academy would like to
thank the Colleges,Trade and RCSI in particular
for their support and the sponsors without whom
we could not share this course with you.
Donegal Clinical Research Academy
Friday April 10th 2015
Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
Albert Lecture Room
I Anderson UK
F Catena Parma Italy
D Jenkins Rochester USA
I Martinez Barcelona Spain
C Mesquita Coimbra Portugal
S Uranus Gratz Austria
Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course receives National recognition.
Recently the Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course (EASC) was awarded two significant peer judged regional and national awards for medical education.
The course developed in Letterkenny Hospital under the Donegal Clinical Research Academy mentorship, recently was the recipient for the National Irish Health Care Awards held in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin on November 6th and the Saolta University Health Care Group CEO Awards in Galway on November 7th.
Mr Michael Sugrue, Surgeon , was delighted to accept the Irish Medical Health Care Award, with Dr Siobhan McGrane, Radiologist in Letterkenny. He indicated they were all delighted with the phenomenal success nationally and internationally of the course. Mr Sugrue said its success lay in the educational model used, and the fact that the course crossed all disciplines that deal with Emergency Care from Surgeons to Radiologist and Nurses..
Mr Sugrue said he would now like to expand on the development of quality indicators in Emergency Surgery and the course combined with other areas of research will ensure that patients do better. DCRA would be well positioned to do this.
The next course in Ireland will be on April 10th 2015 and will host 6 world leaders as well as Irish experts in Emergency Abdominal Care.
Mr Sugrue stated the program complimented the Irish Acute Surgery Program led by Professor Frank Keane and Mr Ken Mealy. He was grateful for support from RCSI and Letterkenny Hospital to allow the course to develop.
Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Course
Course Goals August 15th 2014
Understanding the principles of multidisciplinary breast cancer treatment is crucial to providing optimal breast care. This practical course consisting of lectures and interactive sessions will make you comfortable in the core knowledge of all aspects of breast care. While the course will have a strong surgical focus it will reflect the normal interaction between disciplines who make up the Breast Team.
Who should attend
- · Surgical Trainees (General/Plastic)
- · Oncology Trainees
- · Radiology Trainees
- · Pathology Trainees
- · GP's with special Breast Interest
- · Breast Nurses
- • Mammographers
The Course is highly interactive with illustrated clinical cases and videos. It will walk you through the average day in a breast unit/clinic and theatre setting,
providing up to-date breast knowledge. You will gain an understanding of the basics of breast cancer care, as advocated by national and international guidelines. It will be delivered in the highly successfully entertaining DRCA educational style. The meeting will stimulate your mind to think laterally and will finish with a provocative lecture on endoscopic breast surgery.
When you leave the course we hope you will be thrilled with a great days education.
Donegal Clinical Research Academy would like to thank RCSI for their support and the sponsors without whom we could not share this course with you.
Michael Sugrue Convenor Donegal Clinical Research Academy Letterkenny Hospital www.dcra.ie
August 15th 2014 Venue Royal College of Surgeons Dublin Albert Lecture Room
Sandra Brennan USA
Petrousjka van den Tol Holland
Koji Yamashita Japan
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Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Course Schecule
08.00 Welcome Patterns and Risk in Breast Cancer Chair J Martin
08.05 Patterns and Outcomes in Breast Cancer Ray McLaughlin
08.20 Interactive Risk Assessment Michael Sugrue
08.30 Risk Assessment Yvonne Hanhauser
Chair K Barry
0845 Clinical Assessment – Minimum Standards Michael Sugrue
09.00 Case Discussion Panel Stewart McGowan MacGregor Brown
09.15 Principles of Imaging Sandra Brennan
09.30 Case Discussion Panel McGowan McGowan McLaughlin
09.45 Pathological assessment Cecily Quinn
10.00 Case Disucssion Panel ODowd Keane van denTol Kerin
10.45 MDT Decision Making Chair K Duffy
10.45 Group pre-assessment Test Quiz Cases
11.00 Oncology for Breast Cancer Maccon Keane
11.15 Case Discussion Panel Duffy Kerin MacGregor
11.30 Radiotherapy Who When Where Osama Salib
11.45 Case Panel Martin Keane Brown
12.00 Optimising Surgery Petrousjka van denTol
12.15 Case Discussion Panel Hill Quinn Jones Quinn
12.30 Surgery of the Axilla Michael Kerin
12.15 Case Discussion Panel McLoughlin Martin Keane Dowd
13.00 Lunch Meet the Sponsors
What You Need to Know in Breast Recon Chair M Kerin
13.45 Imaging as an aid to resection Sandra Brennan
14.00 Case Scenario Panel McGowan McLaughlin van denTol
14..30 Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction R McLaughlin
14.45 Case Scenario Panel Kerin Jones Duffy Yamashita
15.00 Free Flaps Pro's and Con's Deidre Jones Panel van denTol Salib Keane Kerin
15.15 Afternoon Tea Putting it all together
15.40 Patient follow up Arnie Hill
15.45 Case Scenario 1 Panel Barry Brennan van denTol
16.10 Case Scenario 2 Panel McLaughlin Hanhauser Yamashita
16.30 Case Scenario 3 Panel Hill O'Dowd Martin
16.50 Key Learning Points Michael Sugrue
17.15 Inaugural Frontier Lecture Endoscopic Breast Cancer Surgery 400 cases later
Where to next ? Koji Yamashita
17.40 Meeting Close
Cocktail reception 17.45-18.30 RCSI
Sandra Brennan Radiologist USA
Kevin Barry Surgeon Castebar Letterkenny
Karen Duffy Oncologist Letterkenny
Deirdre Jones Plastic Surgeon Galway
Yvonne HanHauser Breast Nurse Dublin
Arnie Hill Professor Surgery Beaumont Dublin
Maccon Keane Oncologist Galway
Michael Kerin Professor Surgery Galway
Joe Martin Radiotherapy Galway
Ray McLoughlin Surgeon Galway
Geraldine MacGregor Breast Nurse Letterkenny
Ann McGowan Mammographer Letterkenny
Katherine McGowan Radiologist Letterkenny
Gerry O'Dowd Pathologist Letterkenny
Cecily Quinn Pathologist Dublin
Osama Salib Radiation Oncologist Dublin
Paul Stewart Family Doctor Donegal
Michael Sugrue Surgeon Letterkenny
Petrusjka Van Den Tol Surgeon Holland
Koji Yamashita Surgeon Japan
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