Forward Academy ESD Training

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 a com­prehensive six-month training programme. Here, experts in ESD act as mentors, guiding participants and comprehensively teaching the necessary skills.

Our Forward Academy ESD 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 ex-vivo and in-vivo hands-on training as well as case observation. 

Training steps

  1. 20.-21.06.2024: ESD basics lectures and ex-vivo hands-on

  2. 13.-14.09.2024: ESD advanced lectures and in-vivo cases

  3. Virtual and personal mentoring via Proximie (digital learning platform) and on site at mentors’ hospitals



  • 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.
  • Application: Physicians who already started the ESGE ESD training* or gained ESD knowldedge as shown by Curriculum Vitae
  • Application deadline: 31.03.2024 
  • Course certificate: You will receive a certificate after the full completion of the 6 months programme.
  • To view upcoming scheduled courses, please visit: EMEA Event Overview


Course mentors

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

Additional mentors or guest speakers may enrich the current faculty.

Organizational information

First Training location (ex-vivo)

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


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