Laparoscopic General Surgery Intensive Course

Full immersion in general surgery

The most popular course in IRCAD is intended for all surgeons who are graduates or in training and who wish to update or discover the latest technological and technical advances in laparoscopy.

This course opens a perspective on the most common interventions in laparoscopic surgery which are presented and discussed in plenary meeting and applied during the many training sessions on live pig models.

In the morning, participants will attend theoretical courses on different aspects of general surgery.

Four experimental laboratory afternoons with training on live tissue will give the laparoscopic surgeon a broad perspective of the technique as well as the practical know-how essential to good clinical practice.

Laparoscopic General Surgery Intensive Course


Course Information

Course status

  • No more courses for this period

Practical training on live tissue

No accommodation, no social programme and no entertainment included in the registration fees for participants

Course information

Course objectives

  • To provide basic knowledge required for safe use of laparoscopic surgery

  • To describe all technical (instruments, trocars, energy sources…) and physiology principles of laparoscopic surgery

  • To critically review the most common laparoscopic surgical procedures

  • To learn or improve laparoscopic skills by repeatedly practicing suturing, knot-tying and performing surgical procedures during hands-on sessions

Target audience

This course is intended for general surgeons, digestive surgeons, fellows and residents in training

Cancellation policy

Educational methods

  • Interactive didactic and video sessions between Faculty and course participants

  • Live and pre-recorded operative demonstrations

  • Supervised hands-on training on live animal models

  • Objective structured assessment of technical skills

Optional University Diploma in Laparoscopic Surgery

Evaluation through theoretical exams and practical tests at the end of the Intensive course session leads to the delivery of a “University Diploma in Laparoscopic Surgery” awarded by the University of Strasbourg.
The diploma fees (around 430 Euros) are to be paid in cash.
No payment by credit card will be accepted.

CME credits and Ethical MedTech compliance for these courses

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.


Excellent lectures. Excellent teachers and mentors always ready to help and inform us of tricks. Thank you for the progress!

Very nice course, friendly staff, amazing doctors, well-structured and arranged

I love this course : excellent trainers with exceptional knowledge. High quality animal lab, up to date equipment, lovely nurses and anesthesiologists. I would definitely recommend this course to my colleagues and will be coming back to attend other IRCAD courses.

It was a really amazing experience and considering the current pandemic situation, it was really safe! Thank you very much for this unforgettable week!

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A generally excellent course with very good organization both in preparing the theoretical lectures and the practical sessions. I would highly recommend it to my colleagues that seek an advanced laparoscopic training!

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