Emergency Surgery Course (ESC)

The ESC® (joint collaboration between ESTES and AAST) aims to aid surgeons in non-trauma emergency surgery by providing the know-how and the decision-making skills necessary for daily practice. The course consists of theoretical sessions, case scenarios and state-of-the-at videos. The course is especially designe in an interactive format from the beginning until the end.

The course is divided into two parts:

  • the first consists of several theoretical, didactic sessions, designed to provide the basic steps for adequate and timely diagnostic and decision-making
  • the second, video-based, designed to provide tips and tricks to improve the skills of the general surgeon to deal with surgical emergencies.

In sum, the ESC has the following goals:

  • Confront surgeons with every day and problematic emergency scenarios
  • Provide concrete answers and guidelines for questions emerging from these situations
  • Hone the decision-making skills necessary to manage pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative issues

We provide two days of emergency surgery education that include:

• Breakout sessions
• Case discussions
• Topic reviews
• Etc.

Topics include but are not limited to:

• Abdominal sepsis
• Bowel obstruction
• Colorectal emergencies
• Acute cholecystitis
• Obstetric emergencies
• Etc.

Interested in holding an ESC at your institution? Contact rsass@aast.org for more details!