We would like to welcome you to the site of the "New Technologies in Gastrointestinal Surgery – Minimally Invasive Techniques – Bariatric Surgery" Master of Science Programme of the Medical School of Athens, Greece.
Meet the Programme
This is an innovative Master of Science (MSc) programme of the Medical School of Athens, which is intended exclusively for surgeons (both specialists and residents), which makes it unique on a national level.
This two-year MSc programme includes two important, mandatory branches: one theoretical, which is guaranteed through the teaching of both experienced and established University Professors as well as private practitioners of great renown, and one practical, with hands-on training on surgical simulation stations, laparoscopic boxes, robotic training systems, as well as live participation in actual surgical procedures.
In short, the programme focuses on all modern interventional techniques that comprise the present and the future of Surgery, in order to train a new generation of surgeons, and give the the necessary skills and knowledge needed, for them to be able to provide high-quality competitive health services in all professional settings.
Exclusively for Surgeons
This MSc programme is intended exclusively for surgical specialists and residents, who possess the necessary knowledge foundation needed in order to take full advantage of the demanding theoretical lectures and hands-on training.
Students living outside of Athens or abroad can follow the lectures remotely, with the sole mandatory need to attend in person all the hands-on sessions once during each semester.
Both Theoretical and Hands-on Training
Beyond education via theoretical lectures, students are also given extensive hands-on training, with mandatory participation of every student in practicing on simboxes, simulation stations, robotic training systems, as well as training on dry labs and actual live surgical procedures.
The performance of each student during the hands-on sessions is graded, and the improvement of their technical skills in laparoendoscopic and robotic surgery is monitored and evaluated continuously, up to the point that the instructors deem sufficient. This process guarantees the students' clearly progressing improvement, as proven by each one's individual learning curve.
Duration of Studies – Participants
Duration of studies:
4 semesters (last semester involves the development and defense of each student's thesis)
24 specialist and resident surgeons selected from the entirety of all applicants, based on objective criteria and interview scores
Exploratory laparoscopy, EMR/ESD, basic and advanced laparoscopy skills
Docking, usage, training on robotic systems (Intuitive DaVinci series), tips and tricks
GERD, esophageal achalasia, stromal tumors, gastric - esophageal malignancies
Metabolic – bariatric surgery, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gastric Roux-en-Y/single anastomosis bypass, novel techniques
Diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel diseases, dysplastic colon polyps, colorectal malignancies, laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic lower anterior/abdominoperineal resection, TAMIS, TEM, TaTME
Participation of internationally acclaimed instructors, from both Greece and abroad
Intensive training on simulation stations, simboxers, dry labs and robotic education systems
Training in the operating theatre, with participation in live surgical procedures
Results that Matter
All our students participate mandatorily in hands-on training sessions (on simboxes, dry labs, simulation stations, robotic training consoles, as well as in live surgical procedures in the operating theatre). Each student's progress is recorded, monitored and guided on an individual level by the instructors, resulting in the undeniable improvement of technical skills of every single one of our students, (p<0,0001, mean improvement by 40,89%, CI 95: 36,74% – 45,04%), based on our statistics.
The sessions of the programme are distributed in two parts: one theoretical and one hands-on. Both are mandatory for all our students and are distributed evenly across all weeks of each semester. The programme allows for up to 40% of students per course living in the countryside or abroad to attend the lectures via Internet, and visit Athens once per semester, in order to participate in the hands-on training program comprehensively and within reasonable timeframes.
Start of Lectures – Announcements
"Hippocration" General Hospital of Athens
108, Vasilissis Sofias Ave.
Contact Phone Numbers:
- +30 697 979 40 20 (Mrs. Karakasi)
- +30 697 50 23 763 (Mr. Smparounis)