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The Aalst Hands-on Cadaveric Endoscopic Mitral Course
In this four days human cadaveric truly hands-on course I want to prepare participants to be really ready to start an endoscopic mitral valve program. In more than twenty years of teaching and guiding surgeons by case-observation and later proctoring I have been a personal witness of the huge gap between being a good surgeon, having the ambition to start such a mini-mitral program and actually being successful in doing it. All the tips and tricks leading to a good endoscopic exposure of the mitral valve are key in this. Two LIVE-case observations at the OLV Clinic, lectures, highly instructive wet-lab exercise and a full day of cadaveric training at the exciting facility of ORSI should make this course outstanding and unique. My ambition is to transfer all this knowledge and hands-on skills step by step to the individual participant to make him or her truly ready for a successful start in their own departments. Success! Dr. Frank Van Praet Head of the department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery OLV Clinic, Aalst Belgium