Advanced Course in Video-assisted Thoracic Surgery – VATS and RATS

Full immersion in Video-assisted Thoracic Surgery

This curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of experienced thoracoscopic surgeons who are considering starting a VATS and/or RATS program.

Fellows and residents as well as thoracic surgeons with limited experience in advanced thoracoscopic procedures will also benefit from sharing their experience with experts and colleagues.

The course will focus on technological aspects, approaches, use and location of access incisions, all major pulmonary resections including segmentectomies and advanced procedures, tips and tricks, and analysis and management of complications.

Advanced Course in Video-assisted Thoracic Surgery – VATS and RATS


Course date & options

Course status


Training sessions including VATS procedures only

  • No more courses for this period


Training sessions including VATS and RATS procedures

  • No more courses for this period

Course information

Course directors

D. Gossot (FR)
J.M. Baste (FR)
P.E. Falcoz (FR)

Faculty panel

K. Amer (GB)
T. Batchelor (GB)
G. Boddaert (FR)
D. Boulate (FR)
O. Collange (FR)
H. Decaluwé (BE)
R. Petersen (DK)
K. Pfeuty (FR)
A. Seguin (FR)
A. Sihoe (HK)
M. Tedde (BR)

Course objectives

  • To cover a broad spectrum of surgical procedures in VATS and RATS procedures
  • To provide indications for surgical treatment and discuss operative complications
  • To allow a real-time discussion between the experts and the trainee surgeons
  • To provide hands-on sessions to improve skills in VATS / RATS surgery through practice on live tissue (mini-pigs) or simulators under expert tutorial
  • To describe postoperative clinical results and practical applications of evidence-based clinical medicine

Target audience

Thoracic surgeons, general surgeons, paediatric surgeons


Educational methods

  • Interactive theoretical and video sessions between Faculty and course participants
  • Pre-recorded operative demonstrations
  • Training on live tissue (mini-pigs) or simulators under expert tutorial

Cancellation policy

CME credits & accreditations

Resolution of conflicts of interest (COI)

The IRCAD training center has industrial and research partners (Karl Storz, Covidien/Medtronic, and Intuitive Surgical) and Course Faculty members and Healthcare professionals declare these industrial partners are never committed to the elaboration and running organization of the programs or in the choice of experts. There is neither publicity nor promotion in the form of pull-up stands or flyers during the course.

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Educational sponsorship and funding

IRCAD has received financial support in the form of an unrestricted financial support. IRCAD course funding occurs via an unrestricted support from IRCAD sponsors (medical device companies). Funding is provided free of any attempt to influence the program, individual sessions, subjects for discussion, content and choice of faculty members.
Commercial names of medical devices/software/equipment may appear because they are linked to specific medical procedures, which are the focus of this training course. Other products in the market can be used to perform the aforementioned medical procedures. The IRCAD as an educational provider does not endorse any particular product.

Live the IRCAD experience to the fullest

The courses are organized in such a way that participants are fully immersed in the heart of the Institute, from start to finish.

One day at IRCAD

Your course by day, the comfort and luxury in Les Haras Hotel **** by night

A place with a unique design, inspired by history and the universe of horses… Les Haras Hotel**** honors leather and wood to take its guests on a journey through time.

The Haras Brasserie offers a modern and friendly cuisine. The great classics of French cuisine are celebrated there, alongside signature dishes from Alsace or inspirations from the world over.


It was a very impressive course - thank you very much.

Very interesting course with many precious teachings.

Very good organization - excellent teaching course.

Thanks so much, I learnt much new innovation for my speciality!

The day was informative and the practical session was excellent

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