Johnson & Johnson Institute Symposium Leverages Cross-Specialty Expertise to Deliver Unique Learning Experience
Gynaecologic oncologists are trained in all aspects of women's cancer care, but often their main area of expertise is performing complex surgical procedures that can translate into increased survival rates for patients. While many of these abdomino-pelvic surgeries challenge the limits of traditional gynaecology oncology, they are increasingly performed by the speciality.
A recent symposium at the Johnson & Johnson Institute in Hamburg provided education and training to improve surgical techniques and patient outcomes for a broad spectrum of surgeries, ranging from radical hysterectomy to liver resection. More than 100 gynaecological oncology surgeons from throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East attended the two-day learning event.
Cross-Specialty Faculty Enhances Learning Experience
In addition to experts in gynaecological oncology, the symposia faculty comprised experts in urological, neuro, vascular, general and hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) surgery. The diverse points of view made for engaging discussion and valuable learnings about ways to improve working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
"This symposium was an outstanding platform for focusing on the best and innovative surgical procedures with a critical appraisal about the risks and benefits for women with gynecological malignancies," said Prof. Dr. Jalid Sehouli, Charite University Hospital Berlin. "The best surgeons from all over the world shared their experience and underlined their special attitude in treating cancer patientsin a holistic way. With this famous faculty and strong interdisciplinary approach this meeting was unique."
The event was designed to deliver a valuable, interactive teaching experience. Highlights included:
-Live projection from wet labs allowed the audience to improve their understanding of the pelvic and upper-abdominal anatomy and vascular system. The format provided the 100-plus person audience with an opportunity to engage with the instructor in an interactive manner that would not be possible in live surgery.
-Step-by-step review of procedures performed in complex pelvic anatomy. Special focus on how to preserve and repair nerves in the female pelvic anatomy and minimize complications.
-Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) in gynaecologic oncology. Review of the practices and protocols to enhance patient outcomes and satisfaction in the pre-operative, intraoperative, and post-operative stages of care.
"For women facing gynaecologic cancer, surgery is often part of the journey and many times the best hope for increasing survival," said Maja Pavlek, Professional Education Senior Manager, EMEA. "We are proud to collaborate with leaders in gyn oncology and other specialties to provide a unique learning experience that seeks to advance surgical care for patients."