Forward Academy™ ESD Training


Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD): Six-month training curriculum

The need for a well-organised and structured training in ESD across Europe has been clearly highlighted by the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE).

Inspired by the ESGE curriculum for endoscopic submucosal dissection training, we created our Forward Program, a com­prehensive six-month training program. Here, experts in ESD act as mentors, guiding participants and comprehensively teaching the necessary skills.

Our Forward Program aims to target high-potential, skilled physicians who would like to be the future experts in performing ESD. It entails several steps to guarantee the development of the trainee’s skills, including comprehensive one-on-one mentoring, ex-vivo and in-vivo hands-on training as well as case observation. 


The application period for this training program is now closed. The applicants will be notified about the final decisions on their applications by the organizing team.

Training steps  

  1. 23.+24.06.2023: ESD basics lectures and ex-vivo hands-on
  2. 28.+29.09.2023: ESD advanced lectures and in-vivo cases
  3. Virtual and personal mentoring via Proximie (digital learning platform)


  • Target group:  GI Endoscopists
  • Course language: English
  • Number of participants:  15 physicians from Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • Criteria for application: Physicians who already started the ESGE ESD training curriculum.
  • Selection process: All applications will be carefully reviewed to select 15 final participants.
  • Participation fee:  Free of charge
  • Course certificate: You will receive a certificate after the full completion of the 6 months programme.



Dr. Michael Häfner
Barmherzige Schwestern
KH, Vienna, AT

Mr Amyn Haji
King's College Hospital
London, UK

Dr. Arjun Koch
Erasmus MC
Rotterdam, NL

Dr. Michał Spychalski
Brzeziny Specialized
Hospital, Brzeziny, PL

Prof. Jérémie Jacques
CHU de Limoges
Limoges, FR

Prof. Mathieu Pioche
CHU de Lyon
Lyon, FR

Organizational Information

First Training location (ex-vivo)

PENTAX Europe GmbH
Julius-Vosseler-Str. 104
22527 Hamburg


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