Training and Education
Over the past few years a growing educational need has arisen within Pelvic Floor as a speciality, with more trainees developing an interest and a desire to further expand their clinical knowledge and skills. The PFS has helped to organise and support a growing number of courses and workshops across the UK to help close these educational gaps, including the fecent Practical Skills in Pelvic Floor surgery course in Poole, designed for senior trainees to get hands on experience. Hopefully over coming years we can develop further courses for trainees to fill gaps otherwise not met by routine registrar training, especially if they have limited experience from dedicated pelvic floor centres.
The Annual Meeting will be held in Cardiff this year. Now in its 12th year this is an ideal opportunity to meet and network with experts in fields of colorectal, urology and urogynaecology, plus meet peers throughout the UK and Europe. It's also an great opportunity to present research in PF, with prizes and abstract publications to add to the CV. This year we are hoping to hold a pre-conference Trainee teaching day, details of which will follow. We also have the Pelvic Floor day at ACPGBI in Edinburgh in July.
Through increasing collaboration with ICS, UKCS, BAUS, BSUG and the Pelvic Pain group the Pelvic Floor society hopes to widen the educational opportunities available. Building on work from the previous trainee representative, Kat Gash, we are developing a curriculum for pelvic floor trainees, with specialist DOPs and PBAs for sign off (see Training & Education web page for details), master classes and specialist fellowships. Hopefully with time the route to being a surgeon with a pelvic floor special interest will be more defined and easier for the trainee to follow.
I am an ST8, post FRCS, Colorectal Trainee in Mersey Deanery, with a special interest in pelvic floor and medical education. I have experience of teaching undergraduate level students at The University of Liverpool and postgraduate students at Edge Hill University. I am faculty on many RCS courses and have helped redesign and configure the new RCS Specialist Registrar Skills in General Surgery Course. The aim would be to get involved with the College to devise a specialist Pelvic floor course.
Despite being lucky enough to work within my Regional Pelvic Floor unit, I have sometimes found further developing my skills within Pelvic floor to be hard and hope in the future to make this training easier for those that follow.
As your trainee representative, I would welcome any comments or suggestions. Please feel free to contact me
Dukes Club Representative, TPFS
Endoanal US Course @ ACPGBI, Bournemouth
Once again BK Medical will be supporting a training course on Endo-Anal ultrasound with a faculty from St Thomas’ Hospital, London. This will include formal lectures followed by ‘hand on’ assessment of 3D data cubes on BK Consoles.
Date: Monday, 3rd July 2013 Time: 10am until approximately 1pm.
Venue: Purbeck Lounge, Bournemouth Conference Centre.
No of places: 35 Coffee and ‘snacks’ will be served (at 9.30am) prior to the meeting, at the mid-course break and a buffet lunch will be provided at the completion of the course.
In the past this course has been provided free of charge, but this has often seen delegates who booked the course failing to attend. This in turn leads to people who could have attended not being able to, as places were (apparently) not available. To try to overcome this BK Medical has decided to make a modest charge of £65 to cover the costs of running the course; with any monies in excess of the actual costs being donated to charity / a research fund. This is a very modest cost when compared to most similar training courses.
You will need to register and pay to attend the conference on Monday, 1 July in order to reserve a place on the Endo-Anal Ultrasound Course. Once you have reserved your place, the administration team at the ACPGBI will pass on your email details to BK Medical, so that we can contact you with regards to making the payment to secure your place on this course
We look forward to welcoming you to this course.
Books worth looking at
Pelvic Floor Disorders: Imaging and Multidisciplinary Approach to Management
edited by Giulio Santoro, Andrzej P. Wieczorek, Clive I. Bartram
Read the eBook to learn:
POP-Q made EASY
The AUGS POP-Q Interactive Assessment Tool is a flexible application that enables qualified healthcare providers to visually demonstrate pelvic floor exam results to patients