The primary aim of the 5th ESO ESMINT ESNR Stroke Winter School was bringing together European stroke physicians and neurointerventionalists in order to enhance interdisciplinary management of patients with acute ischaemic stroke.
The organising committee welcomed 64 participants; 36 stroke physicians and 28 neurointerventionalists from 20 different countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
The 29 speakers including neurologists, interventional and non-interventional neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, and neuropediatricians led challenging discussions. The teaching program included 31 lectures and 4-6 tutorials. The main focus of the lectures was interdisciplinary treatment of acute stroke. Session topics included; acute stroke imaging, acute treatment strategies including endovascular approaches, stroke treatment in difficult circumstances and needs to set up an interdisciplinary stroke center. Tutorials were given separately for neurointerventionalists and stroke physicians.
A special highlight for the interventional neurointerventionalists were the hands-on teaching sessions with the animal model. Small groups of 4-5 participants were given the opportunity to perform diagnostic angiography and endovascular treatment procedures such as thrombectomy with multiple devices.
Another highlight was the newly established stroke simulation course: stroke physicians and neurointerventionalists took part in a real-life setting with simulated clinical stroke cases: physicians had to take care of the stroke patient and to decide on acute stroke management. Physicians were observed by colleagues and professionals and received feedback on their performance.
During the stroke winter school a faculty meeting was held with members of the ESO, ESMINT and ESNR leadership to discuss future common strategies to enhance the quality of stroke management. Main topic was the training of future neurointerventionalists in areas with a current lack of experienced staff.
The following sponsors contributed to the realization of the stroke winter school:
Stryker, Microvention, Penumbra, Cerenovus, Medtronic, 1a Medical AG, Balt, Vascular Medical, Rapid medical, Phenox, Siemens, Daiichi-Sankyo, Boehringer Ingelheim
There will be a 6th ESO ESMINT ESNR Stroke Winter School end of January 2019 in Bern. More information will be available on www.eso-stroke.org and at www.strokewinterschool.ch in due time.