The 8th annual EVF HOW Hands On Workshop Report

EVF HOW 2017 – Education in Venous Disease

Marianne De Maeseneer, Tomasz Urbanek, Stephen Black

The first European Venous Forum Hands-on Workshop on Venous Disease (EVF HOW) was organized in 2010 in Larnaca, Cyprus. The format combines “state-of-the art” presentations providing up-to-date information of modern practical management of venous disease, illustrated by case management discussions, live demonstrations, and most importantly, hands-on instruction with training on modern procedures. For the last 8 years, this combination of learning instruction has been shown to be successful and was so again at the 8th EVF HOW, which took place in the historic university city Krakow in Poland on 26-28 October, 2017. Each Workshop is limited to 100 participants. A faculty of more than 30 ensures an unusual low learner/instructor ratio (3:1). The impact on the learners was significant. Multiple choice questions (MCQ) tests performed before and after the meeting had an 70% response rate and the average correct result was substantially increased for the vast majority of the delegates. The Workshop would influence and change all learners’ clinical practice in the future (unanimous response, 100%). This success could not have been sustained through the years without the support of dedicated faculty members and the strong commitment of industry partners. The format will be continuously refined as we develop the 9th EVF HOW, which is planned to return on 25-27 October 2018 to Limassol, in beautiful Cyprus. Almost 900 physicians, including the 8th Workshop and the satellite mini – EVF HOW in Georgia 2014, have now completed the course, so EVF HOW is step-by-step expanding knowledge of venous disease and its clinical management in Europe. As only 100 participants are accepted on a “first come – first served” basis, it is recommended to register early to ensure a place.

Please contact Anne Taft, Administrative Director, European Venous Forum; tel/fax +44 (0)20 8575 7044; email admin@europeanvenousforum.org.

The objectives of evf HOW

To educate, train and update learners (the delegates) in the current clinical management of patients with venous disease by close informal interaction with venous experts during lectures, case discussions and hands-on activities in small groups. At the end of this course the learner (delegate) should be able to
1. identify venous disease in patients
2. apply appropriate venous investigations
3. construct a plan for management
4. understand different interventional procedures
5. successfully incorporate treatment of venous patients in his/her practice
6. realize when to refer a patient for expert care

 

evf HOW Format

The EVF HOW mission statement is ”Education and hands-on practice for the benefit of patients with venous disease”. The goal is to provide understanding of modern practical management of venous disease and hands-on training of modern procedures. An integral partner in this effort is the providers of different devices, sclerosing agents, stockings, bandages, ulcer care materials, ultrasound machines etc. The objectives of the EVF HOW are impossible to fulfill without this partnership. The instruction of learning has from the start been structured on a few principles, which are important for the success of the Workshop:

  1. the number of learners is limited to 100 to facilitate interaction between
    instructors and delegates and thus the faculty/learner ratio is high – 1/3
  2. the hands-on sessions are largely truly hands-on for the delegates, not small
    lectures or only a demonstration of procedures
  3. all learning sessions are informal in a relaxed setting to allow uninhibited
    communication between delegates, faculty members and industry representatives
  4. plenty of time is set aside for discussion with the greatest interaction occurring at
    the workshop stations
  5. the learners are encouraged to bring their own cases for presentation and
    discussion
  6. there is no exhibition or parallel activity.

The format of the EVF HOW in 2018 will be similar to previous years including formal lectures, case discussions and interactive video demonstrations on different treatment techniques and duplex scanning, covering acute and chronic venous diseases. The focus will be on hands-on training on procedures and devices. Faculty members in collaboration with the industry experts will instruct at 24 workshop stations. The delegates will attend each workshop station during 30 min in small groups (maximum 4-5 delegates), giving each participant time to try out devices, practice bandages etc.

The EVF HOW Format

The EVF HOW mission statement is ”Education and hands-on practice for the benefit of patients with venous disease”. The goal is to provide understanding of modern practical management of venous disease and hands-on training of alternative procedures. An integral partner in this effort is the providers of different devices, sclerosing agents, stockings, bandages, ulcer care materials, ultrasound machines etc. The objectives of the EVF HOW are impossible to fulfill without this partnership. The instruction of learning has from the start been structured on a few principles, which are important for the success of the Workshop:

  • the number of learners is limited to 100 to facilitate interaction between instructors and delegates and thus the faculty/learner ratio is high – 1/3
  • the hands-on sessions are largely truly hands-on for the delegates, not small lectures or only a demonstration of procedures
  • all learning sessions are informal in a relaxed setting to allow uninhibited communication between delegates, faculty members and industry representatives
  • plenty of time is set aside for discussion with the greatest interaction occurring at the workshop stations
  • the learners are encouraged to bring their own cases for presentation and discussion
  • there is no exhibition or parallel activity.

The tools of instruction includes presentations, case discussions and live demonstrations on duplex scanning covering acute and chronic venous diseases. The focus will be on hands-on training on procedures and devices. Faculty members in collaboration with the industry experts will instruct at 20-24 workshop stations. The delegates will attend each workshop station during 30 min in small groups (4-5 delegates), giving each participant time to try out devices, practicing bandages etc.

Note! The learner will be given a certificate of attendance of the course, which in no way ensures or certifies any competence to perform the procedures. EVF does not have that authority.

Learning Enhanced by Associated Website

In 2013 the EVF HOW website was introduced. This is a web-based password-protected portfolio. Each learner participating in the EVF HOW has access to all presentations, important references and guidelines, case reports for discussion, videos of procedures supplementary information about the workshop stations and other study material. Access is available for one year after the Workshop. This gives the learners a possibility to go back and reinforce and enhance their learning experience. Additional material will be added during the year. The learners has highly appreciated the website using it to reinforce and enhance their learning.