This ESAP Workshop was held at the Singapore General Hospital, sponsored by the APSR as an Educational Seminar of the APSR (ESAP) activity and organized by the Singapore Thoracic Society as the local host.
The symposium consisted of lectures on pleural disease management conducted in a lively pro-con style debate by overseas and local faculty.
2010 is a special year as it marks a hundred years since the inception of thoracoscopy by Jacobaeus, and a full day was dedicated to flex-rigid pleuroscopy, rigid thoracoscopy and video-assisted thoracic surgery that culminated in a hands-on workshop on dogs.
The symposium was oversubscribed and registration was limited to 60 participants due to the hands-on session. Participants came from Dubai, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Korea and Australia.
Feedback about the symposium and hands-on workshop was excellent, and we saw a lively exchange of questions between faculty and participants after each pro-con debate. In addition, we had special segments on staging classification, early detection and targeted therapy of lung cancer, which were well-received.
Overall, most participants have expressed interest in attending another ESAP symposium in Singapore and we, as organizers of the 2nd ESAP (the first being on lung cancer and bronchoscopy in 2009), are extremely encouraged by the response.
(Pyng Lee, Course Director, April 14, 2010)