Within the medical sector, there are continuous developments and pursuits to enhance the quality of care. Within the field of paediatric surgery, minimal invasive surgery (MIS) has become an important part of the procedures as part of the new, innovative techniques that are being developed.
Within the medical sector, there are continuous developments and pursuits to enhance the quality of care. Within the field of paediatric surgery, minimal invasive surgery (MIS) has become an important part of the procedures as part of the new, innovative techniques that are being developed. However, there is a large knowledge gap between the newly developed surgical techniques and its practical use within Europe. The Erasmus+ TEACHER project, of which Elevate Health has become a proud partner, has been established to tackle these skills gaps.
The Erasmus+ TEACHER project is coordinated by University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht and will focus on the rare disease Esophageal Atresia (EA) and tracheal malformations in newborns. It is being lead by Prof. David van der Zee, Dr. Tytgat and Associate Prof. Maud Lindeboom from UMC Utrecht, all experienced paediatric surgeons and internationally renowned for their technical skills and publications on esophageal atresia, upper GI and tracheal surgery.
Only a few medical centers in Europe have the expertise to perform innovative paediatric surgical techniques for this disease and unfortunately, techniques are not well shared among the medical centers. Moreover, the level of education on innovative paediatric surgery is insufficient and a program for EA and tracheal malformations does not exist. Kicking-off this winter, the 36 months TEACHER project will create a network between four medical centers and two industry partners in Italy, Sweden, the UK and The Netherlands to have an inclusive, higher medical education program, targeted at junior and senior paediatric surgeons.
In the early stages of the project, Elevate Health will monitor the coherency and quality of the overall training structure from an educational and didactical perspective. Moreover, Elevate will be responsible for the design and development of the two online training modules as part of the training program for junior paediatric surgeons. With our team of Instructional Designers, Elevate offers the medical experts advice and guidance throughout the entire project. For the blended teach-the-teacher program, Elevate will provide the online platform where both junior and senior surgeons can interact and communicate with each other. Here at Elevate we are proud to work together with UMC Utrecht & Incision (The Netherlands), University College London (United Kingdom), Karolinska University Hospital (Sweden) and Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù (Italy).