"A Few months ago, while going through my emails, I noticed a BSG newsletter inviting applications for a BSG Travel fellowship to ENDOCLUB NORD Hamburg with an exciting opportunity to spend a few days in one of the world’s best centres for therapeutic endoscopy and attend the world largest live endoscopy congress.
"The arrangements for ENDOCLUB NORD were outstanding, including ease of access to the assembly venue, the state-of-the-art sound system and video links from different endoscopy units across the globe."
"Day two of Endo Club Nord was the best in my opinion, as it was dedicated to case reviews done on the previous day. It was amazing to see the histology from all the cases and hear very useful discussions by experts on the techniques, outcomes and follow-ups."
Excerpts from the report by Dr. Saqib Ahmad
"As a recently appointed Consultant with an interest in Endoscopy, I applied for the BSG EndoClub Nord Travel Fellowship and was fortunate enough to be selected to travel to Hamburg."
"The EndoClub Nord meeting was an action-packed day which included impressive endoscopy streamed live from 3 different endoscopy units (Altona, Barmbek and Eppendorf) in Hamburg. We were certainly impressed by the range of cases (ESD, EMR, ERCP, EUS and even a PTC) demonstrated by local and international expert endoscopists. I think the huge ampulla adenoma which Professor Pohl resected was probably the most memorable case! Even more impressive is that the pathology team worked tirelessly overnight (while most of us enjoyed a night out organised by our hosts) so the histology results were able to be reviewed the following day correlating back to the live cases."
"It was a very educational and enjoyable week in Hamburg. It is a very friendly and vibrant harbour city with a good night life. We also found time to sample some of the tourist attractions (I would recommend the U-boat museum and miniature Wanderland). I would highly recommend this travel fellowship to my registrar and consultant colleagues. I would also like to thank EndoClub Nord, BSG and Olympus for organising the travel fellowship and especially our hosts (Professors Thomas Rösch, Siegert Faiss and Jürgen Pohl) who made us feel extremely welcome during our stay!"
Excerpts from the report by Dr Danny Cheung
"I was delighted to be awarded a Travel Fellowship to attend Endoclub Nord 2018. My background is as a gastroenterology specialist registrar, however I am currently conducting a research fellowship in advanced luminal endoscopy, having completed a clinical fellowship in luminal endoscopy prior to this. I hoped that completing the Endoclub Nord fellowship would further advance my knowledge and understanding of emerging techniques and best practice in endoscopy, whilst providing networking opportunities with established and emerging expert endoscopists in an international setting."
"The congress part of the fellowship was well organised, with travel directions provided in advance and congress materials prepared for our arrival at the venue. The venue was spacious with a comfortable lecture theatre and on site translators providing live translation via headsets for those who did not speak german. The programme was varied, with a mixture of live endoscopy and lectures to keep interest piqued throughout the day. The execution of the live endoscopy was impressive, with seamless movement back and forth between cases and sites, allowing for a number of different cases to be shown during each session."
"I have brought additional knowledge and understanding back with me from Hamburg, in particular relating to emerging technologies and techniques in endoscopy. I have learnt that German endoscopy practice has many similarities, but also many differences with UK practice and being able to observe and understand a different system was useful to highlight what we already do well as well as which aspects of care we could improve on. I hope to improve my own clinical practice as result of this experience."
Excerpts from the report by Dr Sophie Arndtz
"The EndoclubNord meeting was truly a tour de force of advanced endoscopy and was delivered seamlessly with slick transition between cases. The sheer number of cases precluded audience participation, however, this was redressed on the Saturday with histopathology updates (who knew this could be achieved in 24 hours!) and audience discussion. With simultaneous German and English translation this allowed all delegates to participate."
"I took away many things from this trip. Clearly the German approach to endoscopy is innovative with early adoption of novel techniques, perhaps with less NHS red tape, however, I’m grateful for our standardised training programmes in endoscopy as well as the non-endoscopic training skills that have undoubtedly improved UK endoscopy performance. I am extremely grateful to the BSG for giving me this opportunity to attend."
Excerpts from the report by Dr Fergus Chedgy