Masterclass 2017 Coventry
In June 2017, Heart Research UK held two heart surgery masterclasses in state-of-the-art facilities at the West Midlands Surgical Training Centre in Coventry; one on heart transplantation and the other on mitral valve surgery.
These masterclasses gave cardiothoracic surgeons from around the UK the opportunity to gain theoretical and hands-on practical experience of life-saving surgical techniques, giving them skills and knowledge that can readily be transferred to the clinical environment.
Both courses were led by Uday Dandekar, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, and Vamsidhar Dronavalli, Specialist Registrar in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
The first masterclass was attended by 12 surgeons and covered theoretical and technical aspects of heart transplantation with the opportunity to practice the techniques for removing the donor heart and implanting into the recipient.
Mr Steven Tsui, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon and Clinical Director of the Transplant Service at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, who was a member of the expert faculty said “We are most grateful to HRUK for funding this unique heart transplantation masterclass. I was delighted to see so many enthusiastic young surgeons eager to learn about heart transplantation. I hope that the knowledge gained at the Masterclass will help them to develop their skills so that more patients may benefit in the future.”
The second masterclass was attended by 11 surgeons and covered theoretical aspects of mitral valve pathology and its management, with the opportunity to practice elements of valve implantation and repair. The expert faculty included experienced cardiothoracic surgeons from University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and Royal Stoke University Hospital.
The course directors said “Both masterclasses had very positive feedback from the delegates who appreciated the rare opportunity to benefit from excellent facilities and resources, and close supervision and training from a highly-experienced interactive faculty. We believe the skills acquired by delegates during these masterclasses can be directly translated to their clinical practice and has motivated the delegates’ development in the clinical areas covered.”