Workshops

During ISCOMS, it is possible to participate in different kinds of workshops. You can actively participate in various hands-on workshop, but it is also possible to choose for a more informative workshop, for example an interactive lecture.

The following workshops will be organised during ISCOMS 2020.

Wednesday June 3rd

Transgenders: a debate with the UMCG genderteam and a patient

Date: 3rd and 4th of June
Department: Genderteam UMCG (gynaecology and plastic surgery)
Supervisors: Tim R. Middelberg MD PhD, Tallechien M.T. Tempelman MD, M. van den Berg MD, Marga Tjallingii MSc

Transgender people experience a mismatch between their gender identity or gender expression and their assigned sex. Transgender is an umbrella term, because in addition to including trans men and trans women (whose binary gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex), it may also include gender queer people (whose identities are not exclusively masculine or feminine, for example: bigender, pangender, genderfluid, or agender).

Since the late ‘70s the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands offers a treatment programme for transgenders, according to the professional standards of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH). Once patients have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria by the psychiatrist, the ‘real life phase’ starts. This includes living their gender identity and cross sex hormone therapy. When the ‘real-life phase’ has been followed through with success, one can apply for sex reassignment surgery. After these operations, lifelong continuation of cross sex hormone therapy is needed to maintain secondary sex characteristics of the desired gender.

What does the transition contain and cause physically, mentally, and socially and how can we guide the patients in this process? During this workshop you will be able to ask questions to a member of the UMCG Genderteam and a transgender patient.

The miracle of giving birth

Date: 3rd of June
Department: Clinical Training Center, UMCG
Supervisors: Marco A.C. Versluis MD PhD, Dennis Beekhuis MD

General childbirth, also known as labour, is an unique event showing the miracle and power of nature. Although it is a physiological event of itself, childbirth is one of the most fascinating aspects of medicine, which mostly deals with pathophysiological processes.

Childbirth is the culmination of the gestation and pregnancy period with the expulsion of one or more newborn babies from a women’s uterus into a completely different environment. At that particular moment, being disconnected from the mother’s circulation after cutting the umbilical cord, the newborn faces a very serious and complicated adaptation of his own circulation to the onset of his own respiratory system.

The process of a normal vaginal human childbirth is categorised into four stages. Stage 1: The onset of birth is initiated by a metabolic change in the infant which causes the release of the hormones needed for uterine contractions. Stage 2: The process of shortening and dilation of the uterine cervix is caused by uterine contractions. This process facilitates the head of the infant to enter the birth canal. Stage 3: The continuation of uterine contractions with the help of the mothers pressing, pushing the baby through the birth canal into the baby’s new world. Stage 4: The delivery of the placenta. The expulsion of the placenta mostly starts spontaneously approximately twenty minutes after the occlusion and the cutting of the umbilical cord.

During this workshop more details will be given on monitoring labour, pain control, and problems that may happen before and during delivery including the therapeutic possibilities if these problems occur. You are also given the opportunity to deliver a baby using a mannequin, simulating the real situation.

How to perform intravascular access and airway management

Date: 3th, 4th and 5th of June
Department: Anaesthesiology, UMCG
Supervisors: Anaesthesiology residents

Anaesthesiologists are perioperative medical specialists who provide medical care to patients before, during, and after surgical procedures. Airway management, intraoperative life support, and pain control are essential skills. Besides their work in the perioperative field as physicians and nowadays often as managers as well, anaesthesiologists are involved in Intensive Care Units, Postoperative Anaesthesia Care Units, Pain Clinics and emergency medicine, including pre-hospital care by helicopter. Besides clinical work, anaesthesiologists are involved in teaching and research. In the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) residents and staff members are trained in an ultramodern Skills Lab with simulation training.

This anaesthesiology workshop provides a basic approach to patient care. Participants will deal with various aspects of vascular access and airway management. You will be assisted by trained anaesthesiologists to keep the patient safe and sound.

Basic life support, heroes are not born, they are trained

Date: 3rd, 4th and 5th of June
Department: Wenckebach Institute for Education and Training.
Supervisor:  Monique Timmer, Instructor ERC / NRR CPR-Instructor

During this workshop you will be invited to engage with fellow students (3-4 people) to show us a perfect resuscitation (with AED) and continue the resuscitation for some time (5-7 minutes). The students who do not participate in the cardiopulmonary resuscitation-action (CPR) are invited to assess this resuscitation: what is going well and what could go better. If you are working as a doctor, it is necessary to take the leadership on a resuscitation team and to have the ability to coach your CPR-team. A good observation of skills is a requirement of a doctor in order to make the CPR procedure perfect. During the CPR-action it is important to push hard (5-6 cm), push fast (100-120/minute), and minimise interruption. At the end of this workshop you can exercise your CPR skills with the AED. The workshop will end with a certificate of participation “Workshop: heroes aren’t born, they are trained” given by the Wenckebach Training Institute of the UMCG. To prepare for this workshop you can find the international guidelines for CPR on the site of the ERC: www.erc.edu. Furthermore, you can find a link about an international campaign for reanimation awareness: life-saver.org.uk.

Surgical anatomy of the heart and surgical treatment of end-stage heart failure: LVAD

Date: 3rd of June
Department: Cardiothoracic Surgery, UMCG
Supervisors: Michiel Kuijpers MD, Wobbe Bouma MD PhD

Heart failure is an increasing world-wide problem. Until recently, heart transplantation was the only effective option to prolong survival of patients with end-stage heart failure. Nowadays it can be treated by implantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). In this workshop the problem of end-stage heart failure, the relevant cardiac anatomy, and concepts of different types of left ventricular assist devices will be discussed (emergency implantation and destination therapy). The implantation technique of an internal LVAD used for destination therapy will be shown. After this workshop, medical students will understand the entity of heart failure and the concepts and problems related to LVAD therapy.

Augmented reality to treat phantom limb pain: the phantom motor execution program

Date: 3rd of June
Department: Rehabilitation Medicine, UMCG
Supervisor: Prof. Corry K. van der Sluis

Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a condition, which is difficult to treat and is experienced by about 30-80% of people with an amputation of a limb. The most recently developed treatments use virtual environments to treat PLP. In the latter, the reality is increased or adjusted. The Phantom Motor Execution (PME) program, developed in Sweden, uses augmented reality to treat PLP. The patient sees himself through a webcam on a computer screen, where a virtual arm is projected over his stump. The patient has electrodes on his arm, with which he can control the virtual arm. In this way, the patient gets the idea that he can actually move his phantom arm, reducing phantom pain and phantom feelings. Recent research into the effectiveness of the PME treatment showed that six months after finishing the treatment, half of the participants still had significantly less PLP

In the workshop a patient with an upper limb amputation will demonstrate the PME treatment. Furthermore, participants of the workshop can try to control an upper limb prosthesis themselves by utilizing prosthesis simulators.

Stop the Bleed, Save a Life

Date: 3th and 4th of June
Department: of Trauma Surgery, UMCG
Supervisors: F.A. Feenstra (Froukje) MD  – Junior Teacher Surgery Department, P.C.R. Wouters (Roderick), MD, FEBS  – Trauma surgeon

With life-threatening blood loss, people often think of war situations, major disasters or terrorist attacks. The reality is that the majority of these acute events happen much closer to home: accidents with glass, while doing jobs around the house or when an accident happens at work, on the street or in traffic.

When you encounter such an impressive and acute situation as a (bio)medical student, do you know what practical actions you can take to ensure that someone reaches the hospital alive?

During this workshop we will teach you how to recognize life-threatening blood loss and what you practically can do (wound packing and using a tourniquet) to prevent further major blood loss!

Have a look at  the website (https://www.stopthebleed.org) for more information about the contents of this workshop.

Speed dating

Date: 3rd and 5th of June

During this workshop you will get the chance to get in touch with researchers from the different Research Institutes of the UMCG (more information about the UMCG Research Institutes can be found under “Research in Groningen” on our website). The researchers will tell you everything about their current research projects, their departments and what it is like to do research (at the UMCG). You can choose the research (sub)topics of your own interest! Therefore you have to the chance to meet the expert in the UMCG in your field of expertise.

This workshop is meant for presenting students interested in (doing) (PhD-)research at the UMCG. Everyone will be able to talk to three different researchers. You might want to exchange some contact information during that time for any future correspondence. Do not underestimate the possibilities of what these short introductions and first impressions can offer you. Please note that research in the UMCG is performed mainly by PhD/master students and covers the entire range of (bio)medical sciences. Research involving patient contact and/or performing a residency is very difficult.

You will receive detailed information about the researchers and departments participating in this workshop several weeks before the congress. Afterwards, you can get a list of all the email addresses for you in order to contact the Research Institute of your choice in the future.

The registration for this workshop stops at the 24th of April. This is in order for us to find the best match between you and a researcher from the UMCG.

Nutrition theme: The taste of medication and nutrition

Date: 3th and 4th of June
Department: Medical Oncology, UMCG
Supervisors: Prof. A.K.L. Reyners, Dr. J.J. de Haan

Taste alterations are common in patients undergoing oncological treatment and may have a negative impact on the intake of medication and nutrition. This workshop will start with a short introduction regarding the pathophysiology of taste alterations and its impact on daily life for cancer patients. Next, the participants will taste different drugs and nutritional supplements. Finally, the participants will experience how taste can be manipulated and improved.

Micro- and macroscopic suturing

Date: 3rd and 4th of June
Department: Research Support Facility – Central Animal Facility
Supervisors: Annemieke van Oosten, PhD, Catriene Thuring, DVM, PhD

Surgical techniques have gained importance in recent years. The more delicate and sophisticated a surgical technique is, the more it requires training and education. The purpose of this workshop is to teach the students the proper way to handle their surgical instruments, how to tie a suture in the correct way, and to provide an opportunity to test their hands in the fine art and skill of suturing.

Please note:

For permission to participate in the workshop it is important that you have not had contact with rodents or rabbits in the 24 hours prior to the workshop. In this way we want to prevent unwanted transmission of pathogenic micro-organisms to our laboratory animals.

Introduction to medical radiography

Date: 3rd of June and 5th of June
Department: Radiology, UMCG
Supervisors: Arjen van Hulzen, Msc

At every radiology department in the world radiography is the trusted workhorse of medical imaging since the discovery of X-rays in 1895. Today most radiographic systems are fully digital, and the technique has matured to a steady level. In this workshop basic principles of radiographic imaging are explained and examples from daily practice are demonstrated with the help of life like phantoms. After this workshop, participants will have a basic understanding of the use of X-rays in radiography. The relation between dose and image quality and the different factors that influence image quality are explained and demonstrated.

Lab-on-a-chip

Date: 3rd of June
Department: Research Institute of Pharmacy
Supervisors: Ing. Patty P.M.F.A Mulder MD, Jean-Paul S.H. Mulder

Over the past couple of decades Lab-on-a-chip technologies made inroads into laboratories focusing on the development of fast chemical and bioanalytical analyses using minute volumes of sample. Micro- and nanotechnologies are used to construct interconnected microchannel networks in planar substrates, forming microfluidic devices to replace more conventional chemical vessels such as beakers, and columns to achieve ultra-small-volume (10-6 to 10-15 µL) liquid handling. Small handheld analysers are one result, suitable for medical diagnostic, agricultural, environmental, and other applications.

The last fifteen years, lab chip technologies have also found increasing application for cell biological studies, as cell microenvironments can be exquisitely engineered to mimic in vivo environments. It becomes possible to think about assembling tissue constructs or actual tissue samples in physiological configurations in specially designed lab chip systems, so-called “body-on-a-chip” or “human-on-a-chip” system. This may lead to an improved capability to study in vivo processes in vitro. Organ interactions can be revealed in these systems, giving insight not only into drug toxicity but also into more subtle regulatory pathways between organs.

This workshop will give a short glimpse into how a laboratory is actively involved in the realisation of lab chip systems for sensing/analytical chemistry and cell culture and analysis. You will see the fabrication of those devices and the basic principles of microfluidics. Besides that, you will have an opportunity to discuss about other possible medical uses of the lab-on-a-chip technologies with researchers in the lab.

Fracture management in trauma

Date: 3rd, 4th and 5th of June

Supervisors: George Volckmann, Jesper Hilhorst, Marjon Eggink

In this hands-on workshop, the supervisors will elaborate about various treatment possibilities for fractures. The biomechanical aspects of the different fixation methods will be covered. Moreover, you will be able to fixate implants on several kinds of fractures for the proximal femur, tibia and proximal humerus. The placement of the implants will be effectuated with medical drills, saws and operation sets.

Thursday June  4th

Dissection of the human brain

Date: 4th June
Department: Biomedical Sciences of Cells & Systems, section Anatomy & Physiology
Supervisor: Gerben Ruesink MSc

Dissection of the human body in general and of the brain in particular is an underexposed part of the average medical curriculum. In this context, the workshop “Dissection of the human brain” will address this omission. The workshop will be organised in the dissection room of the Anatomy Department of the UMCG and is especially intended for students with a special interest in the brain.

The workshop will start with inspection of the external parts of the human brain. The morphology of meninges, blood vessels and, neocortical areas are central topics. Subsequently, transversal and horizontal sections of fixated human brains will be used to inspect the inner parts of the brain. Attention will be paid to the three-dimensional location of the cortical, extrapyramidal and, limbic structures. At the end of the workshop students will have gained a better insight in the structure and function of the human brain.

Basic oncopathology: gross examination of pathology specimens

Date: 4th June
Supervisor: Prof. Albert Suurmeijer PhD

Despite the introduction of sophisticated techniques in modern pathology, macroscopic interpretation of resection specimens remains a cornerstone in the daily practice of surgical pathology. After a short introduction regarding the role of pathology in oncologic patient care and basic terminology the participants will be asked to interpret 4-5 macroscopic specimens from surgical resections. We will translate pathology highlights (tumour diagnosis, tumour stage, aetiology-pathogenesis) into patient care (prognosis, therapeutic options). Four pathologists will be present to assist and answer questions during the workshop.

Real sounds sent out by your ear

Date: 4th of June
Department: Otorhinolaryngology, UMCG
Supervisor:  ir. A. (Bert) Maat

72% of healthy human ears are emitting acoustic energy just below the hearing threshold. This phenomenon is called Spontaneous Otoacoustic Emission (SOAE). The origin of this acoustic signal lies within the cochlea. Outer hair cells (OHC’s) in the cochlea are believed to play a key role in the generation of Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE’s). OAE’s have been found in other mammals, but in non-mammals as well, such as lizards, frogs, and birds, sharing this fundamental biophysical mechanism. What can we learn from this fundamental mechanism, do they interact with incoming sounds, why do they exist, and can we make use of OAE’s in diagnostics? But the bigger question is: do you have SOAE’s? In this workshop you will find out.

Dental implants in the aesthetic zone

Date: 4th of June
Supervisor: J.W.A. Slot PhD

Losing one or more teeth in the aesthetic zone has a great impact on a person. Inserting root-form dental implants and restoring them with ceramic crowns has proven to be a reliable method to solve the problem. The dental literature shows excellent survival rates of single-tooth restorations on dental implants, varying from 96.1% to 98.9% after 7.5 years in function. Studies that address aesthetics and patient satisfaction reveal it is a very sensitive method in the eye of the professional, but that patients are generally very satisfied. This workshop comprises a lecture with the possibilities of dental implants, different treatment steps and aesthetic results. The second part of the workshop is a hands-on training in which the participant actually places a dental implant in a model, imitating the surgical part of the treatment. The workshop is supported by Straumann Dental Implants, the Netherlands.

Transgenders: a debate with the UMCG genderteam and a patient

Date: 3rd and 4th of June
Department: Genderteam UMCG (gynaecology and plastic surgery)
Supervisors: Tim R. Middelberg MD PhD, Tallechien M.T. Tempelman MD, M. van den Berg MD, Marga Tjallingii MSc

Transgender people experience a mismatch between their gender identity or gender expression and their assigned sex. Transgender is an umbrella term, because in addition to including trans men and trans women (whose binary gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex), it may also include gender queer people (whose identities are not exclusively masculine or feminine, for example: bigender, pangender, genderfluid, or agender).

Since the late ‘70s the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands offers a treatment programme for transgenders, according to the professional standards of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH). Once patients have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria by the psychiatrist, the ‘real life phase’ starts. This includes living their gender identity and cross sex hormone therapy. When the ‘real-life phase’ has been followed through with success, one can apply for sex reassignment surgery. After these operations, lifelong continuation of cross sex hormone therapy is needed to maintain secondary sex characteristics of the desired gender.

What does the transition contain and cause physically, mentally, and socially and how can we guide the patients in this process? During this workshop you will be able to ask questions to a member of the UMCG Genderteam and a transgender patient.

How to perform intravascular access and airway management

Date: 3th, 4th and 5th of June
Department: Anaesthesiology, UMCG
Supervisors: Anaesthesiology residents

Anaesthesiologists are perioperative medical specialists who provide medical care to patients before, during, and after surgical procedures. Airway management, intraoperative life support, and pain control are essential skills. Besides their work in the perioperative field as physicians and nowadays often as managers as well, anaesthesiologists are involved in Intensive Care Units, Postoperative Anaesthesia Care Units, Pain Clinics and emergency medicine, including pre-hospital care by helicopter. Besides clinical work, anaesthesiologists are involved in teaching and research. In the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) residents and staff members are trained in an ultramodern Skills Lab with simulation training.

This anaesthesiology workshop provides a basic approach to patient care. Participants will deal with various aspects of vascular access and airway management. You will be assisted by trained anaesthesiologists to keep the patient safe and sound.

Basic life support, heroes are not born, they are trained

Date: 3rd, 4th and 5th of June
Department: Wenckebach Institute for Education and Training.
Supervisor:  Monique Timmer, Instructor ERC / NRR CPR-Instructor

During this workshop you will be invited to engage with fellow students (3-4 people) to show us a perfect resuscitation (with AED) and continue the resuscitation for some time (5-7 minutes). The students who do not participate in the cardiopulmonary resuscitation-action (CPR) are invited to assess this resuscitation: what is going well and what could go better. If you are working as a doctor, it is necessary to take the leadership on a resuscitation team and to have the ability to coach your CPR-team. A good observation of skills is a requirement of a doctor in order to make the CPR procedure perfect. During the CPR-action it is important to push hard (5-6 cm), push fast (100-120/minute), and minimise interruption. At the end of this workshop you can exercise your CPR skills with the AED. The workshop will end with a certificate of participation “Workshop: heroes aren’t born, they are trained” given by the Wenckebach Training Institute of the UMCG. To prepare for this workshop you can find the international guidelines for CPR on the site of the ERC: www.erc.edu. Furthermore, you can find a link about an international campaign for reanimation awareness: life-saver.org.uk.

Fix a mandibular fracture yourself

Date: 4th of June
Department: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, UMCG
Supervisors: Prof. Ruud R.M. Bos DMD PhD, Dr. Baucke van Minnen

The treatment of mandibular fractures has evolved greatly over the past 50 years. Biomechanical principles that have been developed in laboratory models are applied to clinical practice in order to allow for immediate mobilization and rehabilitation of the injured part. The goal of this workshop is to give insight in the widely accepted treatment modality of mandibular fractures: internal fixation with mini plates and screws. After a short introduction of the principles of mandibular fracture treatment, the participants will perform an osteosynthesis of mandibular fractures in a polyurethane mandible with mini plates and screws.

Stop the Bleed, Save a Life

Date: 3th and 4th of June
Department: of Trauma Surgery, UMCG
Supervisors: F.A. Feenstra (Froukje) MD  – Junior Teacher Surgery Department, P.C.R. Wouters (Roderick), MD, FEBS  – Trauma surgeon

With life-threatening blood loss, people often think of war situations, major disasters or terrorist attacks. The reality is that the majority of these acute events happen much closer to home: accidents with glass, while doing jobs around the house or when an accident happens at work, on the street or in traffic.

When you encounter such an impressive and acute situation as a (bio)medical student, do you know what practical actions you can take to ensure that someone reaches the hospital alive?

During this workshop we will teach you how to recognize life-threatening blood loss and what you practically can do (wound packing and using a tourniquet) to prevent further major blood loss!

Have a look at  the website (https://www.stopthebleed.org) for more information about the contents of this workshop.

Labvisit with PhD students

Date: 4th of June

During this workshop you will get the opportunity to visit research laboratories in the UMCG. You will get a guided tour from a PhD student. Meanwhile you can ask this student anything you want to know about doing research in Groningen. Also, they will show the kind of research that is performed in the labs and tell their own experiences with doing research here.

Antimicrobial coated implants, visualizing effectiveness from bench to implant

Department: Biomedical Engineering, UMCG
Supervisor: Brandon Peterson PhD
Date: 4th of June

As the global population extends its life expectancy, the body has yet to keep pace and parts inevitably fail prior to an individual death. Thankfully, implants have been designed for nearly every body part, from skin to internal organs. Different body replacements require different optimal conditions, and thus every implant becomes specialized.  Many times, the implant is located in an area rich in nutrients, like a hip- or knee- implant. This allows integration with the host cells, while also providing a nutrient source for bacterial infection. One method to prevent infection is to coat the implant with an antimicrobial coating, that will delay or prevent contamination and allow integration of host cells.  This workshop will provide demonstrations of the different steps of producing an antimicrobial coating from bench to implant and allow the participants hands-on simulated bench experience with antimicrobial testing.

The taste of medication and nutrition

Date: 3th and 4th of June
Department: Medical Oncology, UMCG
Supervisors: Prof. A.K.L. Reyners, Dr. J.J. de Haan

Taste alterations are common in patients undergoing oncological treatment and may have a negative impact on the intake of medication and nutrition. This workshop will start with a short introduction regarding the pathophysiology of taste alterations and its impact on daily life for cancer patients. Next, the participants will taste different drugs and nutritional supplements. Finally, the participants will experience how taste can be manipulated and improved.

Micro- and macroscopic suturing

Date: 3rd and 4th of June
Department: Research Support Facility – Central Animal Facility
Supervisors: Annemieke van Oosten, PhD, Catriene Thuring, DVM, PhD

Surgical techniques have gained importance in recent years. The more delicate and sophisticated a surgical technique is, the more it requires training and education. The purpose of this workshop is to teach the students the proper way to handle their surgical instruments, how to tie a suture in the correct way, and to provide an opportunity to test their hands in the fine art and skill of suturing.

Please note:

For permission to participate in the workshop it is important that you have not had contact with rodents or rabbits in the 24 hours prior to the workshop. In this way we want to prevent unwanted transmission of pathogenic micro-organisms to our laboratory animals.

Measuring wheelchair propulsion with a wheelchair ergometer and a motion capture system

Date: 4th and 5th of June 

Department: Human movement sciences, UMCG

Supervisor: Jelmer Braaksma

 Manual wheelchair propulsion is generally associated with upper-limb pain and pathology due to its high repetitive strain. Large improvements can still be made to wheelchair prescription, design, and user training. As such, standardized measurement tools and techniques are required to evaluate the wheelchair-user interface. In this workshop wheelchair propulsion data will be collected using a new wheelchair ergometer, arm kinematics will be measured with a motion capture system, and oxygen consumption will be evaluated with a spirometer. During this workshop you will actively collect] propulsion data with all of the aforementioned devices to get a glimpse of the scientific world behind wheelchair propulsion in patient populations and wheelchair-athletes.

Fracture management in trauma

Date: 3rd, 4th and 5th of June

Supervisors: George Volckmann, Jesper Hilhorst, Marjon Eggink

In this hands-on workshop, the supervisors will elaborate about various treatment possibilities for fractures. The biomechanical aspects of the different fixation methods will be covered. Moreover, you will be able to fixate implants on several kinds of fractures for the proximal femur, tibia and proximal humerus. The placement of the implants will be effectuated with medical drills, saws and operation sets.

Friday June 5th

Plastic surgery: Tissue expander and hand exam

Date: 5th of June
Department: Plastic Surgery, UMCG
Supervisor: Drs. Vera van Aalst

Plastic surgeons perform a variety of different reconstructive and aesthetic procedures. These vary from basic wound care to extensive reconstructions after tissue loss or removal due to trauma or disease, like cancer.

At the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) we collaborate with many different medical specialists.

Considering the high incidence of breast cancer (more than 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer in their lifetime), a large part of our practice focuses on breast reconstruction after cancer removal. For this reconstruction, we not only have the option of using patients’ own tissue, but also implants. A tissue expander is a temporary implant which we use to expand soft tissue to create a pocket for a permanent implant.

Another focus of our practice is hand surgery. To be able to make a correct diagnosis and choose to appropriate (surgical) treatment it is important to perform a detailed and comprehensive exam of the hand.

There are two main goals of this workshop. First, to familiarize participants with different treatment options available for breast reconstruction. Specifically, they will learn how to use (and fill) a tissue expander.  Secondly, participants will learn how to perform a detailed and comprehensive hand exam.

How to perform intravascular access and airway management

Date: 3th, 4th and 5th of June
Department: Anaesthesiology, UMCG
Supervisors: Anaesthesiology residents

Anaesthesiologists are perioperative medical specialists who provide medical care to patients before, during, and after surgical procedures. Airway management, intraoperative life support, and pain control are essential skills. Besides their work in the perioperative field as physicians and nowadays often as managers as well, anaesthesiologists are involved in Intensive Care Units, Postoperative Anaesthesia Care Units, Pain Clinics and emergency medicine, including pre-hospital care by helicopter. Besides clinical work, anaesthesiologists are involved in teaching and research. In the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) residents and staff members are trained in an ultramodern Skills Lab with simulation training.

This anaesthesiology workshop provides a basic approach to patient care. Participants will deal with various aspects of vascular access and airway management. You will be assisted by trained anaesthesiologists to keep the patient safe and sound.

Basic life support, heroes are not born, they are trained

Date: 3rd, 4th and 5th of June
Department: Wenckebach Institute for Education and Training.
Supervisor:  Monique Timmer, Instructor ERC / NRR CPR-Instructor

During this workshop you will be invited to engage with fellow students (3-4 people) to show us a perfect resuscitation (with AED) and continue the resuscitation for some time (5-7 minutes). The students who do not participate in the cardiopulmonary resuscitation-action (CPR) are invited to assess this resuscitation: what is going well and what could go better. If you are working as a doctor, it is necessary to take the leadership on a resuscitation team and to have the ability to coach your CPR-team. A good observation of skills is a requirement of a doctor in order to make the CPR procedure perfect. During the CPR-action it is important to push hard (5-6 cm), push fast (100-120/minute), and minimise interruption. At the end of this workshop you can exercise your CPR skills with the AED. The workshop will end with a certificate of participation “Workshop: heroes aren’t born, they are trained” given by the Wenckebach Training Institute of the UMCG. To prepare for this workshop you can find the international guidelines for CPR on the site of the ERC: www.erc.edu. Furthermore, you can find a link about an international campaign for reanimation awareness: life-saver.org.uk.

Surgical anatomy of the heart and surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation

Department:  Cardiothoracic Surgery, UMCG
Date: 5th of June
Supervisors: Prof. Massimo Mariani MD PhD, Wobbe Bouma MD PhD

Atrial fibrillation is an increasing world-wide [I02] problem and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. In this workshop the basic anatomy of the heart and its relation with the aetiology and pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation will be discussed. A basic understanding of cardiac anatomy is essential in understanding atrial fibrillation and the different surgical treatment modalities. The different surgical treatment modalities for atrial fibrillation will be explained and shown during this workshop. Advantages and disadvantages of these techniques will be discussed. After this workshop, medical students will understand the basics of atrial fibrillation and its surgical treatment.

Speed dating

Date: 3rd and 5th of June

During this workshop you will get the chance to get in touch with researchers from the different Research Institutes of the UMCG (more information about the UMCG Research Institutes can be found under “Research in Groningen” on our website). The researchers will tell you everything about their current research projects, their departments and what it is like to do research (at the UMCG). You can choose the research (sub)topics of your own interest! Therefore you have to the chance to meet the expert in the UMCG in your field of expertise.

This workshop is meant for presenting students interested in (doing) (PhD-)research at the UMCG. Everyone will be able to talk to three different researchers. You might want to exchange some contact information during that time for any future correspondence. Do not underestimate the possibilities of what these short introductions and first impressions can offer you. Please note that research in the UMCG is performed mainly by PhD/master students and covers the entire range of (bio)medical sciences. Research involving patient contact and/or performing a residency is very difficult.

You will receive detailed information about the researchers and departments participating in this workshop several weeks before the congress. Afterwards, you can get a list of all the email addresses for you in order to contact the Research Institute of your choice in the future.

The registration for this workshop stops at the 24th of April. This is in order for us to find the best match between you and a researcher from the UMCG.

Inside the psychotic experience (conversation with a patient)

Date: 5th of June
Department: Psychiatry, UMCG
Supervisor: Frank D. van Es MD

Psychosis is a generic psychiatric term for a mental state often described as loss of contact with reality. Patients experiencing psychosis may report hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there) or delusional beliefs (false beliefs about what is taking place or who one is). The combination of both can cause an often severe disruption to perception, thinking, emotion, and behaviour. Depending on its severity, a psychotic episode may thus be accompanied by unusual or bizarre behaviour, as well as difficulty with social interaction and, impairment in carrying out daily life activities. As a result, patients with psychosis are caught in a hostile environment. They are therefore in need of your dedication and medical skills: how can you meet their needs? How can you avoid stigma and promote health and social recovery?

During this workshop you will be able to ask questions to a psychiatrist and a patient who has suffered from psychosis.

Guided tour in the central animal facility of the UMCG

Date: 5th of June
Department: Research Support Facility – Central Animal Facility
Supervisors: Catriene Thuring, DVM, PhD, Annemieke van Oosten, PhD

Many major findings in the field of human medicine have been established following animal experiments. To date, animal experimentation is still a very important way to gain data and knowledge mandatory to develop new procedures in modern human medicine.

Within the UMCG all animal experimental work is organised in the Central Animal Facility.

The workshop consists of a guided tour in this facility. During the tour the current status of laboratory animal experimentation within the UMCG will be presented to you.

Please note:

For permission to participate in the tour it is important that you have not had contact with rodents or rabbits in the 24 hours prior to the tour. In this way we want to prevent unwanted transmission of pathogenic micro-organisms to our laboratory animals.

Introduction to medical radiography

Date: 3rd of June and 5th of June
Department: Radiology, UMCG
Supervisors: Arjen van Hulzen, Msc

At every radiology department in the world radiography is the trusted workhorse of medical imaging since the discovery of X-rays in 1895. Today most radiographic systems are fully digital, and the technique has matured to a steady level. In this workshop basic principles of radiographic imaging are explained and examples from daily practice are demonstrated with the help of life like phantoms. After this workshop, participants will have a basic understanding of the use of X-rays in radiography. The relation between dose and image quality and the different factors that influence image quality are explained and demonstrated.

Measuring wheelchair propulsion with a wheelchair ergometer and a motion capture system

Date: 4th and 5th of June 

Department: Human movement sciences, UMCG

Supervisor: Jelmer Braaksma

 Manual wheelchair propulsion is generally associated with upper-limb pain and pathology due to its high repetitive strain. Large improvements can still be made to wheelchair prescription, design, and user training. As such, standardized measurement tools and techniques are required to evaluate the wheelchair-user interface. In this workshop wheelchair propulsion data will be collected using a new wheelchair ergometer, arm kinematics will be measured with a motion capture system, and oxygen consumption will be evaluated with a spirometer. During this workshop you will actively collect] propulsion data with all of the aforementioned devices to get a glimpse of the scientific world behind wheelchair propulsion in patient populations and wheelchair-athletes.

Fracture management in trauma

Date: 3rd, 4th and 5th of June

Supervisors: George Volckmann, Jesper Hilhorst, Marjon Eggink

In this hands-on workshop, the supervisors will elaborate about various treatment possibilities for fractures. The biomechanical aspects of the different fixation methods will be covered. Moreover, you will be able to fixate implants on several kinds of fractures for the proximal femur, tibia and proximal humerus. The placement of the implants will be effectuated with medical drills, saws and operation sets.