Dear colleagues
and friends,

Fostered through the scientific exchange between the Section Anatomy of the University Medical Center Groningen (The Netherlands) and the Department for Plastic, Aesthetic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery at the Evangelisches Krankenhaus Oldenburg (Germany), this course embodies the initiation of a new excellence cluster in microsurgical training.

Microsurgery has become an established discipline in plastic and reconstructive surgery nowadays, requiring outstanding technical skills and extensive anatomical knowledge to achieve successful results. Attaining these skills requires intense structured training before entering the operating room. In an effort to provide suitable learning platforms, several training concepts ranging from specialized courses to complete master programs have emerged.
Nevertheless, under an ever-increasing demand for training, courses aimed at training in flap harvesting all too often suffer from limited availability, expensive fees, or low trainer-trainee ratios, all of which result in suboptimal knowledge acquirement.

This course was designed to actively address these issues, offering skills training the right way: in an excellent learning environment and designed around the simple principle of one-to-one training. Provided with state–of–the–art facilities and instrumentation, while exercising on outstandingly preserved fresh human tissue, you will have the opportunity to harvest a large array of flaps after the “see one-do one” principle, under the close guidance of expert faculty.

Through the ongoing support of our friends, world-renowned experts, we succeeded assembling a fine faculty lineup, which will share with you on a hands-on basis, their unique flap harvesting expertise.

Groningen is the capital city (200,000 inhabitants) of the most northern province of the Netherlands. Thanks to its large student population (around 55,000) it is the youngest city of the Netherlands. As a former semi-independent state and member of the German Hanseatic League it has rich history, making Groningen an attractive city for both young and old. The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is one of the largest hospitals in the world (almost 13,000 employees), offering superregional tertiary care to the northern part of the Netherlands. It provides specialty training at its state of the art facilities for over 750 physicians. Through its affiliation with the University of Groningen the UMCG educates almost 1,000 PhD students per year. The UMCG collaborates with the University of Oldenburg in the European Medical School Oldenburg-Groningen

We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation and thanks to our host, the University Medical Center Groningen, for the use of its modern facilities and body donation program, thus playing a pivotal role into making this course possible. Our thanks head also towards our good friend and official partner of this course, Mr. Markus Spingler, director at the S&T AG (Schaffhausen, Switzerland). His efforts and continuous support have decisively catalyzed the transformation of this course into reality. Last but not least, we would like to acknowledge the ongoing support and invaluable suggestions of the Directory Board of the Evangelisches Krankenhaus in Oldenburg, whom alongside with the organizing committee stand at the foundation of this exciting event.

We are looking forward to welcome you in Groningen for an unforgettable journey in the realm of modern reconstructive microsurgery.

Your Organising Committee