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 online workshops were organised during ISCOMS 2021. More information on the workshops organised for ISCOMS 2022 will follow soon!  

Tuesday June 8th

Date: 8th of June
Department: Department of Pathology
Supervisors: Prof. A. 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. In each case, we will translate pathology highlights (tumor diagnosis, tumor stage, etiology-pathogenesis) into patient care (prognosis, therapeutic options).

Date: 8th and 10th of June
Department: Wenckebach Institute for Education and Training
Supervisor: Monique Timmer, Instructor ERC / NRR CPR-Instructor

Even from the other side of the world, you can learn how to save a life from your own home. You only need a smartphone with the right app and either a cuddly toy, a pillow, a duvet, or a sleeping bag.

Through an online training, the theory will be explained and all over the world we are going to practice the associated skills. It’s a hands only training. After the workshop you can get reference work and a diploma.

We look forward to seeing you, online.

Date: 8th and 9th 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 28th of April. This is in order for us to find the best match between you and a researcher from the UMCG. For the online workshops we will work with time slots. Every discipline will have 15 minutes to give a short presentation and answer questions afterwards. The time slots will be posted on the website as soon as possible.

Date:  8th of June
Department: Genderteam UMCG (gynaecology and plastic surgery)
Supervisor: A. G. Schuringa

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.

Date:  8th of June
Department: Community Health Service (GGD) Groningen
Supervisor: Taco van Mesdag and Tatjana Naujocks, both MD forensic medicine

Finding a dead person requires further investigation. In the first place it is necessary to be sure a person is dead indeed. Secondly, it is important to find out whether a person died from natural causes or not. Last but not least, declaring a person dead and signing the death certificate requires certainty about the identity of the person you want to declare dead. Making mistakes in these situations creates a lot of problems for the ‘living-dead’ person.

During this workshop we will present one crime scene investigation, not as you see them on TV, but as we see them in real life. Questions like what happened here, when did it happen, why did it happen and to whom did it happen will have to be answered.

Real forensic investigators will be present to join us in the investigation. The body – of course – won’t be real, but will be represented by two LOTUS-volunteer. LOTUS is an organization that participates in all kinds of training where casualties/victims are needed, dead or alive. They do a perfect job by playing their roles lifelike, or in our case deathlike.

Date:  9th of June
Department: Cardiothoracic Surgery, UMCG
Supervisor: M. Kuijpers MD, W. 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.

Wednesday June 9th

Date: 9th of June
Department: Radiology, UMCG
Supervisors: A. 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.

Date:  9th of June
Department: Biomedical Sciences of Cells & Systems, section Anatomy & Medical Physiology
Supervisors: J. Georgiadis PhD, G. 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 as a livestream from the dissection room of the Anatomy Department of the UMCG and is especially intended for students with a specific 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.

Date: 8th and 9th 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 28th of April. This is in order for us to find the best match between you and a researcher from the UMCG. For the online workshops we will work with time slots. Every discipline will have 15 minutes to give a short presentation and answer questions afterwards. The time slots will be posted on the website as soon as possible.

Date:  9th of June
Department: Orthopaedics
Supervisor: Patrick Nieboer MD

The topic of the interactive trauma lecture will be: Dealing with dilemmas in the emergency room. You are the on call surgeon and disaster strikes. What choices do you make? A trauma surgeon will discuss and guide you through the different dilemmas from the Emergency room. As a group you will make the choices of the trauma surgeon and the right course of action will be explained.

Date:  8th of June
Department: Cardiothoracic Surgery, UMCG
Supervisor: Prof. M. Mariani MD PhD, W. Bouma MD PhD

Atrial fibrillation is an increasing world-wide problem and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. In this workshop the basic anatomy of the heart and its relationship with the etiology 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.

Thursday June 10th

Date:  10th of June
Department: Plastic Surgery, UMCG
Supervisor: Drs V. C. van Aalst and Steven de Jongh

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 life time), 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, the participants will learn how to use (and fill) a tissue expander. Secondly, they will learn how to perform a detailed and comprehensive hand exam.

Date:  10th of June
Department: Psychiatry, UMCG
Supervisor: F. 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 often cause a severe disruption of 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.

Date: 8th and 10th of June
Department: Wenckebach Institute for Education and Training
Supervisor: Monique Timmer, Instructor ERC / NRR CPR-Instructor

Even from the other side of the world, you can learn how to save a life from your own home. You only need a smartphone with the right app and either a cuddly toy, a pillow, a duvet, or a sleeping bag.

Through an online training, the theory will be explained and all over the world we are going to practice the associated skills. It’s a hands only training. After the workshop you can get reference work and a diploma.

We look forward to seeing you, online.

Date:  10th of June
Supervisor: G. Markousis-Mavrogenis MD/PhD Student

Artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasingly important role in medical research in recent years. However, adoption of AI-related solutions in clinical practice remains challenging, primarily because of unfamiliarity with the concepts behind AI. In this interactive workshop, given by the co-chair of the Groningen student association for AI in medicine (AiMED), we will try to demystify AI by discussing some of its introductory concepts. Furthermore, we will discuss its potential applications in medical research and practice. In addition to that, we will discover how you can integrate AI into your research.