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Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatograpy (ERCP) is a technique that combines the use of endoscopy and fluoroscopy for the treatment of benign or malignant pathologies related to the biliary or pancreatic ductal systems. ERCP is a challenging and important therapeutic procedure that requires life-long learning and the need to adapt to the therapeutic aims on a case-by-case basis.

In this online course, Fahd Rana, Bharat Paranandi and Matthew Huggett provide expert guidance on how to approach level 1–2 ERCPs, which are the least difficult/complex procedures. They cover scope design, indications and contraindications for ERCP, different ERCP categories, patient information and consent, sedation, the ERCP technique itself, complications and post-ERCP care. 

The course includes comprehensive PPT slides, ERCP footage and bespoke video presentations, which were filmed in Leeds in September 2019. The estimated time needed to complete the course, including the final assessment, is 60 minutes.

This course was developed by: UEG.

  • To understand the importance of communication, patient information and consent
  • To be aware of the indications and contraindications for ERCP
  • To understand the basic skills involved in ERCP
  • To understand the different categories of ERCP
  • To be aware of the complications of ERCP

Lead authors
Matthew Huggett is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and HPB Physician at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK.

Bharat Paranandi is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and HPB Physician at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK.

Fahd Rana is an HPB Fellow at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK. 

Course Editors
Manuele Furnari, Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology Unit, Policlinico San Martino- IRCCS, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy.

Natalie Wood, Lead Editor, UEG E-learning.

  • This course is aimed at beginners in ERCP who are in the early stages of ERCP training.
  • The course is designed to last approximately 1 hour in total. 
  • The author(s) and the course editor have declared that they have no conflicts of interest in relation to the material in this course. 
  • The production of this course was funded entirely by UEG. No external sponsorship was received.
  • The material used in this course was prepared in 2019.
  • Unless otherwise stated, all display items are provided courtesy of the course authors.
  • Learners are invited to test their knowledge at the beginning and the end of the course via a series of MCQs and ‘drag-and-drop’ questions (20 questions in total).
  • The course has a pass mark of 70%. Those scoring less than the required pass mark are encouraged to revisit the course and retake the assessment.  Upon successful completion, learners will be able to download a high-quality infographic summary of the course.

Release Date: October 2019

            This course, made available on and organised by United European Gastroenterology, is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to award 1 European CME credit (ECMEC).
            Each medical specialist should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). Only those e-learning materials that are displayed on the UEMS-EACCME website have formally been accredited.